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Termite Inspection Canberra Homes at Risk

A termite inspection in Canberra is something most homeowners endeavour to do on a very regular basis. Some will arrange annual inspections, those at high risk may have twice-yearly inspections, and a few homeowners will forget, or opt not to arrange a one at all. If you’re considering arranging a timber pest inspection, why not learn a little more about the process before you book in and I will explain the process.

Termite inspection Canberra certificate is required from ACTPLA when building a new home. This has now been mandatory for some time now and building inspectors will not sign off a completion certificate unless this step is complete.

Why you need to have a termite inspection

Termites particularly subterranean termites are prevalent in most areas of suburban Canberra. The amount of damage they can do to a home in a matter of months is quite astounding considering their size.

Regular inspections are vital for homeowners who don’t want to risk being faced with a big timber damage repair bill. An expert evaluation of Canberra homes can help by detecting the presence of termites as early as possible.

When you’re buying a home, a pre-purchase inspection is a very wise idea – it could save you purchasing a home that has thousands of dollars worth of damage that wasn’t visible at an open home!

So what’s involved in Termite Inspection Canberra?

Locating termites in a home isn’t easy, so a termite expert should always carry out inspections. Termites are discreet in their eating and traveling habits they travel out of view in mud tunnels and eat out of view inside the wood, leaving the exterior intact. A qualified timber pest inspector needs to thoroughly examine a home including the roof void, subfloor, the exterior of the dwelling, and the grounds.

Termite Inspection Canberra – A report should contain information about active termites and any visible termite damage at the time, identify the species of termite, and provide information on termite protection and prevention. If some areas were inaccessible, the report should specify the areas that were not inspected or obstructed.

Termite Inspection Canberra costs so little to protect your assets:
The cost of a visual termite inspection is usually around $200-$350.

Another very important reason to arrange something on a regular basis is that termite damage is not covered by your home insurance policy.

If you need to arrange a termite inspection, Canberra expert opinion, or a pest report, call a qualified timber pest expert.

Call our team on 0407 065 413 if you have a problem with termites, or a home that needs to be inspected or just email me Jenny@A1pestcontrolcanberra.com.au

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Our service areas include all Canberra suburbs, Queanbeyan, Braidwood, Bungendore, Goulburn, and Yass.

Ensure that you put termite inspection Canberra on your to-do list annually.

 

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What to do when you find termites when selling your property?

Nothing is more upsetting to a property owner when they are preparing to sell the property and then to have discovered termites. If they have had a termite inspection with a written report the words jump off the page to the prospective buyer TERMITES!

This could mean prospective buyers can either be turned off completely and not want to purchase a pest problem OR they can use the fact that there are termites and negotiate a better price for the property to include the cost of a termite barrier.

Who pays for termite treatment buyer or seller?
Sellers are almost always responsible:

If you plan to sell your home, the seller is responsible for covering termite damage. This varies by state, so check your state’s regulations.

2 options only when treating Termites

Option 1 The Quick fix solution

This is where we only treat the area of where the live termites are found only, these treatments can be done by either a spray treatment, foaming treatment or dusting treatment. For example, if the customer who has found termites in her door frame in the bathroom, Treatments for a quick fix would cost between $330.00 and $600.00 In this cost the customer would get the affected areas only treated using dust, foam, or spray/inject.

Using the quick fix solution there is no guarantee that the termites will not return or show up in another part of the property.

Option 2 – Termite Treatment Procedure

The procedure for option 2 would be as follows, Termite damaged areas in window frame and wall cavity would have small piercings put into affected areas and the application of product applied directly into the termite workings.

It is essential that a non-repellent chemical is used as these products are slow acting and will allow the product to be transferred from termites back to the nest. The cost of non-repellent chemicals is much greater than repellent chemicals as these chemicals only kill termites on contact.

If a customer receives a termite treatment cost of $220 it will be expected that a repellent chemical will be used and this will not be effective, and not recommended.

The Cost of a Termite Barrier

Termite barriers are the only way to protect the home fully against termites and continually protects the property for up to a period of 8 years if an annual termite inspections is carried out. The termite barrier treatment consists of trenching around the perimeter of the home and drilling small holes through external paths and slabs to form a complete treated zone around the home.

The cost for a Termite treatment barrier will vary between $3,500 to $5,000+ for a small to large home. This cost will usually include an option 1 treatment if termites are in the home. Termite barrier chemicals used are also non-repellents designed to kill the termite nest by transferring product back to the nest.

The termite treatment cost for a barrier will usually be $500.00 cheaper if a repellent chemical is used. This is not recommended as it won’t transfer back to the nest.Cost of a Termite Baiting System

Termite bait systems are a cheaper way for Termite protection and cost usually $2,500 to $3,500 for a small to large home. The bait station servicing cycle should be serviced and baited every 4 weeks on a 12-month program. There are some homes that are more suited to a Termite Bait system over a Termite Barrier.

Which System is Best Termite Barriers OR Termite Bait Systems?

