If your home is under termite attack, it can be quite emotional and understandably you want the termites gone as quickly as possible.

It's important not to panic!

Don't touch the termites, spray them with insecticide or break open any of their mud tubes.

Just give Pest Options a call and we will come around as soon as possible to inspect the problem and take you through your options and provide a free quote.

 Termite mud tubes on a tree

Termite mud tubes on a tree

Just give Pest Options a call and we will come around as soon as possible to inspect the problem and take you through your options and provide a free quote.

The termite treatment process

At Pest Options we carry out all treatments to Australian standards. There are a number of steps to our professional termite treatment process

Step 1: Carry out a complete termite inspection. This is important to determine the species, the scale of the damage, the termite entry points to the building and whether there were any particular conditions that made the property more susceptible to a termite attack. Sometimes we may carry out the inspection after Step 2, but before starting any treatment.

Step 2: Provide a termite treatment proposal. After we have discussed options with you, we provide a written treatment proposal before starting work.

 We drill suspect trees to try and locate the nest

We drill suspect trees to try and locate the nest

 Termite baits are often used to eliminate active termites from buildings - they also kill the nest

Termite baits are often used to eliminate active termites from buildings - they also kill the nest

Step 3: Eliminate active termites from the property. This may take as little as a week through to several months. The time taken to control the termites depends on the species, the scale of the attack and the products used. Be assured we will recommend and use the best products for the situation to get the fastest result.

Step 4: Carry out an all clear inspection. Once it looks like we have eliminated the termites it is important to carry out a thorough inspection of the whole property to confirm the building is clear of termites

Step 5: Any conditions around the home that are conducive to termite attack need to be remedied

Step 6: Install a termite management system to provide protection from future termite attack. Although step 3 eliminates termites from the building it is often not possible to confirm the nest has been destroyed and there may be other nests in the area. Both scenarios mean that without a termite management system in place, your home is susceptible to another termite attack.

The termite products we use

There are two types of termite management systems; liquid termiticide soil treatments and termite baiting systems.

Termite treatments - soil treatments

At Pest Options, liquid soil treatments are our preferred termite management system as they are always working to protect your home and assuming the soil is not disturbed by the homeowner or is the subject of major flooding or other disturbance, they last around 8 years. We only use the leading termite products (Termidor), which have been used to treat hundreds of thousands of homes around the world. Not only that but you have the option to take up their 2 million dollar warranty covering any structural damage that may occur after treatment, giving you that added peace of mind.

Once installed, annual termite inspections are required to maintain your treatment warranty.

 Termite soil treatments are applied around the perimeter of the home and in the sub-floor

Termite soil treatments are applied around the perimeter of the home and in the sub-floor

Termite treatments - baiting systems

Sometimes due to construction design, soil type or owner request, termite baiting systems are used instead of liquid termiticide soil treatments. Termite baiting systems consist of plastic bait stations containing wood, which are placed in the ground around the building. Any termites in the area are attracted to the bait stations before getting to your house. This activity is picked during one of our regular system inspections (at least 4 per year). If we do find active termites, an attractive termite bait containing a slow acting insecticide is added to the bait station. Termites feed on the bait taking it back to the nest where it is fed to the queen and nest mates. Over the period of several weeks / months, the nest is eliminated.

Baiting is the best way to ensure the elimination of the termite colony and ensures the termite pressure on your property is reduced.

Preventative termite management systems

The termite treatments outlined above are also called termite management systems. Although most homeowners normally install such systems once they have had a termite attack, you can always avoid the emotional stress and potential big financial impact of a termite attack by installing a termite management system before the termites destroy your home.

If you are interested in a free quote for termite protection for your home, please give us a call.

Termite baiting systems are more accurately described as a termite monitoring and baiting systems. Once the bait stations are installed around the perimeter of your property, we will come and inspect them every three months for termite activity. If we find termites, only then do we add bait which the termites feed on and take back to the nest, destroying the colony.

One of the reasons liquid soil treatments and termite monitoring systems are called termite management systems, is that no product can provide 100% guarantee to stop termites entering a building. All systems are design to work in conjunction with the physical barriers provided by the structure to prevent the termites entering the house without being noticed. For example, a liquid soil treatment will prevent termites from entering a crack in the brickwork below soil level, but it does not stop them walking over a twig lying over the treated soil. However, if they did manage do to this, they would be seen and treated before any damage is done. This is a key reason why annual termite inspections are a vital part of the termite management systems, even if you have a soil treatment surrounding your building.