TERMITE TREATMENT – A1 PEST CONTROL CANBERRA
Welcome to an article on Termite Treatment that our company A1 Pest Control Canberra put together to help educate you the consumer. Throughout the article, you are going to gain insight into how our technicians install a treatment around your home.
How they install the chemical barrier and how they tidy up the home before they leave.
Homes in Canberra and surrounding areas are extremely vulnerable to attacks from foraging termites. Termites are located in most backyards, nesting in gum trees, tree stumps, retaining walls or any embedded timber.
From their nest, they build an elaborate network of subterranean tunnels, normally, only half a foot under the ground, in search of timber. The worker termites use their large jaws to cut and scrape the timber into small pieces to digest.
As they walk back to their nest, the timber is changed to soluble sugars by a special enzyme in their guts. Once they arrive at the nest, they regurgitate these sugars to feed the colony and the juvenile termites located in the nursery.
Termites view your home as a highly desirable restaurant where the food is free and there’s plenty of it. The foraging termites travel under pavers as they enter the structure, we usually find termites under pavers, concrete paths and driveways.
They build their tunnels horizontally along the ground right up to the footings of the house. Once they hit the slab edge or footings they will travel left or right looking for a concealed entry point.
These concealed entry points are usually a small gap in the mortar between the bricks embedded below the ground. Sometimes the termites will build a mud lead out of the ground, over the slab edge or into a weep-hole to gain entry into your home.
Quite commonly, the largest leads are found in the sub-floor under a house. Its dark and an ideal environment for termites. To stop these kinds of infestations, we strongly recommend installing a chemical treatment around the base of your home.
These days we have a selection of highly effective and safe chemicals that were only dreamt about a few years ago. A1 Pest Control Canberra uses only the best performing termiticides and refuses to use any generic brands.
We encourage our clients to read through the preparation process. We are a fully accredited applicator of Termidor which is non-repellent and work to eliminate the colony that is attacking your house.
Once we have done a complete appraisal or inspection of your home and listened to your concerns, our experienced technicians will recommend the chemical most appropriate for your structure.
Once you have made the very wise decision to protect your home from termites you naturally want to know that it will be installed properly by a professional and trustworthy company. At A1 Pest Control Canberra, we have the experience and expertise to install a chemical treatment to the highest possible standard.
HERE IS HOW WE INSTALL YOUR TERMIDOR BARRIER
Firstly, a trench is dug down to the footing that this brick wall is sitting on. As we explained before, most concealed entry points for termites happen in this zone.
Once the soil has been dug and placed along the trench it is ready to hand pour the chemical. The chemical is applied in layers to ensure the soil is saturated completely. The quality of the soil is very important to ensure the chemical is absorbed and distributed evenly.
Therefore, A1 Pest Control Canberra might make a suggestion to introduce a good quality loams soil if the existing soil is too sandy or high in clay content. In a matter of a few hours, Termidor will bond strongly to the soil and will not be prone to leaching with heavy rains.
This gives us the confidence the Termidor product will stay in the zone to give you continuous protection. Once the chemical has been completely applied to the trench, the team will level the soil ready for a layer of stones or cypress bark to be laid on top.
Often, we are praised for the wonderful landscaping we do when installing a treatment.
It is a difficult job to lift pavers that is why we drill through and colour match the cement so you cannot tell we have even been there, all our technicians have been trained to take a lot of pride in the quality of the treatment. Importantly, they all want to go the extra mile to ensure the best possible treatment outcome.
There are at times where homes will have an area where concrete has been laid up against the structure. For structures that have a problematic termite infestation, we sometimes suggest to cut and lift a strip of concrete along the perimeter to allow us to dig a trench.
This is the ultimate way to install a chemical treatment, but it is a lot of work and very expensive. The majority of homes can adequately be treated by drilling and injecting the chemical under the concrete with an injection rod.
For most treatments, we use a 12mm drill bit. For some treatments, we might suggest using a smaller drill bit to fit between the grout of the tiles. At A1 Pest Control Canberra, we always want to give the homeowner options to allow the best possible finish.
Therefore, many customers select the extra service of Diamond Cutting when they have expensive tiles or surfaced areas. It is a skilled and time consuming task, but the excellent finish is worth it. The chemical is applied through each hole by inserting an injecting rod and pumping the chemical under pressure.
The technician tries to apply 100 litres per every 10 meters. To ensure the chemical doesn’t escape from the nearby holes, A1 Pest Control Canberra uses special plastic plugs at times to stop this happening. Once the pumping has finished the holes are ready to be sealed.
As mentioned before, termites easily bridge out of the ground and build leads into a house. It’s normally not a fun place to work, but it is vital to install a chemical treatment along all the brick footings and concrete stumps.
The technician will prepare a shallow trench by hand digging and then apply the chemical. Once the chemical has been applied, it is important not to disturb the treatment and not to stack personal items up against the walls.
Homeguard is a great option when we come to protect a structure that needs more than just a chemical treatment. Homeguard products are impregnated with Bifenthrin that will repel and kill termites for 50 years.
This is ideal for when you are laying a new concrete slab up against your home, or when you want to protect steel piers. When you select A1 Pest Control Canberra, you have the reassurance that all our technicians are fully licensed and insured.
But you also have the assurance that they are accredited installers through the manufacturer of Termidor, Kordon, and Homeguard. This means we have been selected by the manufacturer to install their product to the highest possible standard.
With Termidor, you also have the option to register for their 2-Million-dollar warranty completely free of charge.
A reality in our industry is that there are no absolutes. Termites are unrelenting in their efforts to find a way into homes.
The key is you need to stay vigilant and have the assurance that when things go wrong, you have a company that will be there to help. All our treatments come with a Company Warranty. That is, we promise to re-inspect and treat free of charge in the unlikely chance the termites were to reappear.
This is renewable on annual warranty inspections. With all our treatments, we apply treatment labels for future reference confirming that your home has been treated to the Australian Standards by a fully licensed company.
We understand as a homeowner deciding of which company is going to treat your home is a big decision. It comes down to trust. You’ve got to trust that they are going to do the job right, you’re going to have to trust that they are going to be there in the future, good or bad.
A1 Pest Control Canberra has a reputation that has been built on trust, we invite you to become one of our valued customers.