Termite Barriers installed with a non-repellent chemical such as Termidor will protect your home and knowing the barrier has the added protection of $2M 8-year warranty gives you a complete worry free investment. The only cost is a yearly termite inspection to ensure there is no conducive conditions that will weaken the treatment area.

Termite Bait stations will cost between $2500 – $3500 and include servicing, monitoring and baiting for 12 months only. Every following year there after the service fee is usually $800 to $900 to maintain the baits. This cost can end up costing a home owner 3 times the cost of a termite barrier.

This should way up the pros, cons and costs of termite treatments, if you have any questions or you think you may have been quoted too much? We are happy to help, we provide free on site quotes and risk assessments.

A Termite Barrier will provide long term Termite protection if it is installed properly with absolutely no short cuts.

The success of a Termite Treatment Barrier is all upon the installation procedure it’s important to have the trenches dug 100mm below the footing and chemical applied at 10L per lineal meter.

  • Flow meters must be used to ensure 10 ltrs is installed per meter.
  • Drill holes must be no more than 200mm apart in concrete paths
  • Tree roots against wall edges under soil must be removed
  • Certificate of treatment must be installed to certify all works have been done in accordance with Australian standards.

If your home is on a flat slab and reasonably flat block chances are your home will be best suited to a Termite Barrier.

Termite Bait System Treatment

The use of a termite bait systems is designed to kill off termites before they enter your home also.

The baits are placed around your home approximately every 3 meters, the baits are usually serviced monthly, the active termites are then fed a termite bait that contains an insect growth regulator that will attract termites to feed on the product and spread it back to the nest and colony allowing for the termite nest to be eliminated before it can attack the house.

This system is best suited if your home is on a sloping block or has a split-level slab or pole home then a termite bait system could be the answer

Call us for a free on site quotes

Things to consider before you have Termites Treated

  • Use a reputable company that is licensed and insured
  • Use a company that issues a written Warranty

A1 Pest Control Canberra are accredited to install all types of termite treatments and control products, we will ensure you get honest up front advice on the right termite treatment for your home as we don’t favour one over another.

 

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A1 PEST CONTROL CANBERRA EXPLAINS TERMITE BARRIERS

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 a 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. Here you can see the foraging termites have travelled 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 the house. It’s 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 go.

A1 Pest Control Canberra uses only the best performing termicide and refuses to use any generic brands. We are a fully accredited applicator for Termidor and it works 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 if it will be installed properly by a professional and trustworthy company.

A1 Pest Control Canberra, we have the experience and expertise to install a chemical treatment to the highest possible standard. Here is how your treatment will be installed.

Firstly, a trench is dug down into 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 endues the chemical is absorbed and distributed evenly. 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 this product will stay in the zone to give you continuous protection.

Once the chemical has been completely applied to the trench, the boys 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.

If the pavers around your home can be lifted, then they will be lifted in preparation for a chemical treatment.

A great option that A1 Pest Control Canberra can offer, is the installation of the Altis Reticulation System. This is a specially designed tube that has remitters embedded to guarantee even flow to replenish the chemical treatment at a later time.

Most 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 to use 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. This is why many customers select the extra service of Diamond Cutting when they have expensive riles or surfaces 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 ten meters. To ensued the chemical does not escape from the nearby holes, 
A1 Pest Control Canberra 
use a special plastic plugs to stop this happening.  Once the pumping is finished, the holes re ready to be sealed. All our technicians take a lot of pride in the final finish and work hard to colour match the special mortar to have a near perfect finish.

If you have a subfloor area under your house, it is important to treat these soiled areas. 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 of 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.

 

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A1 Pest Control Canberra – How much does termite treatment cost?

A1 Pest Control Canberra – How much does termite treatment cost?

I will answer many other questions surrounding termite inspection and the real cost of not doing anything regarding termite control.

Let’s look at first what attracts termites in the house?

Number one is first, get rid of any decayed lumber or firewood, which termites prefer. Do not lean the firewood against the property. Ensure all tree stumps are grinded into the ground. They are attracted to warm, dark places termites prefer moist, undisturbed places such as crawl spaces.

The termite soldiers eat wood then return to the nursery to regurgitate their food to feed the new baby termites. To enter a property through cracks in the cement the soldier termites build mud tracks that lead from the foundations into the property. So the warning is clear to make it a priority to fix any leaking or dripping taps that make for the ideal conditions for termites.

TOP 5 TERMITE SIGNS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Remember that termites eat soft wood from the inside out and at times because we cannot see damage does not mean that you have no termites. The following tips you may find that are useful to keep vigilant outside regular termite inspections:

1. Warping of walls, floors or blisters in paint work.
2. Hollowed out wood when you are tapping beams and framework.
3. Evidence of Swarms that are scouting around to look to start a new colony.
4. Mud tubes leading from the ground to inside the home – check under the house or around damp areas that may have a leak problem
5. Sawdust on floor or around window sill etc.
The 5 tips are tried and true and will help you identify when termites are active in your property that is why you need a termite inspection to identify potentially problem areas that are not evident to the untrained eye.

