Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast - Termite inspections and treatments.
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Termites get into a house and can cause damage to structural timbers. The problem is, that these pests are not easily removed, as the colony must be eradicated before being able to treat the property.
If you find live termites, spraying them with your favourite fly spray will not remove the infestation, sure you'll kill a few termites, but the problem is far from over. Termites are social insects with potentially large nests and killing a few termites in an infested piece of timber will only cause the rest of the colony to look for another piece of timber, somewhere else in your home. It's best to get a professional to eradicate the whole colony. Thus eliminating the cause of the threat. We service the Newcastle, Hunter and Central coast areas. Providing expert termite control.
Schedorhinotermes in a termite bait station. Happily munching away in Bateau Bay!
We regularly check out bait stations as we don't want our baited termites to go hungry! The Schedorhinotermes can be quite difficult to eradicate, we successfully do it by baiting and constantly topping up the bait, if it's not, then the colony won't be eliminated! This colony is in Bateau Bay.
Dusting Termites with Termidor
One method of eradication is using dusts. Rest assured, we don't use anything dangerous. Arsenic dusting is still commonly used, but we feel it isn't safe enough to be used inside your home. Also, modern insecticides use more advanced modes of action to help spread the chemical to all termites and effectively eradicate the colony.
Removing Termite mud shelter tubes after eradication.
After every eradication, we remove the mud shelter tubes that the Termites have left behind. This is to ensure that there are no termites left, giving us a visual cue that they are effectively eradicated. This also ensures that future colonies won't use existing mud tubes to access the building again.
Termite infestation in subfloor
Subfloor infestation in a dwelling with poor ant capping. The termites have built a significant mud tube to feed on this home! The colony was effectively eradicated using baiting. Regular inspections will prevent this from happening again!
Termites being dusted with Termidor. Newcastle home.
See a termite colony being eradicated by dusting with Termidor. This video has been sped up to show how it's done over a period of time to ensure many termites are treated. After 2 subsequent inspections it was confirmed the colony was eradicated!
Eradicating a Termite nest
This Nasutitermes termite nest was one of many causing havoc around a property, we carefully eradicated all the nests by introducing a safe but effective termiticide. Termite nests contain workers, soldiers and the queen. It's the queen that we really want to destroy, along with the rest of the colony to ensure that the colony cannot survive. Killing a large number of the termites isn't enough.
Nasutitermes termites in their nest.
In this picture you can see some friendly Coptotermes soldiers popping their head out after a nice visit to a commercial property. This infestation was in a shop/workshop and cost the landlord thousands in repairs.
It's important to get professionals to deal with infestations, termites are very persistent and almost all readily available insecticides do not eliminate termite colonies, and even those that do require thorough knowledge and experience to effectively eradicate the colony.
Eradication by baiting.
Termite colonies infesting your home can be controlled by means of eradication by baiting. These baits can eradicate a whole colony by means of transferring a bait that feeding termites take back to the colony to eradicate it.
Timber stud completely eaten out by termites.
Termite Inspections - Get a Specialist!
What we do:
THE MOST thorough visual termite inspections, using the latest Termatrac Technology, which is more accurate than thermal imaging for detection of termites! All done in accord with AS3660.1-2000 and we are fully insured. And if we find termites, we won't use "High Pressure" sales tactics! We also use thermal imaging to not only look for termites but to give us insight into other potential issues, such as moisture.
An inspection for the average 3-4 bedroom house is $220inc GST, units are $110 inc GST.
Why choose us? After all, there's heaps of pest controllers out there!
We pride ourselves in being meticulous in our inspections, we are so dedicated that we are one of the only pest controllers who ONLY do termites, that means that all our training, resources and energies are wholly devoted to termites and their control.
We use the latest Termatrac technology to track down termites, checking every potential point of activity.
Not only will we provide a comprehensive inspection with a detailed report that's emailed to you straight after the inspection is completed. We will provide recommendations as required so that you know exactly what your property needs to meet Australian Standards for termite protection. We're happy to discuss these with you so that you know exactly what's happening with your property and what has to be done to keep it safe. - If you need a treatment - WE WON'T DON'T USE HIGH PRESSURE "ON THE SPOT" SALES TACTICS!
Checking for termites with a Termatrac T3i Radar mode.
The Termatrac allows us to look behind timber and walls. Using radar technology it helps us to see if there is any movement behind a wall, this is especially useful if you don't want to pull the wall apart to see if there is damage! This home on the Central Coast did not have termites despite their being high moisture. A relief for the homeowner!
