Termite Treatment

As an experienced local termite company, we know the risk that Townsville termites pose to homes and commercial buildings is huge. No matter how old or new your Townsville home is, termites can damage your property. Their population can number in the millions, working together to chew through timber structures of your home, shed and other buildings, leaving you with paper-thin supports.

Termites are such a problem in this country that insurance companies do not cover the replacement of termite-damaged timber. Therefore if you were to have a termite infestation, the repair bill could run into the thousands of dollars from having to treat the active termites then repair the damages to your property all out of your own pocket.

Termites, also commonly known as White Ants due to their creamy colouring and ant-like behaviours, are more readily found in humid tropical climates. There are approximately 350 species of termites in Australia, with around 20 species that cause significant damage to timber. Termites enter properties by building belowground soil tunnels with concealed entry points into buildings.

A Colony of Termites

How Can We Help?

Termite inspections are one of the first steps of termite management. In North Queensland, inspections should be carried out every 6-12 months to help ensure your property remains free from infestation. Without regular inspections, termites have time to cause extensive damage to timber structures within your house or building.

Following a termite inspection on a property, a diagnosis can be provided, in the form of advice, recommendations and management plans. Your individual termite management strategy will depend on the size and location of your property, construction methods, termite entry points, surrounding landscape, vegetation and the level of termite risk in your area.

A typical termite management plan can involve termite inspections, treated zones, baiting and monitoring or a combination of each.

Termite Inspections

Most commonly, this is a visual inspection to accessible parts of a building or property, focusing on known common termite entry points and habits. Typically the areas accessed to provide a complete diagnosis are – ceilings, internal building areas, external building areas and subfloors. Conditions that promote termite attack are highlighted and recommendations made.

Termite Barriers

A “Chemical Soil Barrier” or “Termite Barrier” are the common descriptions given to a termiticide treated zone in the soil. This is the result of applying a liquid termiticide to the soil around the footings and/or slab edge areas, surrounding a building. This sometimes includes subfloor areas, concrete construction joints in garage step-downs, porches and patios.

There is a range of different liquid termiticide products available to apply to the soil, all with varying levels of toxicity, efficacy and suitability. Some products work by repelling, while others are non-repellent with a potential transfer effect. One of the safest non repellent liquid products available currently is Altriset, by Syngenta.

Baiting & Monitoring

Baiting and monitoring aims to eliminate termite colonies from within and around structures. A very safe bait matrix is fed to active termites and breaks down their ability to eat. Once the colony is deceased, monitoring stations provide a very safe way to maintain a homeowner’s peace-of-mind.

This system consists of installing stations into the ground around your property and onto the infestations within your home. These stations have timber inside and a formulation is applied to attract termites to the stations. Baiting and monitoring provides an environmentally friendly option as there is no use of chemicals and the bait that is used is even less toxic to us than common table salt.