A typical termite inspection happens when he arrives in your street he is already checking out the trees outside and surrounding your home.

The inspection will entail both inside and outside the property looking at fence boundaries and garden beds and possible other high risk areas that will be added to the termite technicians report.

What if termite treatment is required on public land?
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Nests on public land may be considered as a possible source of termite attack if they are located within 60 metres of structures under attack and the termites in the nest are of the same species as those identified in the infested area.
Pest control firms holding Environmental Authorisation issued by the ACT Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for Urban Pest Control are permitted to inspect trees for termite activity on land managed by City Services and to destroy nests that are a suspected source of infestation to nearby structures.

Pest control firms inspecting trees or mounds on City Services land for termites must follow the inspection techniques outlined in the Australian Standard 3660-2000 and the Guidelines for Termite Control in the ACT.
Where a pest controller locates a nest on City Services land within 60 metres of a residence, City Services will be responsible for the cost of the inspection and the destruction of the nest.

The pest controller must obtain permission from City Services to destroy the nest. The pest controller must provide City Services with a written quote that details the site location, number of nests to be treated and termiticide to be used. If the quote is acceptable, City Services will contract the pest controller to undertake the work.

A1 Pest Control Canberra – How much does termite treatment cost?

As a preventative measure the cost of termite control should start with a termite inspection and this should be factored into the annual maintenance and upkeep of your property.

There are 2 types of inspection the first one is a visual inspection where the technician has a number of inspection tools such as a tapping tool, moisture meter and a powerful strength torch as this will take the technician into the roof void (where possible) and also crawling under the house area. The cost of this termite inspection could range between $260-300.

The other type of termite inspection is a thermal image inspection where a T3i thermal imaging camera or similar is used to detect termite movement, heat and can pick up housing faults such as plumbing problems behind the walls or even electrical faults.

This thorough termite inspection is ideal for the person buying a home or the person who has termites in the property and wants to see if they are in other areas of the property. Due to the sophistication of this inspection the price range could be around $500+ range.

Cont…A1 Pest Control Canberra – How much does termite treatment cost?

termite control barrier

A new home can have either a physical or chemical barrier installed at the time of building.

An older property we prefer to use a chemical barrier call Termidor which gives our customers an 8 year $2M dollar assurance against termites returning.

The average chemical barrier can vary from $2000-$7000 depending on the meter measurements.

The question of how much does termite treatment cost is relatively small insurance against a termite attack of a colony when you think of the Queen termite can produce up to 30,000 live termites a day and the repair bills can quickly escalate to replace a roof or a room is $30,000 + this is all out of pocket expense as insurance does not cover termite damage.

In closing and as a general rule of thumb it use to be thought the higher the humidity, the more issues homeowners have with both pests and termites but that is not the case any longer as pests have adapted to the cold weather of Canberra over a period of time.

How much does termite treatment cost?

First step is to have an annual termite inspection. Follow our 4 Simple Step Termite Action Plan.

 

Calling A1 Pest Control Canberra will not cost you a lot of money, but it could save you big dollars in the long run.

Termites eat wood from the inside out; there is normally no evidence of damage until the curtain rod may be leaning down or you put your foot through a floorboard.

Call our expert termite team on 0407 065 413 TODAY

 

 

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TERMITE MANAGEMENT PLAN | WHY YOU NEED A TERMITE BARRIER.

Termite management plan and why you need a termite barrier is something that we talk over with you the property owner and cover all of the various options so you can make an informed decision and select the best option to protect your property.

We break down the termite management plan in order for you to know the risks and benefits or dealing with termite attacks as we know that it can be a worrying time for the owner in not knowing what steps are to be taken should if any should live termites be found.

Some owners take a gamble and hope that after we treat the property that the live termites will not come back when there is NO guarantee that they won’t come back in fact they often do but in another section of the property.

When they are discovered they go and hide underground and at times come back to the same property in another area of the property.

The best protection is to have installed a chemical termite barrier and we highly recommend Termidor for the $2M 8 year assurance given that the termites will NOT return.

Call us on 0407 065 413 to talk about your termite management plan and by all means do not gamble by not having an annual inspection as it could cost you a lot of money

 

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HORROR TERMITE STORIES – EATING AWAY SILENTLY UNDISTURBED

Did you know that the termite Queen produces 30,000 live termites per day! And in 6 months can eat away supporting beams of a house?

It was once said that termites are seasonal and are mostly around in the warmer months but today they have adapted to the colder months and now termites are a threat to Canberra property owners all year around.

It’s sad though that when a customer rings in to have a termite inspection and mentions the street that they are in, already we know that the risk is high that they will possibly have termites as we have already treated another 4 homes in that same street alone.

FACT

Chisholm home renovation pulled off the sheeting and found extensive termite damage, the termites were no longer active and the owner wanted to have an inspection before the renovation.

