Are you beginning to notice holes appearing in the timber of your house? Is the timber surface beginning to resemble a piece of honeycomb?
Our termite treatment has been successful at saving many homes!
Termite Pest Control
Termites are a common nuisance in rural Victoria and New South Wales. Termites have usually been associated with being a nuisance in timber buildings, however, they are also very destructive in concrete! Many homes have gardens built up against the edge of the slab, allowing an easy path for termites to crawl between the bricks and mortar into the concrete slab, or through hairline cracks under the slab.
Houses and sheds on concrete piers can also be affected. Look out for mud tracks or shelters that run up the concrete pier.
Termites can travel up to 100 metres from their nest, therefore we recommend a regular 12-month termite inspection is recommended to ensure any new termites are taken care of. Our sniffer dogs are 27% more accurate than the best human controller.
Firstly we conduct a physical inspection.
This involves looking in the ceiling, under the house (where possible), checking garden beds, fences, sheds etc. Steve is listening for a hollow sound, the sound of termite mud falling or even the sound of a termite clicking its head as a defensive mechanism.
Steve then uses specific types of equipment to monitor levels of moisture within the wall cavities, a thermal imaging camera to check for heat signatures, a movement sensor to detect termite movement behind a wall
We then bring in the termite detection dogs. These dogs are 98% accurate in located LIVE termites. They do not detect old damage or dead termites.
These dogs are 28% more accurate than the BEST human pest control operator.
These dogs can detect ONE termite. They will sit and indicate with their nose when the detect the scent of termites. They will not move until they have been rewarded.
They do not crawl under the house or into roof cavities.
The detection dogs cannot be interacted with while they are working, they cannot be treated with food at anytime because they associate work with food. Once they have finished working, clients are encouraged to interact with them. These dogs are pets after hours and behave just like dogs.
The only way to identify a gene of termites is through identification of the soldier termite.
We have three main termites in OUR area:
Coptotermes are the most destructive termite in Victoria. These are the termites that are responsible for the majority of the horror stories you see and hear on the TV. The trained pest controller can easily identify the Coptotermes Genus. These guys mainly nest in the crown root of a tree. Although being the most destructive, they are vulnerable to all treatment systems, chemicals or dusting.
Nasutitermes are also a common subterranean termite in our area. These termites cause destruction and the soldier is easily identifiable. Nasutitermes build their nests, underground, normally against a tree or fence post in the form of a mound. This gene does not normally strike at baiting and monitoring stations, therefore leaving us, the pest controller, limited options in eradication.
The Heterotermes cause no significant problems to home-owners. Heterotermes are not a social termite, meaning that once disturbed, they will go into hiding and take time for them to show themselves again. Heterotermes build nests similar to that of a Nasutitermes, building against a tree or post, but they don't build mounds but the CAN build their nest onto the side of an existing termite mound such as the Narsuititermes. Although soldiers look very similar to the Coptotermes, they are quite the opposite and are considered happy feeding on fence posts and old timber laying around. Very rarely do they attack a house, if they do, it's only superficial damage.