We identify two main methods to treat termites:
- chemical treatments
- baiting & monitoring
Chemical treatments can be done for active termites inside or outside the home.
After a full termite inspection has been carried out foam or dust is injected into active termite workings aiming to eradicate termite activity in the house and possibly effect or eradicate the nest
After foam or dust has been applied and a follow-up inspection reveals activity has ceased then a chemical soil treatment is installed usually to the full external perimeter of the house or to external and external perimeter of subfloor wall and around piers. In some cases the perimeter of internal walls may need to be treated along concrete joins and around penetration. The chemical soil treatment is installed to prevent termites re-entering the home.
All chemical termiticides used by Pest Patrol are non-repellant, this means termites cannot detect the chemical in the soil and is very important for a number of reasons
- they are less likely to try and find ways around the chemical and into your home
- there is a less need for internal drilling
- there is a greater chance of termites becoming infected with the chemical, passing it on to other termites that has the potential to eradicate a colony over time
- termites can not detect breaches in the chemical barriers
- if termites are still in the house at time of treatment then they do not become trapped inside the house.
After treatments have been installed a follow-up inspection is carried out to confirm all activity has ceased and then recommendations are made for regular termite inspection to be carried out usually at least every 12 months.
We can treat gardens, trees, grounds, stored timbers, retaining walls etc.
Termiticide liquid or foam is injected to the accessible soil areas abutting the material infected with active termites, holes may need to be drilled into retaining walls and trees to gain access to termite workings or nests. Every situation is unique and assessing the situation to advise on the best treatment option to be recommended.
Termidor® (fipronil) is a BASF® product and is the latest termiticide currently on the market. Termidor also delivers a non-repellant treated zone. Like premise termidor has the potential to eliminate a colony over time through the ‘transfer effect' (termites unknowing entering the treated zone becoming infected and passing the chemical onto each other). Read more about Termidor® here
Premise (Imidacloprid) is a Bayer® product that is currently the safest termiticide product on the market; while it is lethal to termites its mode of action is much less hazardous for human, pets and wildlife. Premise delivers a non-repellant treated zone that can kill termites one of three ways
- Termites that ingest or contact enough termiticide can be killed outright
- Those that receive a low dosage can become dysfunctional. They stop feeding and grooming each other, neglect their environment, become diseased and die
- A number of premise affected termites may find their way back to the colony. Other termites then receive a lethal dose through interaction or cannibalism.
Both termiticides can be mixed with a foaming agent to create a termite foam, this is injected into active termite workings, the foam mixture can kill termites on contact and the ‘transfer effect' can effect large numbers of termites if not the colony. Foaming is a safe and effective way of treating termite activity inside the home.
Intregue (Triflumuron) is also a Bayer® product. Intregue contains an insect growth regulator that requires the termites to molt before it has an effect. Intregue dusting can produce rewarding results especially in regard to colony eradication however it may take a longer period of time to achieve a positive result.
Foaming and dusting is usually stage 1 of a 2 stage treatment. Once foaming or dusting has ceased termite activity in the house a chemical soil treatment is highly recommended to prevent termites re-entering the house.
After a termite inspection has been carried out and all visible areas of activity have been identified ‘above ground' termite feeding stations are placed strategically to areas of activity to allow feeding termites to enter the stations. The stations are filled with bait that are safely placed and sealed. The bait is a food source that termites prefer over timber and once termites enter the station and starts feeding on the bait the feeding become focused on the bait in the station rather than the timbers in your home. The stations will need to be monitored and bait added as required.
In-ground termite detection stations around the perimeter of the house are highly recommended in conjunction with the above ground stations as they can detect termites foraging around the perimeter of the house. Once termite activity is found within the station the termites can be feed with the bait. As a preventative measure in-ground stations can be placed around the perimeter of the house or in garden areas monitored by yourself or by us for termite activity and then baited when required.
The bait contains an insect growth regulator; the termites feed on the soft moist porridge like bait and transport the bait back to the nest to feed the king, queen, and other termites in the nest. Termites have an exoskeleton and molt many time through-out the year, once the termites have come into contact with the bait and go through a molt they die because the bait they consumed stops their exoskeleton from hardening and the termites dry out and dehydrate.
Baiting is the most environmentally friendly termite management system on the market for post construction homes. Pest Patrol uses exclusively the proven Exterra system. Read more about Exterra here