It is often said that there are only two kinds of homes on the Gold Coast, those that already have termites and those that will have termites. This may seem like an exaggeration but statistically 1 in 3 Gold Coast homes will have termites over their lifetime, including steel-framed houses. Your risk of termite attack is largely dependent on environmental factors including where the home is situated but the construction of your home can help to prevent concealed termite entry and to minimise the damage that they can do. Termites flourish in warm climates with high rainfall, for Australia, the northern parts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland are the highest risk areas.
Termites are also known as white ants, though they are not in fact related to ants. Australia has more than 350 species, but only about 20 of these are of real concern to you as a homeowner. The species are grouped into subterranean, dampwood and drywood termites, the subterranean being by far the most common and accounting for 98 per cent of total termite damage. The drywood type are extremely aggressive, but are only found in northern coastal areas.
The risk of termite damage has increased in Australia since 1995, when the use of organochlorine pesticide products was banned on the grounds that they were hazardous to people and the environment. The chemicals that are now used are less effective, and their effects are not as long-lasting. Termites can certainly eat away at structural timbers, walls, frames, floors and roof timbers — and can render the house unsafe if not dealt with, but they damage much more than this. They can munch their way through carpets, plasterboard, plastics and electrical insulation, and can ruin stored books and household furnishings.
The big problem is that a lot of the damage can be done before you are even aware of it, so you need to watch out for signs. The most tell-tale sign is the appearance of brownish-coloured tubes, about the width of a pencil, which they construct as they travel from under the ground. Other clues may include a hollow sound when you tap apparently solid wood, and a honeycomb pattern inside the wood. You need to call a professional termite management systems company without delay, if you notice any of these signs.
Post-Construction Termite Management Systems
Chemical Termite Barrier
The first option and most well known because it has been around many years is the Chemical Barrier. This system uses non repellent or repellent termiticides that bind with the soil, forming a continuous treated zone around the perimeter of the property. It is necessary in order to treat the soil, to dig a trench and where concrete paths abut the house drilling and injecting through the concrete is necessary in order to ensure the termiticide chemicals bind to the soils and are continuous around the perimeter of the building.
Termite Baiting System
The second option for post construction termite management system is a Termite Baiting System. Interceptor stations typically with a kind of timber favored by termites are placed at regular intervals around the perimeter of a property
Termite Baiting Systems are environmentally friendly with no harsh chemicals that can leach into the ground or waterways and safe for pets and kids and are suitable for installation around all property types.
Pre-Construction Termite Management Systems
When building a house it is mandatory, to pass council approval, that a Pre-Construction Termite Management System be installed to new properties. The two main types of Pre-Construction Termite Management Systems are Physical Termite Barriers and Termite Reticulation Systems.
Physical Termite Barrier
A physical termite barrier is installed at the time of construction and is designed to prevent concealed termite entry to a structure by forcing termites to track over the physical barrier, enabling termite inspectors to visually identify termite mudding.
Termite Reticulation System
A termite reticulation system is pipe work with emitter holes and filler points that is installed in the trench at the same time that the Chemical Barrier is installed. At a later date, chemical can then be pumped through the pipe work to replenish the chemical in the soil and re-establish the Chemical Barrier.
Does your home have a Termite Management System in place?
As a home owner you have to ask yourself “does my home have a termite management system in place”? The best way to check is to locate the durable notice either in the meter box or under the kitchen sink. If you don’t have a durable notice, have a termite inspector check it out they can look for signs of one. If you don’t have one you will need to ask your termite professional for a post construction termite management system proposal.
When a termite infestation occurs inside your home, it is important to understand and choose the correct termite treatment, our Technicians will take you through the your available options, which may include Termite Baiting, Termite Dusting, Termite Foaming or a Chemical Termite Barrier and explain their recommendation to you.
It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to have regular Termite Inspections, at least every 12 months but if your house has no termite management system in place and is in a high risk area, you should consider more frequent inspections.
For professional Termite Management Systems on the Gold Coast, call Pest Guru on 1300 819 693 or Book a Service.
All service costs^ shown below are based on an average 3 or 4 bedroom house of up to 40m2, please contact us for service costs for premises of other sizes.
^ We reserve the right to change our prices at any time without further notice. However, if you have booked a service, we guarantee the price at the time the service was booked.
^^ All warranty periods listed, represent the maximum available periods and serve as a guide only, the actual periods offered are at the discretion of the technician at the time of the service and are based on conducive conditions and environmental factors.