All comprehensive visual termite inspections are performed in accordance with Australian Standards 3660.2.2000,and include usage of the latest thermal imaging technology and electronic reporting. We also offer termite treated zones (Barriers) for both pre and post construction structures, along with reticulation and termite monitoring/baiting systems, ensuring we can provide the client with the necessary tools required to create an efficient, integrated termite management system best suited to protect their home from termite invasion.
Risk of the Termite attack
The east coast of Australia is a truly beautiful place to live, with a wonderful climate, pristine beaches and breathtaking countryside. It is also home to some of the most aggressive species of subterranean termites in the world! CSIRO research indicates that 1 in 3 homes in Australia will suffer some form of termite attack.
There are hundreds of species of termites living in Australia. Of these, the vast majority are grass eaters, and not considered pests. There is, however, two species in particular that are extremely agressive and pose a significant threat to our homes in South East Qld. They are Coptotermes Acinaciformis and Schedohinotermes Intermedius. Unfortunately , they are also very established and commonly found throughout our region. Other pest species in our region include Nasutitermes Walkeri, Microcerotermes Turneri and Heterotermes Ferox.
Mastotermes Darwiniensis is considered the most dangerous species of subterranean termite in Australia. Fortunately for South Queensland residents, this species is found mainly in the northern parts of Australia and has not yet been able to become established in our region of southern Queensland. Let's all hope it stays this way as this is without doubt the largest and most agressive species of subterranean termite in the world.
The risk of termite invasion to homes located in South East Qld is extremely high. This is due to our environment and weather conditions, and as such, it will never change. However, there are many things you, the homeowner, can do to minimise this risk. For example, you should never locate garden beds and/or chipbark against your house or have any timber structure directly contacting both the ground and the house. Water leaks should always be rectified, appliance water overflows directed away from the house,and weep holes must be kept clear of debris. These are just some recommendations a termite report will contain.
Minimising The Risk
Australian Standards 3660.2.2000 strongly recommends that all homes should undergo a comprehensive termite inspection at least annually. In many cases, the frequency of termite inspections should be more, particularly if conducive environmental pressures are extreme (such as heavily wooded bushland nearby), as these conditions further increases the risk of termite attack.
An integrated termite management plan should be created for you to protect your most valuable asset - your home. Such a plan would consist of an annual (at least) termite inspection , followed by immediate eradication treatment if any live activity is found. Finally, protection in the form of a perimeter house treatment or a monitoring/baiting system (or both) should be installed and maintained.