Termite Treatments Blacktown, Hills District and Western Sydney
If you’ve got termites, it can be a very stressful experience. With any termite treatment, it’s important to know that the termites are eliminated completely and are prevented from coming back, protecting your home.
But every situation is different – the house construction, type of termite species, amount of termite activity, soil type and environmental conditions, all impact the treatment strategy.
But don’t worry, Serial Pest Control are experienced in using the full range of termite products and will design a termite treatment plan to deal with your particular situation.
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If you think you have found termites or termite activity…
- Try not to disturb them further after the initial discovery
- Don’t spray them with insecticides
- Don’t break open wood / mud tubes to investigate
All these activities can make it more difficult to identify the extent of the problem and make them more difficult to control, as they will often leave the area temporarily when disturbed.
If you’re worried you might have termites just give Serial Pest Control a call
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Termite treatment process
Termite treatments need to be carried out according to Australian Standards 3660.2.
There are 4 main elements to a termite treatment:
A comprehensive termite inspection to Australian Standards 3660.2 is vital to map out all the termite activity and termite entry points to the build and create a detailed report. This activity takes a couple of hours and is not the same as the initial assessment we carry out to provide a quote.
This is the termite treatment proposal which we discuss with you when providing a quote. It is necessary to have a signed agreement before starting work.
According to Australian Standards, it’s important to attempt to locate and destroy any termite nest on the property. However, this is not often possible as they can be well hidden and often on a neighbouring property. In addition, there’s no way of knowing if any nest we find is the one that’s attacking your home. As such, even if we find a nest, the focus is on eliminating active termites from the building.
After we eliminate the active termites in the building, we need to install a termite management system around the perimeter of the building to prevent future termite attack. There are two types of termite management system: termiticide soil treatments, and termite monitoring and baiting systems.
Termite treatment products
Serial Pest Control are accredited to apply the full range of termite control products. This allows us to make the best recommendation for your particular situation, as there is no one product that is suitable for all situations.
Termite liquids can be used for direct injection into termite nests. However, termite dusts, foams and baits are generally used to treat active termites inside buildings.
Dusts and foams are applied to areas of termite activity and kill the termites directly in a couple of weeks. Although they can be quite successful in eliminating termites from the building, they rarely kill the nest causing the problem and so the termites can always return (which is why it is also necessary to install a termite management system to provide long term protection).
In contrast, termite baits will take longer to eliminate the termite activity (a couple of months) but will also kill the colony attacking the home. Termite baits are applied to the feeding sites inside the home. Foraging termites take the bait, which contains a slow acting insecticide, back to the nest. There, it is fed to other nest mates, including the queen, and the nest slowly dies.
Soil treatments involve applying liquid termiticide around and under the home (if you have a sub-floor). We dig up the soil around the perimeter of the home (to a depth just below the footings) and mix the termiticide with the soil as we fill it back in. In situations where there are pavers or paths, it is necessary to either lift the pavers or cut the concrete and apply the termiticide to the soil underneath, or drill and inject the termiticide through the surface.
Depending on the chemical used, the treatment should last at least 5 years. However, a full comprehensive termite inspection is still required each year to maintain any warranty. The inspection will include checking the treated areas to make sure there has been no disturbance – building work, gardening and plant roots may all compromise the treated zone.
An alternative to soil treatments is the use of termite monitoring and baiting systems. These systems consist of plastic monitoring stations placed in the ground every couple of metres around the home. There are two types of system: monitoring and baiting systems, and the newer bait only systems.
Termite monitoring and baiting systems start with wood in the monitoring stations. If termites start attacking the wood, the wood is replaced with termite bait which the termites then take back to the nest, eliminating the colony. The newer systems, the bait only systems, have termite bait in the stations from the start.
A requirement of all these systems is to have the stations inspected every 3 months, to check for any activity and add more bait if required. Like the soil treatments, a full comprehensive termite inspection is also required each year to maintain any warranty.