We found the termites had moved to juicier timber in the roof had these not been found the new renovation would have gone up and the termites would have had new soft timber to attack again.

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Imagine you see a little saw dust on the ground and sending your partner up into the roof and he touches the supporting beam and it disintegrates in his hands, he is now too scared to touch anything else for fear of the roof collapsing on him.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

Replacing a roof or a room and beams your repair bill is thousands of dollars of out of pocket money. Money, you were not intending to spend on repairs and if you don’t do anything your property is only worth the land it sits on the termites will eat it all.

Call our team on 0407 065 413 TODAY or visit our website A1 Pest Control Canberra the termite experts for all termite inspection and termite barriers.

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Pre-Construction Termite Barriers – A1 Pest Control Canberra

Why you need a pre-construction termite barriers

One of the most important decisions you will make when building your property is how to protect your investment against termites and there is no better way to do this at the time with a pre-construction termite barrier. A1 Pest Control Canberra is a trusted installer and well known amongst builders.

The purpose of a termite management system is to deter hidden termite entry and stop the risk of termite attack.

Why Pre-Construction Termite Barriers Are Important?

  • Termites and are active in all mainland areas of Australia
  • 34,000 homes each year are attacked by termites
  • The average damage cost is approximately $10,000.00 with some homes having to be knocked down completely!
  • Insurance does NOT cover Termite damage steel roof homes are not termite proof. Other areas of the home are still vulnerable to termite attack. For example, timber floor, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, even electrical wiring problems.

 Did you know….

Under the Building Regulations, your new home must be fitted with a termite management system or be built with termite resistant structural materials?

As the new property owner you can choose the type of termite protection installed before the commencement of construction this is the only opportunity you have.

A1 Pest Control Canberra has been installing termite pre-construction termite barriers and post construction barriers for the older properties for many years, in fact we are the experts when it comes to termites’ period.

As specialist in termite barriers leading builders sought our help and advice when it comes to help choosing the right termite management system for the property.

A few of the options we have but not limited to include:

  • Chemical Reticulation Soil Treatment Systems
    These are rechargeable, piping systems that deliver liquid termiticide the soil next to critical areas under and around the house. The treated soil is a deterrent to termites. As any termiticide will break down in a few years, reticulation systems offer the benefit of being able to retreatment the soil without disruption.
  • Hand Sprayed Chemical Soil Treatments
    Mainly now only used in Western Australia, this method involves the application of a termiticide to the soil under the slab, garage floor and around the outside walls. The treated soil is a deterrent to termites. To increase the level of protection with this method, we also install other service penetrations. The perimeter chemically treated soil will break down within 5 years and further re-treatments will be required to maintain the effectiveness of the soil to ensure that the treatment remains effective.Trithor is a unique Thermo-compression Technology™ that locks the deltamethrin into the inner core before it is laminated top and bottom with a rugged plastic membrane. This means it is non-hazardous to anyone handling the product or who comes into contact with it. This product has a 50-year warranty with it. Trithor is an exceptionally tough and flexible termite security system, with proven performance that doesn’t cost the earth.

 

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What do they look for in a termite inspection?

What do they look for in a termite inspection is structural and moisture issues can include standing water on the roof, pooling water around the foundation, wood mulch close to the foundation, and wooden deck supports that touch the soil. A termite inspector looks for visible signs of termite infestation, including wood damage, mud tubes, buckling of the walls, spongy soft to the touch spots on and around door frames.

Included in the termite inspection may also include the following.

The inspection could include a checklist that is started from room to room that would include checking the roof, supporting beams, around door frames and leaking plumbing in the wet areas. Leading into the garden the inspector would be looking along the fence line for fence damage and trees in the yard and garden beds and pergola stirrups to see if the wood touches the ground.

Report that gives a follow up


The termite inspector would put together a report on what his findings and recommendations for the property. The report would also have recommendations on problem areas that could attract termites in future and if live termites are found there would be an action plan that would be discussed in detail with the owner.

LIVE Termites Stage 1 – the “chase out”

One of the recommendations would not only get rid of the termites commonly called the “chase out” where the termites are dusted and as they are very social would rub up against each other killing them off and eventually killing the Queen termite.

Stage 2 – Installing a termite barrier

After chasing the termites out there is no guarantee the termites would not attack the property again and then consideration would need to be given to install a termite barrier to protect the property and stop the termites gaining entry.

There are 2 main termite barriers which are commonly used the first is a chemical barrier where a small shallow trench is dug that encircles the property and under the piers and chemicals are inject into the ground in close proximity and the soil is replaced and you would not even be aware that the barrier has been installed.

We use a product called Termidor which has a $2M 8-year assurance that gives the owner peace of mind.

Bait stations are the other commonly used barrier where stations are dug into the earth and pieces of wood are inside the station and then the bait stations are supposed to be checked regularly to see if the termites have taken the bait.

The trouble is that these stations are often forgotten to be checked giving no assurance that the termites have not invaded the property.

