Termite Management

Protect your home from termites!

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Solving Your Termite Problem

Termites do more damage to Australian homes than fires, storms and earthquakes combined. Termite invasions are frustrating, costly, damaging, and overall devastating. Eating buildings from the inside out, termite damage can be substantial by the time it is detected.

Termites (commonly known as white ants) are one of the most destructive pests in Australia and they cause millions of dollars damage to homes and structures throughout the Gold Coast every year. This is why termite protection is so important to every property owner.

According to CSIRO 1 in 3 homes will be affected by termites within the economic life of the structure. Very often, the presence of termites go undetected until damage is discovered by chance. This damage is not covered by most insurance companies so it’s best to ensure all preventative termite protection methods are undertaken.

If you haven’t had your property checked and protected for termites within the past 12 months, contact us today to schedule one.

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How Can You tell If You Have Termites?

Termites eat timber, hollowing it out from the inside, which can cause the wood to appear like it is bubbling or wrinkled. Sometimes the termites eat through and will cover the hole up with mud. Inside a home most people find termites in flooring, skirting boards and doorframes.

If your flooring feels soft under foot or your vacuum cleaner goes through the skirting board then this might be a sign that you have a termite problem. Here is a list of the most common signs to look for when inspecting for termites:

  • Hollowed wood, with outer shell of wood intact
  • Earthen shelter tubes and mud packing on brickwork in subfloor areas or around home
  • Flight tubes from the release of alates (winged form of termites)
  • Swarms of alates flying from the colony
  • Presence of termite castes in trees or workings
  • Flight cuts in trees
  • Noises
  • Presence of mounds or nests in trees.

Do You Think You Have Termites?

If you think you have termites or you have found a suspect skirting board or door frame it is very important not to disturb or break open the damaged timber or workings as the termites will shut down the disturbed area and possibly begin damaging elsewhere in your home.

The first thing to do is call the professionals in Gold Coast termite treatment and management now on 0408 996 337 and speak to us about your termite problem and to guide you through what to do next.

How To prepare For a Termite Inspection

Crisis Pest Management recommends that if possible, the following steps should be followed to ensure that a comprehensive termite inspection can be conducted by your inspector:

  1. Remove any items stored in cupboards that are directly under sinks in your kitchen, bathrooms, toilets, and utility room
  2. Move back any objects that are within a metre or so of the exterior of your house and garage
  3. Trim all bushes and plants growing around the outside of your property, as these could also conceal damage that is important for your termite inspector to see
  4. Ensure your roof space or attic is accessible and not blocked by storage

 

Depending on the size of your house or commercial property, an inspection takes about 1-2 hours. A skilled, experienced technician will check the entire house thoroughly, from foundation to roof. We primarily use no or low odour materials in and around homes and businesses, which means you don’t need to leave the property during the inspection and spray. If, however, you would feel more comfortable with leaving or are chemically sensitive, then let the technician know.

Termite Prevention Tips

As a property owner, there are steps you can take to try and prevent termites. Follow these termite prevention tips.

  • Remove all loose timbers stored in contact with the ground in the subfloor and around the exterior of the home.
  • Remove or replace landscaping timbers and timber retaining walls with a non-susceptible material, as it is conducive to termite attack.
  • Keep garden beds below the weep holes in external walls as it allows concealed termite entry.
  • Ensure that your vents are clear to allow cross flow ventilation under the home as poor ventilation creates conducive conditions for termite attack.
  • Termites are attracted to moisture, so fix any leaking water pipes, drains, showers, and sinks as soon as possible.
  • If you have a water tank, have the water tank overflow plumbed to storm water as excessive moisture promotes termite attack.
  • Have the hot water service overflow plumbed to a drain or away from the home as excessive moisture promotes termite attack.
  • Regular termite inspections by an experienced and accredited termite inspector are recommended. An inspection of the property should be carried out every 6-12 months. Regular inspections don’t stop termite attack but they limit the amount of damage caused before being detected.