Termite Pest Control Perth
Termite treatment and protection
Termites are commonly referred to in Australia as ‘white ants’. These pests cause millions of dollars in damage to houses and structures in Perth annually, making termite pest control vital.
So your home has termites and you want the most effective termite treatment that Perth has to offer? Are you looking for a reliable termite removal service in Perth? We can help you make an informed decision.
Termite management systems
Treatments vary, so we'll explain the differences and limitations of each treatment. When you have termite management services carried out there are two main termite management strategies, either you are trying to create a barrier between the termites and the building to be protected (chemical treatments) or you are trying to eradicate the termite colony (baiting).
When it comes to termite removal in Perth homes, a chemical treatment is the more traditional termite management strategy for termite control, however colony eradication via interception and baiting has some distinct benefits that are hard to ignore.
Chemical treatments stop termites entering the building, so you can either have a localised treatment or a full perimeter treatment. A localised treatment is designed to prevent termites from entering a localised (small) area of the building, a full perimeter treatment is designed to protect the whole building. A localised treatment does not prevent the termites finding an alternate route into the building – one where chemicals have not been applied. It is for this reason Allpest do not generally recommend localised treatment.
Two types of chemicals can be used for your termite treatment. Either a non-repellent chemical or a repellent. Termites can detect the presence of a repellent chemical, meaning they learn to avoid those areas, increasing the chance of finding an unprotected route into your building. Non-repellent chemicals are undetectable by termites, ensuring their fatality on contact.
Two popular non-repellent chemicals are Premise (three years residual life) and Termidor (Up to eight years residual life). Allpest's recommended choice in repellent chemical is Maxthor (up to 10 years residual life). Our recommendation to clients for the optimal chemical treatment is to carry out a full perimeter treatment with a non-repellent chemical termite treatment.
Baiting a termite colony is a process that takes approximately three months. Essentially the baiting procedure involves carrying out a full timber pest inspection of the building(s), placement of a tamper resistant bait box on current termite activity. Every four to six weeks, we need to inspect the bait box to establish the colony status and replenish the bait. Once the colony begins feeding on the bait they will no longer continue to damage other available timbers. After approximately three months the colony is either eradicated or well on its way out.
The bait used for termites is completely non-toxic to humans, pets, and other insects in the garden. Unfortunately this provides no on-going protection for the building against future termite colonies. This is where the interception system comes into play. The interception side of the system consists of underground termite monitoring stations (loaded with termite favoured timbers and a termite attractant) every three metres around the external perimeter of the building. These stations are monitored by Allpest on a quarterly basis. Should a termite monitoring station become active with termites, the station is baited and the colony eradication process begins.
If you have monitoring stations placed every three metres around the building and Allpest is carrying out your monitoring then the manufacturers of the baiting system will pay the first $100,000 worth of repairs should termites breach the system and cause more damage.
Some clear benefits of the Exterra interception and baiting system is that there are no chemicals used in the baiting process, there is a $100,000 timber replacement warranty and the colony is not left underground seeking other routes into the building. Ask about an Exterra Baiting Interception System today.
Choosing the best method
The choice between baiting and interception or chemical treatment can be difficult. In buildings with many expansion joins in a concrete floor, floors with split levels and other more intricate construction methods baiting becomes a more logical choice very quickly. For buildings with a simple construction method it will generally be more cost effective to carry out a chemical treatment however a baiting and interception system is still considered as better long term protection.
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Termite Barrier Treatment (111 KB)
Termidor End User Brochure (1318 KB)