TERMITE INSPECTIONS & TERMITE BARRIERS
Often called ‘white ants’ subterranean termites that can damage your home usually nest in soil or trees and can travel up to 100m to find food in the bush or in our homes. They generally eat cellulose-containing materials, especially timber. Termites can chew through the structural timbers of a house: the frames, walls, roof and floors. This makes it both unsafe and costly to repair. They can do a lot of damage before you even notice them and often go undetected for months. It’s estimated one in five homes in Australia have been treated for termite damage at some stage of its life. Brick and steel-framed houses, as well as timber, are at risk.
It is recommended that a regular termite inspection on your property is carried out so that action can be taken before major damage occurs. All accessible areas are inspected including the roof, inside, outside, under the house, yard fences and any trees on your property within 50 meters of your dwelling.
All MLC Inspectors have been trained in termite inspections and after finishing the inspection will sit down with you and go through the writing report in detail. Where a home does not have an active termite barrier protecting the building MLC Pest Control Inspectors will recommend the most effective protection system for your home. There are many different types of termites and different methods are used depending on the type of termite.
MLC Inspectors will identify the termite and recommend the right treatment giving you the most effective and safest method to kill any termites in your home. MLC Inspectors, as well as using conventional methods of detection, also use other forms of detection such as moisture seekers and thermal imaging.
TERMITE PREVENTION (BARRIERS)
The first step in protecting a house is to prevent termites from gaining access. This is achieved by placing a barrier under or around the house. Barriers are designed to deter termites or bring their presence out into the open. Barriers can be physical or chemical in nature.
Physical barriers are so-called because they rely on the physical resistance of the material to resist termite attack. These are usually installed during new constructions, but some can be retro-fitted to existing houses. Barriers can be placed under concrete slabs, foundations and within cavity walls. Physical barriers are made from metal, crushed rock or other materials that termites cannot chew through, and in which any gaps are too small for termites to move through. Most of these products have to be installed by professionals that are licensed by the manufacturers. Ant caps are installed at the top of underfloor piers or stumps to force termites into the open where they are easier to detect during regular inspections. Ant caps are not a barrier by themselves.
Chemical barriers are so-called because they rely on a chemical to resist termite attack. The chemicals are usually insecticides. These barriers can be placed under concrete slabs, foundations and around houses. Chemical barriers can be installed in new and existing structures, but can only be installed by licensed pest controllers. There are two types of chemical barriers in-soil and in-plastics. In-soil chemical barriers are formed when the chemical is applied to the soil under or around the foundations of a building. In-plastic chemical barriers are plastic sheets containing a chemical – these are typically installed like physical barriers.
MLC Pest Control uses two formulations, Termidor Dust and Termidor Residual Termiticide, the perfect combination, both inside and outside your home, to ensure complete termite nest elimination and full protection from future termite attack.
Termidor Dust is the culmination of over 10 years research in Australia to find the perfect termite nest elimination product. Termidor Dust is applied by a MLC Pest Control technician directly on to the termites, either inside your house or onto activity around the yard. Termidor Dust is also perfect for treating active termite bait stations.
After treatment, the termites carry the dust particles on their bodies and eventually back to the nest via the unique Transfer Effect. Extensive Australian research proves that it takes as little as 2 to 4 weeks for total termite elimination. Eradication of one termite colony with Termite Dust, however, does not guarantee protection from a future attack by other colonies in the area. Termite dusting is not designed and should not be used as a standalone treatment. Therefore a continuous chemical treatment such as Termidor Residual Termiticide should be applied immediately following successful eradication of termite activity in the home to ensure protection in the future.
Termidor Residual Termitcide
Termidor is applied as a continuous chemical soil zone around and under the home. Some termiticides are repellent and rely on keeping termites away from treated structures. While such products are toxic to termites, very few of the termites are actually killed before being repelled by the termiticide barrier. As a result, termites remain alive and actively seek gaps in the barrier in order to gain access to the building. They do this day after day, year after year until they find a way through.
Termidor is non-repellent to termites. This means that they cannot detect the product and will not avoid the treated area. As a result, termites continue to randomly forage through the soil until they encounter Termidor and pick up a lethal dose.
We also offer other termite baiting and monitoring systems such as Reticulation and Cavtec systems, Nemesis and Sentricon.