1 out of 3 homes in the Hills district are at risk of attack. Only 30% of homes in NSW have active termite protection in place, leaving a majority of homes open to risk of attack.
Annual termite inspections and ongoing termite protection can save you well over $100,000’s in potential damage.
Termites cans literally eat their way through floorboards at a rate of 2×4 in one month. The climates in Australia make for perfect termite breeding grounds with high humidity and rainy seasons. At the first sign of suspected termite activity, you should seek professional assistance to rule out potential termites.
What types of termites are there?
We have 5 different types of termites in Australia and being able to understand how their colony works will help understand the type of damage it can cause.
- Swarmer; winged termites that swarm and mate, and return underground to start a new colony
- Worker; these make up the majority of the colony and are responsible for the highest level of damage as they use home structures for food
- Soldier; these are the termites that protect the colony at all costs, by fighting off ants and other invaders with their mandibles pinching their prey.
- King; The kings only job is to reproduce with the queen and build a bigger colony
- Queen; Her job is to reproduce – the queen can lay one egg every 15 seconds.
What can an inspection show you?
Termite inspections are our speciality at So Pest Off. With a three step process we can highlight any potential threats to your home and through thermal imaging and a visual inspection So Pest Off can show any previous activity & damage, live termite activity, or no termite activity. So Pest Off is able to use the highest level of chemical strength to give you piece of mind with a Termidor Accreditaiton.
What are the types of termite protection you can have for a home?
- Reticulation System; alternative to chemical spray. Pumping controlled chemical through pipes will protect your home. Initial costs for reticulation systems are high but ongoing costs are relatively lower than other options. Not all homes suit reticulation systems and as professionals and experts in the field we can inform you which option is best for you.
- Baiting system; this is a non-chemical termite treatment option. Termite baiting stations are place around the property of the perimeter at between 2 – 3m intervals in the soil. These attract the termites to the baits where the termites eat the timber pieces acting as growth inhibitors. This leads to the eventual destruction of the colony. Baiting is done above ground directly near the nest. Termite baiting systems are usually the most costly option, but are also one of the best types of protection for your home. Similar to reticulation systems, the initial cost is high but the maintenance costs are relatively low. x
- Termite dusting; dusting is a form of live termite treatment options and needs highly skilled termite professionals to treat. Used for termite treatments where large numbers of live termites are seen. Dust is applied directly to where activity is seen coating the termites which allows them to carry this dust back to their nest.
- Chemical soil treatments; this is a preventative measure to deter any termites from coming into the home. One way is to is spray directly onto soil areas around the house and another option is to drill into concrete and inject directly in.