What to do if you think you have termites?

DON'T:

  • PANIC OR WORRY!
  • Touch them
  • Break open walls or mud tubes
  • Spray them with insecticides

DO:

  • CALL US IMMEDIATELY
  • Cover any areas where termite activity has been exposed on walls, skirting boards and architraves, with thick tape to prevent any further disturbance
 Don't be tempted to break open ant termite mud tubes - GIve us a CAll!

Don't be tempted to break open ant termite mud tubes - GIve us a CAll!

We know when you first come across termites, you may well have disturbed them, but it is important to stop there. Too much disturbance can frighten the termites away from an area and they will then appear elsewhere (probably out of site). Better to know where there are so we can treat them quickly and successfully.

Why choose Pest Options for your termite inspections?

  • Comprehensive inspections to Australian Standards - inside, outside, roof void, sub-floor, garage and yard
  • John Stanton, the business owner (with over 30 years experience) carries out all pest inspections
  • Use of moisture meter to detect leaks or areas of moisture behind walls
  • Use of Termatrac technology to detect termite movement behind walls
  • Post-inspection discussion of findings, advice on options for termite treatments & protection
  • Comprehensive 8 page report with photographs and recommendations
  • Fully licensed and insured

Looking to buy a property?

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection is vital to make sure you make a sound investment

Pest Options provide professional termite inspections across the South Burnett region, from Murgon to Kinagroy. With John Stanton, the owner of Pest Options, carrying out all our termite inspections using the latest termite detection technology, you can be sure you are getting a comprehensive inspection, giving you that important peace of mind.

Many of our regulars save money by combining their annual termite inspection and pest treatment in a single visit.

Give our friendly office staff a call to find out more.

Termite inspections - A "Health check" for your home

With the chances of termites attacking your home more likely than fire, flood and natural disaster combined, it's wise to get a regular termite inspection. Australian Standards recommend you should have a termite inspection at least once a year and more often in areas of high termite pressure. Not only do the inspections check to see whether termites are attacking your property or are present in your yard, but they also identify issues around the property (such as leaks and drainage issues) that need to be remedied to make it less attractive to termites.

 Termite nest in tree

Termite nest in tree

 Rare arial mud tube between ground and floor

Rare arial mud tube between ground and floor

 Termite nest in the sub-floor

Termite nest in the sub-floor

How do you know you are getting a good pest inspection?

When comparing termite inspection services, check how long companies estimate the inspection will take. A thorough inspection will take time to inspect all parts of the property in turn. A complete termite inspection for a single inspector can sometimes take up to 2 hours or more, depending on the size of the property, construction type and issues that may be found. For a standard 3/4 bedroom house on a concrete slab, you should be concerned if the inspector has completed the inspection in less than an hour.

However, Pest Options often utilise two inspectors on the job, so the inspection can be completed more quickly, without sacrificing quality, meaning less distribution to you. If you want the feeling of security that a proper termite inspection can provide, contact Pest Options to book your next termite inspection.

With our experience, we know where to look for termites and have a healthy respect for the "enemy". We never assume anything - the ability of termites to can find their way into buildings never ceases to amaze us. As such we look in many places a less thorough termite inspection may skip.

 Termites have found a hole in a metal "ant cap"

Termites have found a hole in a metal "ant cap"

 Termites have chewed through wiring

Termites have chewed through wiring

What is the Termatrac device?

At Pest Options we use the latest technology to support our years of experience and 'nose' for termites. One our our key pieces of equipment is the Termatrac T3i – the World's No.1 termite detector. The Termatrac has three detection technologies in one device:

  • Moisture detection: Termites feeding and building their nest material behind walls, bring in moisture. It is also useful for detecting leaks – moisture is a key attractant drawing termites into house
  • Thermal profiling: Termatrac can measure temperature differences on surfaces (from a distance) as small as 0.1 degrees Celius. Elevated temperature may indicate a termite nest behind a wall. We also use a separate Flir thermal imaging camera when required.
  • Motion detection: The T3i can pick up a single termite walking behind a wall. Not only can this be used to detect activity behind a wall, it can be used to track termites to investigate where they are entering the building
Termatrac detects termites behind walls