What to look for in a roof - Termite damage - top plate in roof void.
Termites damaged this top plate, the damage was obvious during a termite inspection. You can hear the hollow sound from the damaged timber. Although it looks intact the majority of the center of the timber is damaged severely and the timber is not structurally sound. There were not longer any termites in this timber at the time of inspection.
Thermal Imaging Termite inspections.
We have all the latest tools and also use thermal imaging on our termite inspections. You can see that the thermal imaging even gives us insight into the structure behind the wall!
Termite Damage discovered during an inspection.
This extensive damage was discovered during an inspection, this home had large amounts of formwork left in place after it was constructed. The homeowner was not even notified of it when they purchased the home after a building and timber pest inspection by another firm. As a result, a massive termite colony ate out all the formwork before moving on to other parts of the home.
Fungal decay is a serious threat to timber structures, as well as a conducive condition to termites. So we report and inform you of any fungal decay (Wood Rot) around your property.
Schedorhinotermes - found during an inspection.
These destructive termites are commonly found along the Central Coast. They are highly destructive and hard to eradicate. They can be very flighty and often require a long, careful eradication program. We identify the type of termite in every inspection and then provide a tailored program based on what we find.
Termite Sub Nest in stored timber.
This home in Wyong had termites infesting it, and the cause was discovered when a pile of stored timber was moved. They had infested it and made themselves a new home! They were promptly eradicated, never to cause a problem again!
Termatrac showing termite activity.
The Termatrac T3i being used on a Termite inspection on a house in the Central Coast to ascertain termite movement inside a wall. The Termatrac allows us to look for movement inside walls, this is especially important for pre purchase inspections. It's so sensitive that it can show the movement of just one or two termites. It's great to know for sure if there are termites in suspicious areas.
Termites outside a home - along the wall.
These termites (coptotermes to be exact!) were building mud tubes along the external wall of a home, they were dying to get in! (Pun intended) We managed to keep them out, it took a thorough inspection to find their little hidey hole!
In a Recently Purchased home - Termite Sub Nest.
9 Months after purchasing a home in the Central Coast, the owner discovered termites. And it turned out to be a LOT of them! Whilst the report (from another company) may have made mention of a potential problem, the extent of the danger was not clearly conveyed in a manner they could easily understand. We include photos and specific details on our reports to let you know EXACTLY what is going on, it's not buried 9 pages into a report with thousands of words that don't make much sense. Pictures tell a thousand words, and we include a lot of them on our reports!
Performing a visual inspection - testing timber moisture.
Why get an annual inspection? The Australian standard recommends that all houses get an inspection at least annually. This ensures that your home is safe from termite attack and can even detect early signs of attack. But more than that, when your property is inspected, the report highlights any areas of concern that could be conducive to termite attacks.
Writing an inspection report - onsite.
Our inspection reports are written onsite, they are detailed and include photos and are emailed upon completion of the inspection.
Termite inspections help maintain warranties.
Many termite barriers that are installed carry a warranty, however these warranties are dependent on regular inspections and compliance with recommendations made during these inspections. Since termite damage is not covered by your comprehensive home insurance, maintaining regular inspections is a wise investment.
Termites in a tree.
An inspection will inform you of any termite activity in the surrounds of your property - such as these termites on a tree.
Baiting has been used for many years and is gaining popularity for termite protection. But what is it and what does it do?
Baiting in it's simplest form means feeding termites on a matrix* that they find attractive to feed on. It's like restaurant food for Termites. However, that delicious dish that they are feeding on is laced with an insecticide that ends up destroying the colony. The termiticides used are generally very safe and super effective. They vary from the common insecticides in that they don't kill termites quickly, in many cases adult termites are not affected at all, but an insect growth regulator (Commonly known as an IGR) inhibits the natural development of the young and thus causes the colony to collapse.
Eliminating the colony thus removes the threat to your property, and so is an effective method or eliminating termites that are feeding on your home or used to eradicate termites surrounding your home. However, once the colony is eliminated your property may still be susceptible to termite attack. A program of ongoing monitoring of bait stations placed around the perimeter of your property can provide protection from colonies nearby and thus prevent termite infestations. However, these must be installed correctly and monitored regularly to be effective.
A Sentricon Always Active Rod - Ready for installation!
