Termite Treatments in Melbourne
What to Do for Guaranteed Termite Control and Removal?
The only guaranteed way to control and remove termites from your property is through treatment services. If left untreated, they can wreak havoc on your home and cause unfathomable damage that even your insurance policy probably won’t cover. Therefore, to prevent termite damage or further destruction, you should get your property treated efficiently with a treatment service. Additionally, you should get an annual inspection of your property, to ensure there are no recurrences and to monitor the condition of your home after an infestation.
Did you know?
- Research shows more than 20% of homes in Australia will be affected by termites at some point in time.
- CSIRO says 1 out of 3 homes will be affected by termites.
- Termites are Australia's No. 1 public enemy.
- 3 months is all it takes for termite damage to get out of control.
Types of Termites found in Australia
- Subterranean Termites: They are the most commonly found in Australia and are known to cause the most destruction to homes. Since they live in colonies underground, they create mud tunnels to travel back and forth to the surface in search of food. This type is attracted to cellulose items and wood which makes your home an ideal place for them. They have saw-like sharp teeth and strong jaws which can even cause an entire building to collapse due to them constantly munching on the wood. Since they can’t survive in the open air, they always need to be in contact with the soil to live.
- Drywood Termites: Drywood termites can survive in the open which is why they live above the ground and do not need mud tunnels to travel. They are attracted to undecayed and dry wood including timber and other furniture items. They prefer tropical, coastal and subtropical climates and are less destructive as compared to subterranean ones.
- Dampwood Termites: As the name suggests, these types of insects are attracted to moist wood such as damp wooden structures that have been ruined by leakages and moisture. You will often find them in humid and cool areas and nesting below the soil in wood. Because they need moisture for their survival, the treatment or process to get rid of them simply includes getting rid of the moist wood.
Here are Characteristic Facts About Them
- Come in various shapes, sizes and colours.
- Multiply rapidly breeding into an infestation.
- Colonies have hierarchies with specific roles to perform.
That's probably why they remain undefeated....for a lay person that is.
Homes and building construction all over Melbourne need to have treatment against termites. This is obviously because of the wood content that attracts them. A warm invitation could soon turn into an unwelcome infestation.
Not only will they wreak havoc in your home it might be too late to salvage your property. Would you really want to put your home and possessions at stake? We're sure you wouldn't! Wondering what parts of your home they find so inviting? Read on!
- Soil fill
- Wall cavities
- Unused areas of buildings
- Spaces between false flooring
Once they find an area that meets their requirement of food and shelter, they stick around. They then begin to build tunnels through the timber in order to build up their colony.
Your House Could be Included in One Third of the Houses That Get Affected by Termites.
Did you consider that threat? An important part of the colony is the workers with powerful chewing mouths that can demolish entire buildings and houses. These form about 80% of the colony.
Signs that your home desperately needs a termite treatment
- One of the most obvious signs is spotting a swarm of flying termites emerging from an area
- Finding a pile of wings that they have shed
- Spotting mud tubes or tunnels on the interiors or exteriors of your walls
- Your timber or wooden items seem hollow or damaged internally
- The papers, cardboard boxes and storage items in your storage rooms are damaged and eaten away
- Finding a pile of sawdust near your wooden items
If you have noticed any one or all of these signs, then it is high time you call a professional to come to inspect your home and get your property treated as soon as possible.
Importance of Termite Control
- Although they do not harm humans, their bites could cause itchiness and their nests or droppings could trigger an allergic reaction for some individuals.
- Their presence would discourage people from visiting your home or taking anything from you.
- They can cause significant damage to your wooden furniture. You should be even more careful to keep them at bay if you have any vintage furniture of heritage value.
- Some species are even known to destroy electrical wiring which could lead to short circuits
- If your wooden structures are decomposing, you could end up dealing with a mould situation that could cause various types of health issues for your family members.
Stages of a Termite Treatment
- Inspection: Once you have contacted our experts for an inspection of your property, they will thoroughly inspect your home and its surroundings to identify the cause of the infestation, the type of pest you are dealing with, the areas infested, the severity of the infestation, the extent of damage caused, and much more. They will also look for the nest and provide you with a detailed report.
- Plan of Action: Based on the information provided in the report, our experts would come up with a thorough plan of action such as which type of treatment would work best to terminate the infestation and which areas of your property require higher or more care, the timeline for the treatment, the results you can expect and any other important instructions that you might need to know before the treatment is conducted.
- The Treatment Process: After our experts have thoroughly communicated all the necessary details to you, the treatment process will begin. They will complete the procedure based on the treatment plan outlined in the report using environmentally safe products. However, depending on the severity of the infestation, baits could be used.
- Post-treatment Prevention: If you do not follow the post-treatment prevention measures as recommended by the experts, you might not see the best results and it could even lead to a recurrence of the infestation. Therefore, you should wholeheartedly follow the preventative measures suggested by the experts. They will also install barriers to prevent them from coming back ever again and inspect these barriers every once in a while to ensure they continue working efficiently.
Termite Treatment Alternatives
There are various treatment alternatives available. However, based on various factors, our experts suggest the best treatment plan for you and your home. These factors include the species, your budget and preference, the type of building, the severity of the infestation, and the environmental conditions.
The treatment options available are colony eradication, eliminating them from the property with baits, and installation of termite barriers to prevent future infestations.
The 3 Don’t: if you have an infestation
1. Don’t Spray: If you spot them live in action, it is important that you do not spray them with insecticides. Even though it might kill the ones that got sprayed on, it will not kill the rest or eliminate the colony.
