I have concrete stumps, will I still have termites?Yes! You can still have termites. The beauty of concrete 'peirs' is that it makes termites show themselves to the pest controllers in
The form of building mud tracks or shelters up the length of the concrete pier in the pursuit of timber feeding bearers.
I have a concrete slab, will I still have termites?
Yes! You can still have termites. 95% of homes have gardens built over the concrete slab edge, thus allowing hidden termite entry between bricks and mortar and the concrete slab.
They can even enter under concrete slabs through hairline cracks over time. This is more common that people think.
I had the house treated years ago, am I still OK?
No You are not 100% safe. Most chemical treatments nowadays, last in the soil for 6 - 10 years, keeping in mind that a bridge or breech of the soil treatment can occur if a dog, for instance, gains access under your house and digs out the treated soil to your pier.
Also, other things that can breech your soil treatment, are the building up of garden beds and the storing of timber under your house. Regular 12 monthly inspections, even after soil treatment will alert the pest controller of any termite activity before it becomes a problem
Why can't I just buy a termicide from the hardware store?
You certainly can buy termicides from the hardware store.
The problem is that do-it-yourself treatments, is that you are not aware of the active constituent (repellent of non-repellent). You are not trained to put the right dosage to treat the house as well as the tools and knowledge to do a thorough treatment.
Also, the average person is only guessing whether they have solved their termite problem only to find that months later the damage is far greater than it once was.
Our house is only 2 years old, we've had physical barriers installed, so why do I need an inspection?
The problem with physical barriers is that you’re putting all your trust in all of the tradesmen that built your house.
Once the pest controller has laid the physical barrier and left, there is a lot of trust in the brick layers, plumbers, electricians, and builders etc. to not cut or hinder the physical barrier.
We have seen many buildings and barriers breached because of this and it is not the fault of the physical barrier but of the following tradespeople.
If we have ant caps, why do I need an inspection?
This is the biggest myth for homeowners. An ant cap can be corrode between pier and bearer which can't be seen. An ant cap needs to be a full continuous barrier. An ant cap is designed to allow that once the termites come up or in a wooden pier or concrete pier, they hit the ant cap. This then forces them to build their mud under and over the ant capping. This allows the pest controller to visually see the termite activity.
Repellent or non-repellent, what is the difference?
Repellent treatments basically repel the termites as they hit the treated soil, sending them away from the house or building in which you are protecting. This chemical treatment has been the most commonly used and is a cheaper option for the budget conscious home owner. Keep in mind that the major problem with this, is that the termites are still live and active, allowing your fences, sheds and outbuildings, and even neighbours properties to be attacked.
Non Repellent allows the termite to enter through the treated soil and into the piers, but using the transfer effect, killing the active termites and the nest. This type of treatment is what we thoroughly recommend as normally, the termite nest is eradicated within a month. This lasts in the soil for a minimum of 8 years.This is a more expensive treatment however the most effective.
With bait stations, they are above ground and are placed on the workings of active termites. These termites, then feed on the bait, transferring it back to the nest. This method is something we can monitor and can take 4 - 6 months for the colony elimination as compared to the non-repellent treatment of one month elimination.
In ground monitoring and bait stations are placed around your home approximately three meters apart. These are great for the environmentally conscious home owner. This is the cheaper option but takes longer for eradication.