TERMITES

In Australia, there are more than 300 termite species. In nature, their role is to recycle important nutrients by feeding on grasses, standing trees or decayed timbers. Only about a dozen species are found in urban areas which cause damage to timber structures. Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive timber pest in the world and are responsible for causing the greatest economical losses to timber. Studies have shown that 1 in 3 houses will be attacked and damaged by termites.

To make matters worse, insurance companies do not cover termite damage. The cost of an inspection helps keep you protected against your most valuable asset.

Monitoring & Baiting

Involves the use of Bait Stations filled with timber receptors which are placed around the perimeter of your property to help detect termite activity at any time of the buildings lifetime. If activity is detected, the technician will add bait to the stations, where the worker termites consume and infect their nest which eliminates the colony. Inspections usually take place every 3-6 weeks and requires ongoing service and maintenance. Monitoring and Baiting is suitable for people who want to be proactive in taking steps towards protecting their home or business from termite infestations.

Physical Barrier

Is used during building of a new property or extension. A physical material that is placed around the perimeter of slab and around pipe penetrations. Has a long warranty period of approximately 50 years, depending on manufacturer.

Reticulation System

Involves using precise control of chemical application and a network of underground pipes, which creates a barrier and protect the outside of your home from the invasion of termites. Chemical levels in the reticulation system should be topped up every 3-4 years in order to remain effective and along with our comprehensive annual inspection. This technique is effective when building a new and living in a high risk termite area. This technique usually comes with an approximate 3 year warranty with an annual termite inspection discussed with the homeowner.

Chemical Barrier

A liquid termiticide is applied to the soil under and around the entire perimeter of your buildings foundations to create an effective barrier with minimum disruption to your premises and its surroundings. Some chemicals are designed to kill termites and others are designed to deter them. Every termite situation is different and choosing the right type of chemical barrier is important. This usually comes with an 8 year warranty with an annual termite inspection.

INSPECTIONS

At Forefront Pest Control we use the very latest in termite detection equipment, such as thermal imaging cameras and moisture/radar detection which help in quickly and accurately locating and detecting signs of termites within your property.

Inspections include:

  • Inside your property

    Trims, skirting, door jams, window architraves, doors, cupboards and flooring

  • Under the property

    All bearer, joists, timber piers, timber flooring and stored timbers

  • Around the yard

    All outside areas: fencing and retaining walls and timber landscaping

  • Within the roof

    Any part of the roof: skylights, vents, flues, guttering, down pipes, eaves, roof batterns, trusses, top plates, hanging beams and rafters.

Whatever the termite management system installed, regular termite inspections (at least once per year) are required to maintain the warranty on the termite management system.