A1 Pest Control Canberra are termite experts and offer both visual and offer state of the art thermal image termite inspections and termite barriers if we can help you with termite or other general pest problems please call TODAY 0407 065 413

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What Are Termites Attracted To and Why Termite Damage is Preventable?

Great question, what are termites attracted to and why termite damage is preventable.

Let’s start to talk about termite habitat:

Termites are attracted to warm, dark, moist areas where the Queen termite can eat, live and then start to lay hundreds of live termites in her nest while the worker termites key objective is to look for timber to feed the Queen and the workers start mud tracts to lead to the food source.

Any damp areas within your home are likely to attract termites, particularly places where there’s plenty of wood.

• Don’t store wood piles and lean it close to the house or garage
• If there are leaky taps or pipes fix them and pay special attention to the garden tap outside that is close to the house
• If you have posts for pergola in contact with the soil or fences that are not treated the termites have a field day with this.
• If you have taken down a tree grind it into the ground as this is the perfect termite fodder.

I have talked about case studies where people have put the key in the door and the door has fallen backwards on the floor as the termites had eaten all the doorframes! Or the homeowner that thought they had termites and took down the sheeting and disturbed the termites and they scattered.

The home owner was smart enough to call in a pest control company (US) and although they had left the bedroom which is fine BUT you can’t be guaranteed that they will not return so you could very well replace the sheeting only to have the termites return.

We inspected in the roof void and here they were alive and well.

Why Termite Damage is Preventable?

As you can see there are many things you can check to ensure to minimize attracting termites and also having a termite inspection on an annual basis is a good practice to get into but the one thing that deters termites is a termite barrier we use termite chemical barriers as it has $2M 8 year assurance and NO other company can give that guarantee.
Ring our team today on 0407 065 413.

Now you know what attracts termites and why termite damage is preventable.

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“ATTENTION PEST OWNERS CANBERRA”

Yes I said pest owners because you are caring for and feeding pests without knowing it!

People are under the impression that pests are seasonal which some pests are of course as they use the colder months to breed and will immerge with their young in spring and summer.

BUT the pests that I am talking about is termites who can happily munch away throughout the different seasons undisturbed and doing a lot of damage before they are discovered. It’s usually when you see physical signs that just do not look right like the bubbling of paintwork or touching solid surfaces that are now spongy OR you could see sawdust on the floorboards that first alert you that you now have a termite problem.

The trouble is that people as a general rule are reactive rather than proactive with their pest control meaning that they wait for a problem then treat it. This sort of reactive treatment is more expensive because if you are waiting to see signs it means that there is already costly damage to woodwork done and its not until you have a termite inspection that you can then add up the cost of the repair.

Include annual termite inspection as part of your general maintenance to keep you pest free.
Call our team on 0407 065 413

 

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TERMITE PROTECTION STARTS WITH AN INSPECTION Call 0407 065 413

Imagine this. you have or are buying a property and you see it has had a visual termite inspection but what jumps out at you on the report is one or more of the following.

• Not able to gain access to the subfloor
• Wet weather could not access the roof etc.

Termites gain access when dirt meets wood if they can not gain access through the dirt they build mud tracks that can reach up to 7 feet tall to gain entry to your home.

Do you take a gamble and hope like hell there are no termites in the areas that were not able to gain entry?

Let me tell you something, you may gamble that there were no termites in that area but recently we have been called in where people DO find termites 6 months after moving in to their property OR a potential buyer orders a thermal image inspection and finds termites which delays the sale as the buyer negotiates to factor this treatment into lowering the price or at worse walks away from buying the property altogether.

Thermal imaging can pick up termite body heat and movement through walls, floors and under the house it will even pick up house faults like leaking pipes behind walls this saves you thousands of dollars.

CALL OUR TEAM 0407 065 413 or visit our website A1 Pest Control Canberra

 

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HINTS AND TIPS TERMITE PROTECTION

Reduce the risk of a termite infestation in your home:

• Repair any water leaks and moisture issues. Water-damaged walls, leaks in roofs, bathrooms and sink areas create favorable conditions for termites to flourish.

• Clean gutters and repair downspouts. Keep gutters clear and free-flowing to avoid clogs which may eventually lead to water damage.

• Drain water away from exterior walls and foundation. Ensure all drain lines, such as air conditioner drainage lines, release water at least 30.48 cm or 12 inches away from the foundation.

• Trim back shrubs and landscape plants from exterior walls. Shrubs and plants can trap moisture, which is critical for termite survival. Over-grown plants can provide a hidden avenue for termites and prevent thorough visual inspection.

• Keep ground cover below the bottom of the exterior siding. Ground cover, such as mulch and pine straw, that has built up over the bottom of wall coverings, provide a hidden avenue for termites. Ground cover should be at least 15.24cm or 6 inches below the bottom of exterior wall coverings.

• Monitor irrigation systems. Ensure sprinklers are adjusted properly to spray away from foundation and walls.