The Sentricon always active system can be installed in concrete paths. Here we have carefully drilled a hole that will house the rod. If termites come within the vicinity of the home, they will start feeding on the rod which will subsequently eliminate the colony. Tests have shown that termites prefer feeding on this rod rather than timber!
The Rod is active from the moment of installation and can last up to 5 years!
A neat installation of the termite bait station in concrete.
Installing a Sentricon always active system.
A video of an installation of a Sentricon always active system. Protecting a new home in Newcastle.
Termites eating out a Sentricon always active rod!
This Sentricon Always active rod was significantly eaten out 8 weeks after installation! The termites feed on this and take a lethal dose of a termiticide back to the colony.
In concrete bait station - infestation.
This bait station was installed in a concrete path adjacent to a house and was dutifully checked 30 days later. It was loaded with Coptotermes termites! They were promptly baited.
Above Ground Baiting
Above ground baits can effectively eliminate colony that have infested a piece of timber in service.
These can be used to eliminate a colony that is infesting a building. However, a careful inspection and identification of the termite species must take place before a baiting program is decided upon.
A Termite bait station with bait being consumed.
Termite soldier head - showing colony elimination.
A Sentricon always active rod with termites.
Termites love eating our Sentricon Bait rods!
Pre Purchase Inspections
What we do:
We perform thorough* visual timber pest inspection in accord with AS 4349.1 and we are fully insured.
* We typically spend a minimum of 2-3 hours doing a thorough inspection!
An inspection for the average 3-4 bedroom house is $330 inc GST
Why choose us? After all, I can probably get it cheaper by getting a building and pest inspection combined!
We pride ourselves in being meticulous in our timber pest inspections inspections, we are so dedicated that we are one of the only pest controllers who ONLY do termites and timber pests, that means that all our training, resources and energies are wholly devoted to termites and their control. We can offer a proposal on site to provide you with all the details of what is required to bring the property up to AS3660 for termite protection, and because we specialise, we can back it up with specialist advice and any information you need to make an informed decision. We'll even talk you through the report.
How we go about it:
Not only do we check all timbers in the house for evidence of termite damage, we also check for moisture, conducive conditions including wood rot and other contributing factors. If we suspect there are termites, we can track them using our Termatrac which can pinpoint termite movement using radar technology. We can also use infrared thermal differentiation to look for signs for termite activity and then provide a detailed report. It may all sound very nerdy, but the important thing is that you can rest assured that we leave no stone unturned to make sure the inspection is comprehensive!
What you get:
All our inspection reports are completed in real time, on site. This means you can have your inspection report the moment we finish the inspection! Don't live near the property? Not a problem, we incorporate lots of photos in our reports to detail problem spots and identify what the report is referring to.
Termite damage found during a Pre Purchase Inspection.
This was found in a subfloor of a house at Lake Macquarie when we performed a pre purchase timber pest inspection on it. Needless to say, the homeowner was glad to have this discovered and it helped them make an informed choice regarding their inspection! We provide a detailed report with images to make your purchase an easier choice!
Inspecting a door jamb
Using Infra red thermal mapping to detect problem areas.
Termites can be very difficult to detect when no obvious signs of damage are visible. That's why we use the latest in termite tracking technology. Not only does our Termatrac unit detect movement, but we can also map out the slightest variation in temperature in walls and timbers, showing us where termites are most active. It's like an electronic termite bloodhound!
Using a Termatrac in difficult to reach places.
Reports are done electronically on site.
Reticulation Pump ups
Reticulated chemical systems allow termiticide to be applied to your property at required intervals without the need for drilling, trenching, cutting concrete or other extensive work. However, depending on the termiticide used and application rate, recharge intervals can vary from as little as 2 years to as much as 10 years! We can pump up your reticulation system with the latest, environmentally friendly termiticides. But more than that, we can inform you if your reticulation system is due for a pump up and information regarding your specific system.
Pumping up a reticulation system.
Installation of a reticulated system.
Reticulation systems allow for application of chemical in a variety of building techniques, and allow termiticides to be applied in places that would be impossible to reach once construction is completed.
Testing a reticulation system after installation.
Accredited systems allow application of chemical at the correct rate in a way that is safe, quick and efficient.
How do I know if I have a reticulation system?
There are a few ways. But one simple way is to have a walk around your property and look for a box in your footpath or landscaping adjacent to the building. Often the box will have a brand name such as "Altis" or "Termguard" embossed on the lid. It should be locked or screwed down so that no-one inadvertently comes into contact with any residual termiticide.