It’s always good to look on the positive side when you have a termite infestation, something we discovered recently with a house in Crestmead.
Crestmead is a very common area for us to treat with termite management systems, and we find a lot of termites called Schedorhinotermes in this particular area as many of the homes in the area are low-set homes on concrete slabs.
In this particular case, we were called out to have a look at a termite problem in the main bedroom. The homeowner had discovered damage in the window frame, and this is where we did our first stage of the treatment with Premis Foam, which we injected into the frames where the termite workings were.
Upon further inspection, we found there was more activity than the owner first thought, which was, virtually, the entire front section of the house, and the entire right-hand side, along with the rear wall of the house. Essentially, it ended up that about 75 to 80 percent of the house was termite infested, so any positives in this situation were welcome at this stage!
As well as doing the foaming process on the day we inspected, we did a proposal for the owner to install an external termite treatment zone around the property for the next week. This involved drilling holes at approximately 300mm intervals around the exterior of the house and injecting 10 litres per linear metre of Premis. This gave the house a five-year warranty with Cure All Pest Control and this is to be maintained by yearly inspections. The first positive outcome for the owner.
For part of the external treatment zone we needed to install, we had to ask the homeowner to remove gas bottles, so we could get closer to the footings of the home. We also asked the homeowner to drain the water out of the tank and remove it, so we could get access up against the edge of the house. We asked the homeowner that when putting back the water tank that they not to put it hard up against the brick wall. By keeping it 300 millimetres off the wall, we can get a nice visual on the external wall of the house in future.
Another of the positives is that the air conditioner unit on the outside of the house was raised up off the ground. Therefore we had good airflow going through with no hidden entry points. Another good thing was that the water overflow pipe projected out away from the wall so there wasn’t excess water dripping up against the foundations of the house making a favourable moist environment for termite activity. So, that was some more positive news for the homeowner.
We hope this case study has given you some insight into how we can inspect and treat your home for termites. Contact Cure All’s White Ant Man today for expert assistance and any termite queries you may have.