Ensure you have a comprehensive termite inspection by a professional termite company. At A1 Pest Control Canberra, our inspections can use the state of the art thermal imaging to see pests before they can do damage.

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A1 Pest Control Canberra – Termite Specialists

Why do we call ourselves termite specialists? I guess it has to do with the fact that we go over and beyond what is expected of a pest control company that we take pride in our work and want to help everyone of our customers get protection from the damage that termites can do.

It’s the fact that we invest in our own education that keeps us a step in front of the pack so we are aware of any changes in technology or new treatments that have come onto the market place that give better safer results we would want to know that too to pass onto our customers.

Many times we are called in and amazed at those that have come in before us and stated that there are “NO” termites and have just taken the inspection money and run where on closer inspection its very evident that there are termites.

Perhaps the other company didn’t go all the way under the house to check for evidence of termites or otherwise they would not of missed the mud tracks left by the termites?

Or they inspected the property on a wet day and was not able to gain access to a roof due to weather on the day, who knows all we know if there is one area that is miss or overlooked its like giving termites the keys to the house!

Our mission is to save you money and to use not only the tools we use visually, but to offer you newer technology like thermal imaging that detects moisture, body heat and movement of termites but also alerts you the owner of potential plumbing and electrical issues as well.

Weather does not prevent us from checking on roofs and checking under the house as the thermal imaging can detect through all surfaces.

I also know that we use only superior products like Termidor that give a $2million dollar 8 year warranty and we feel that alone gives the customers peace of mind when choosing a termite specialist.

We always choose people over profits and this also sets us aside from our competitors who will use a cheaper product and increase the price.

If you are looking for Termite Specialist who does pre-construction, commercial and domestic property contact Bob on 0407 065 413 or email Bob@a1pestcontrolcanberra.com.au

 

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VIDEO A1 Pest Control Canberra – Termite Talk

Its strange what you come across in the pest control business – just when you have thought you have seen it all up pops something that you may have read about but not ever seen for yourself.

Did you know that termite King and Queen only fly once and that is to find where they will make their new colony. Once there the wings fall off the Queen’s whole purpose is to produce thousands upon thousands of termites daily.

How interesting is that!

Listen to the story here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZyrrinp6Fs&feature=youtu.be

The soldier termites go out and find the soft sap wood that they know that the Queen loves to eat and the termites build their mud tracks straight to the soft wood.

Only last week Bob and his team were called out to a property when they had cut the tree down in their backyard and did not grind the stump down. The family decorated the bare stump with gnomes and pot plants not knowing that there was a colony of termites busily eating away at the soft
wood.

The pest control team started their investigation and opened the stump to reveal not just one Queen but another 8 Queens – you see there is only one fertile Queen the others are her replacement should something happen to her, the soldiers are infertile and their job in life is to feed the Queen and to protect the colony.

Bob followed the mud tracks into the house silently eating away the door frames of the newly renovated bathroom.

Anyway, I hope you got to have a good look at the video and then get back to us if we can help you with a termite inspection either visual or with our T3i thermal imaging to ensure that we can identify if you have termites and if you have devise a plan on how to best treat the problem.

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TERMITE TREATMENTS – DON’T PAY TOO MUCH

Termite Treatments – Don’t Pay Too Much
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As a business of course we will charge you for our services but there is a BIG difference to paying for one of our services and paying through the nose.

Only last week we called out to quote on a termite barrier and another pest company do a quote on bait stations before I tell you the cost I need for you to know the difference between the two treatments.

BAIT STATIONS Vs TERMITE BARRIERS

BAIT STATIONS
Bait stations is when the pest control manager places the barriers in the ground with wood in the barriers to attract the termites and then check the barriers every 12 weeks to see if there are any termites that have been attracted to the stations.

TERMITE BARRIERS
Termite Barriers are when we dig a trench and dig 200 mm out from the footings and 70mm wide x 100mm deep if there are concrete paths we drill holes 12mm holes 200 apart and then add Termidor.

This protects the whole property and we give 8 years 2 million assurance against termites coming back in that time which I think gives anyone peace of mind.

Back to my story, Bob attended a property in Ainslie a suburb of Canberra and found live termites in both the fence line and they had built mud tracks into the home eating away at a new bathroom and we prepared a report that had our plan of treating the termites and laying down the barrier.

The homeowner was given our quotation and he nearly fell over as our quote was $6,000 less than the quote for given for the bait stations! That is a huge difference in the cost, needless to say we got the job.

*It is in our opinion that bait stations that we have seen that are installed are rarely get checked leaving your property unprotected and giving you a false sense of security as you can see the bait stations, whereas the termite barriers is more cost effective using quality chemicals and giving the property owner 8 year 2 million dollar assurance gives the home owner peace of mind and is a more cost effective method in dealing with termites.

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A1 Pest Control Canberra, Get Rid of Termites, Spiders & Creepy Crawlies

What I love about our pest control company in Canberra is that we are a family owned business that has customers that think enough of us that they write reviews to tell others of their pest control experience that they got from Bob and his team. One of the main things that stand us apart from our competitors is our customer service and how we spend the time to update and educate our customers.