2. Don’t Touch: Leave them alone and don’t touch them or their mud tunnels or the infected items. It might cause them to go into hiding and would make it difficult to identify their new home or hiding place.
3. Don’t Panic: Even though you really want to react when panicking, avoid doing so as that won’t solve the problem either. Just call up our experts at Protech Pest Control and let them do all the work to eliminate your pest infestation.
Prevention Tips for Termite Protection
If you sight any of the above you'll want to seek professional help immediately but here are a few tips for prevention against a termite infestation:
- Getting rid of loose timber in and around your home.
- Removal/ replacement of landscape timbers and timber retaining walls.
- Place vents in external walls to block entryways.
- Clear vents that keep the house thoroughly ventilated.
- Use metal stirrups to raise the timber.
- Fix any leaking water pipes, sinks, drains, etc.
- Check to ensure no excessive moisture near water tanks if any.
- Ensure your garden bed is below the weep hole.
- Regular inspections every 6-12 months by trusted professionals.
An Average Colony Eats 5 Gms of The Wood in Your House!
For buildings and homes in Melbourne that are already up and functioning, a moisture meter and microwave detection unit (Termatrac) are excellent ways to detect an infestation and the location of the colony. This enables accurate treatment measures for complete elimination.
For buildings or homes that are under construction, it would be wise to employ the services of professionals for a pest inspection report. It reveals any pest infestation history and also includes a thorough check-up of the place to find out existing infestations and more than that it exposes certain spots that might attract an infestation later.To sum things up if you're considering making a purchase, a pest inspection report would be highly valuable to have at hand.
Hold Up, That's Not All When It Comes to Termite Problems! Below are Ways in Which They Could Affect Yours and Your Family's Health:
- They can cause allergies & asthma attacks
- They could cause earaches and noises by creeping into the middle ear
- They may attack the intestines and cause abdominal pain
- Their stings are painful & causes excessive itching & swelling of tissues
Why Choose Protech Pest Control Termite Barriers?
- 26 years of experience in the industry
- Highly qualified and trained experts with years of experience
- Latest technology and eco-friendly products
- Same-day inspection and services
- 100% satisfaction guarantee
- Free quotation and cost-efficient prices
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the most effective termite treatment?
One of the most effective treatments is baiting systems. Although it is a time-consuming treatment, it is highly effective and can be used in the long run to keep them at bay and prevent them from returning. With the help of baits, you will not only be able to kill the termites in your home but also the entire colony.
What is the fastest way to get rid of termites naturally?
While there are various options for getting rid of them naturally, they aren’t as reliable as you may think. This is because you will only be killing the ones that you see or the ones that come in contact with. You may now even know how big the infestation is or where all they have been or heading. Removing them requires a lot of effort, skills, knowledge, and time, therefore it is best to trust the experts and let them do what they do best.
Is termite damage covered by insurance?
Termite damage isn’t covered under insurance. Therefore, to cut down on your losses and prevent any damage to your property, you should sign up for frequent inspections and implement preventative measures.
How quickly does the treatment work?
The timeline for seeing the effectiveness of the treatment would depend on how big or small the infestation is. If you have used bait systems, it would depend on how long it takes for the queen to come in contact with the bait and die. However, you should give it anywhere between one to two weeks.
What is the best time of year to treat termites?
Termites are hardworking pests that work all through the year without quitting. Therefore, you need an even harder working prevention plan to keep them from invading your home. Ensure you also get your home inspected every once in a while to keep an eye out for any early signs of an infestation.
How long is a termite treatment active?
Baits are effective for an entire year whereas soil liquid treatment can last up to 5 years. However, the longevity of treatments depends on which treatment you choose.
How does the treatment work?
There are various treatments and they all work differently. While chemical treatments involve chemically treating the soil around your home to keep them at bay, baiting involves installations of bait systems at various locations around your property and whenever the termite consumes or comes into contact with the bait, it would die.
How often should I have an inspection?
It would be ideal if you could get your home inspected after every 6 months to ensure your preventative measures are still effective and to catch any early signs of an infestation. You should also get your home inspected before or anytime in between if you ever suspect an infestation.
How can Protech Pest Control help with your termite problem?
We at Protech Pest Control offer cost-efficient termite control and removal services using eco-friendly treatments, conducted by highly qualified and trained experts with years of experience in dealing with all sorts of pests. We also use the latest and best technology to ensure you get nothing but the best.
How much does the treatment cost?
The cost of a treatment would depend on various factors such as which type of treatment you choose, how bad the infestation is and what type of termite you are dealing with.
Does every home require/need protection?
Yes! Whether you own a home or an office space, termite protection is vital for every building and especially to reduce the damage that they can cause and having to pay a hefty bill for repairs.
We thought we had a termite infestation so rang Protech. The response was fast and efficient. The site was tested and recommendations were made to ensure the house was treated and we had no more problems. Dwayne was an excellent technician, capable answering all our questions and explaining what he was doing at each stage. I would thoroughly recommend Protech for any Pest problems.
Thank you for a job well done.
- Jenni Casey
When I found termites in our garage in suburban Melbourne earlier this year I was horrified. I contacted PROTECH Pest Control & within 2 days we'd had an inspection & then full treatment of our property within the week.
I give full credit to Muzi and his team for the way they carried out the extensive work needed. They detailed the work processes to us & cleared up any mess made throughout the actual procedure.
They were punctual in arriving at the time agreed & again when the next inspection was due.
I would give the PROTECH name to anyone with a Pest problem. I have already had a neighbour use them following our experience and satisfaction with the work done at our home.
- Anne Anstey
Winged termites on Floor
Heavy Termite Damage