The CSIRO reports that termites cause more damage than fire and that more than one in five houses have termite damage with an estimated damage bill of more than $100 million every year. Termites are often referred to as ‘white ants’ but they share very few characteristics with ants.
Part of conducting termite control is understanding how termites can enter your home. Through the construction of tunnels, both underground and over edges of concrete slabs, up sub-floor walls and over or through items that appear in their way, termites can travel a radius of at least 50 metres and to a depth of at least 300 mm underneath the ground. Shelter tubes are built if they need to travel above ground over items to get to food and also to protect them from the dry air outside and other insect predators.
The Cure All Solution
Cure All Pest Control has been conducting termite control since 1966. Our Four-Step Approach to ridding your home of termites and protecting your property involves:
- Assess and recommendation
First we conduct a termite assessment to evaluate the problem and determine what treatment will deliver the most effective results for your particular circumstances and the relevant cost involved.
- Inspection and termite treatment
We then perform a full termite inspection with damage assessment and after extensive investigation we execute the first stage of our treatment plan to treat the immediate infestation and rid your home of termites.
- Termite protection
The third phase of our treatment plan is directed at long-term control of termites in your home. This ensures that not only are termites eradicated from your home but you are protected from any future infestation.
We assess the effectiveness of the treatment program, analyse the results and perform follow-up inspections if necessary.
Some termites can live in dry timber and are adapted to obtaining their water requirements from the wood in which they live. They do not have contact with the soil.
Treatment for termites involves the spraying of the unpainted side of attacked timber with a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide, which is mixed with an oil base to maximise penetration into the timbers. Painted timbers need to be injected around attacked areas. Termite treatments should be performed once every five years. Other treatment methods involve covering of the structure with tenting and introducing a fumigant gas. This work would be coordinated by the Department of Primary Industries.
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Treatment for borers involves the spraying of the underside of susceptible flooring with a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide, which is mixed with an oil base to maximise penetration into the timbers. Borer treatments should be carried out every year for three consecutive years.