We are an Australian company not sold out to overseas companies like some of our competitors that are playing on the fact that they use to be wholly Australian owned and now owned entirely by overseas companies – which is sad.

Services that we provide:

  • Termite Thermal imaging inspections – access or weather is never a problem
  • Termite barriers with $2million 8 year assurance policy
  • General pest treatment – both family and pet friendly
  • Possum removal
  • European Wasp removal
  • Dead rat removal – with odour bags that don’t mask the smell they absorb the odours
  • Bed Bug detection and removal
  • End of lease – we will even return the key to the agent!

We are there when you need us to be this may mean that you need us to not to disturb your day to day work routine so we will work outside normal 9-5 work hours which is ideal for our e-commence clients.

Customer service is the name of the game and many of our competitors will give a 4-5 hour window of when they will be there. A1 Pest Control Canberra will be there at an appointment time. Also another thing is that all staff has had Police checks.

If we can be of assistance for any pest control needs please call Bob 0407 065 413 or contact us through our website contact form at http://A1PestControlCanberra.com.au

 

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HAVE YOU GOT A POSSUM FAMILY UNDER YOUR ROOF?

Call Bob 0407 065 413

With possums they always travel in pairs and when there is 2 you may get the whole family before you know it! They come indoors to shelter from the cold and to breed.

While they are cute to look at they make a lot of noise at night and will fight and run around keeping you awake.

There are many people who say they are licensed to trap and release possums but few do go to the trouble of getting a TAMS license – we are fully licensed and look forward to delivering you the awesome customer services that we are known for.

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Canberra Termites Control: Get rid of termites from your home

Canberra Termites Control

Canberra Termites Control

Canberra Termites Control. There is no doubt that the Australian vegetation is very diverse and dynamic. Everyday there are trees which die and at the same time new trees regenerate. Because of the many fallen trees and the dropped limbs, there are also shed barks and leaves which create a layer of litter in many woodland areas. Within this litter there is normally an amazing creature known as a termite. Termites feed on this cellular material and in the process convert it into soil. It has been established that there are around 2,500 different species of termites that exist around the world, and in Australia there are 350 species, but it is only 30 of them that are regarded as pests.

 

Termites normally have colonies which are well organized similar in so many ways to that of ordinary ants. In addition to having a king and a queen, they also have workers that take care of the feeding of the colony and soldiers that normally look after the protection of the colony. In most of our homes, we have kind of recreated the bush, and for this reason termites find a very perfect habitat in such places.

 

Canberra Termites Control At A1 Pest Control we have a team of expert who have specialized in termite detection and control. We normally identify a tree that is suspected to house the termites, drill into the trunk of the tree and place a temperature probe into the cavity to identify the location of the nest. This method is effective since the royal chamber, where the queen resides surrounded by the nursery, normally has a constant temperature of about 34 degrees C with high humidity. The tree that are mostly affected by termite damage are the almond trees and gum trees because they live for a very long time and as a result accumulate a lot of dead wood and barks as they are growing.

 

Canberra Termites ControlIn order to eradicate the termite nest, we normally use a controlling agent that is pumped into the nest and the hole sealed. We then lay a number of termite traps on your property in case there is still suspicion of the presence of termite activity in the area.We will then inspect these traps regularly so as to see if there is any termite activity. If we detect the presence of termites, we will use a large bait box that we normally install so as to concentrate the termite numbers. We normally put cells of wood in the bait box that put in place for about eight weeks, after which the entire colony is treated with a range of contact insecticides.

Get Canberra Termites Control at A1 Pest Control Canberra.

Even though you may be vigilant and also have put in place termite detection mechanisms, these destructive pests are still able to enter your home. One of the most visible indications may be slight discoloration of the surface of a wall, which is likely followed by warping in case it is wood paneling that is used for the wall lining.

Since termites are tropical insects, they normally create their own high humidity wherever they live. The damage caused by termites can be very huge and this is the reason why you should ensure they do not get a home in your property. Professional help is the best solution to termite problems since getting rid of them can be a very difficult process. In case you suspect you have a pest problem in your home, contact A1 Pest Control for Canberra Termites Control and we will act immediately.

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Best way to Get Rid of Termites

termitesEven though buying a home is normally one of the biggest investments to most people, the worst thing about it is that it could be going on right now without your even knowing it. It can even be possible that it has been going on for a number of years right under your feet. This is because termites can be very sneaky.Termites have been known to be the silent killer of countless houses all over the world. One thing that makes a termite infestation scary is the fact that it can sometimes take up to five years before the termite damage is even noticeable. Generally, the most visible sign of a termite damage are the holes in wood and/or sagging floors.

When the damage gets to this point, the cost in terms of damage will start accumulating very fast. You may be lucky if you were clever enough to perform termite inspections or if you realized early enough that were maybe just lucky enough to realize what was going on before that sort of serious damage had been inflicted. But whatever the extent of your termite problem, this article can help you.

The first and most important thing you need to do to control termites is to look for evidence of their presence. Even though the termite damage can be a bit difficult to find, looking in the right places can give you an idea of any termite infestation in your property. You can try tapping on floor beams, support beams, pillars, wall boards, etc. In case it is wooden, you need to tap it, and in case you find a hole in the wood, try sticking something like the tip of the screwdriver in it. If the screw driver easily goes in, you could very well have a termite problem. You can also try looking for mud tubes, termite droppings, and insect wings. Termite problems always require fast action and it is advisable that if you can’t tell whether or not you have termites, you need to get an inspector in there.

This is the reason why a very simple phone call could really save you a lot of money. In case you are very sure you have termites, avoid wasting any time. Even though it is easily possible to get rid of termites from your home, a very important step in termite control is to make sure they can’t re-invade your home once you’ve gotten rid of them to begin with. The first step would be to make their food unavailable. Termites eat wood and if you can get rid of any wood debris out in the yard, or random logs laying around, you can be on your way to getting rid of them.

Since the best way of getting rid of termites from your property once and for all is by the help of pest control professionals, you should contact them as soon as you suspect you have termites. At A1 Pest control, we have a dedicated team of well-trained experts who are always ready to come to your rescue. We will come and inspect your entire home for these destructive pests and if they are there, we will use the best method that will not be harmful to your family and to your pets to eliminate them completely. Contact us today and we will get to you as soon as possible.

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Termite Treatment

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Biflex

Biflex Aqua

Biflex AquaMax
Biflex Aqua

Biflex Aquamax is a water-based termiticide (i.e. it kills termites) & Insecticide
Active ingredient: 100 g/L bifenthrin

For professional pest control use in external and internal situations around buildings, and other domestic and commercial environments.

Product Description:

Biflex AquaMax was the origninal professional strength insecticide and termiticide. This pesticide is effective on all common household and commercial pests, as well as all termite species in Australia.

This unique water-based formulation is non-staining & odourless, without sacrificing efficacy or residual longevity. Biflex aqua has the highest active ingredient (100g/L bifenthrin) and yet is extremely safe when applied according to the label.

Biflex AquaMax provides pest control for the following pests:

  1. Spiders
  2. Wasps
  3. Ants
  4. Cockroaches
  5. Fleas
  6. Flies
  7. Mosquitoes
  8. Ticks
  9. Subterranean Termites.

Termite Pest Control

Biflex repels termites for at least 10 years in good soil conditions. Its a long-term residual insecticide, binds to soil and organic matter, is UV stable, non-soluble, and non-systemic (doesn’t get drawn out of soil by plants).

Bi-Flex

Looking for information about Bi-Flex, a powerful termiticide? If you’re concerned about the damage that can be wrought on your home or property by large termite populations, then you might be interested in the benefits of this product in terms of destroying and discouraging termite colonies.

Because termites are capable of causing large amounts of damage to a property and its contents by destroying structures such as wooden supports or valuables such as books and storage boxes, it’s essential that home and property owners take action to ensure that a termite infestation does not go unchecked.

As most home owners do not have a thorough understanding of the behaviour of termite colonies, arranging for a professional pest controller to manage a termite infestation is recommended.

One product often used by professional pest controllers in helping to control termite populations, as well as other home-dwelling pests, is Bi-Flex.

This product is designed to create effective termite barriers around the home and other nearby structures. It is often applied to termite-prone areas such as building foundations, chimney areas, the slab perimeter, crawl spaces and other openings such as ducts and pipes, and also nearby trees and stumps. This helps stop the existing infestation, and to discourage the termites from returning.

Bi-Flex is widely used by professional pest controllers, and has a number of benefits in terms of keeping termite infestations under control.

Effectiveness

One advantage of using this product is that it is highly effective even when applied at relatively low concentrations.

Research has indicated that even a small amount of the product may help to destroy termite infestations. This makes it both cost-effective and more environmentally friendly because less of the product needs to be used.

Duration

In addition to helping stop termite infestations in their tracks, Bi-Flex continues to do so for extended periods of time, meaning that not only are termite colonies wiped out, but they’re discouraged from returning.

Safety

Perhaps one of the biggest selling points of this product is that its active ingredient is known for being stable.

This means that residents in the home or property won’t be exposed to harmful chemicals or residues, and won’t be subject to strong chemical smells.

In fact, the product is safe enough that it can be used in the garden – including around vegetables or fruit trees.

If you’re concerned about the damage being done to your Canberra home by a termite colony, then it’s worth speaking to a professional pest controller about the methods available to help deal with pest infestations.

Our company is experienced in using products such as Bi-Flex, so feel free to contact us for more information about the application process.

Benefits

  • Low odor formulation
  • Water based formulation
  • Virtually non-senstising
  • Low application rate
  • Cost effective

References:

Termite Treatment

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