Termite Services

Termite Services

Your home is likely your most valuable asset and finding termites can be a shock for homeowners. We have all heard the horror stories of homes so badly damaged by termites that they have become structurally unstable and of the huge costs associated with repairing termite damage. Did you know that termite damage is NOT covered by your home building and contents insurance? CSIRO studies have shown that up to 1 in 5 homes will be infested by termites regardless of the age or construction method. Most people are unaware of the high rate of termite infestations in Sydney.

Prevention is the best cure and regular inspections by a qualified and accredited inspector is the first step in protecting your home from termites and the damage they can cause. Our inspectors are trade qualified, licensed, insured and accredited in timber pest inspections and treatments. When we complete a termite inspection at your property we will provide you with an Australian Standards compliant report and recommendations for your property. Working together we can help you improve the environment around your property and reduce the likelihood of termite infestation.

At Mr PEST we specialise in post construction termite applications. Post construction management techniques usually utilise options including baiting, monitoring stations and/or chemical applications to deter or prevent termite entry into the home. Construction and environmental factors determine which type of installation is most suitable and we can tailor a termite management program specifically for your property.

If termites have made their way into your property there are a number of treatment options which can be implemented. Effective termite control requires an understanding of termites and their habits and a well informed knowledge of termite treatment options, products, their application methods and the relevant Australian Standards and Industry Codes. We have a vast experience in termite treatments and the best results are achieved by close consultation with you to determine the most suitable control method. All our treatments are completed in accordance with Australian Standards and covered by a service period and regular inspections.

Hints & Tips To Prevent Termite Infestation

Regular inspections are the most important part of detecting termites before they do extensive damage.

We recommend you:

  • Arrange regular inspections – at least once a year in cooler areas and twice a year in warmer areas.
  • Inspect during periods of high termite activity – anytime from early spring through summer and early autumn is suitable.
  • Keep the edges of the house (slabs, foundation, piers and stumps) clear of clutter, including garden beds and vegetation.
  • Home owners can also inspect the external of their homes regularly and call in a professional if they find any suspicious activity.

Would you recognise termites if you found them in your home? Many insects are confused with termites, especially ants. Termites are sometimes referred to as ‘white ants’ because of their pale appearance. Have a read of our blog article Is It A Termite Or An Ant? to familiarise yourself with termites and their appearance.

You can discourage termites from entering your home by remembering these facts:

Termites are attracted to wood, so remove potential termite food away from buildings. Their food can include timber stacks, old stumps, building refuse, garden decoration such as sleepers and logs, waste timber from construction activities left in place or stored under the house.

  • Check your property and building regularly for termite activity to reduce the risk of damage
  • Timber can be treated to prevent termite attack, and some timbers are naturally resistant. Use treated or naturally resistant timber when it is in contact with, or close to, soil.
  • Use metal stirrups for verandah and gateposts
  • Garden beds should not be built up against walls, as this allows termites an undetectable entry point to the building.
  • Keep the edges of the house (slabs, foundation, piers and stumps) clear of clutter, including garden beds and vegetation
  • Sub floor areas should be well ventilated and vents should not be obstructed. Do not block or cover sub-floor ventilation with garden beds or paving.
  • Storage of wood or any other cellulose products in the sub floor space should be avoided
  • Do not stack materials against walls, as this can allow termites to enter without early detection.
  • Clean and check timber decks regularly
  • Termites are attracted to water, so fix leaking water pipes, drains, showers, sinks etc, plus divert water from air conditioning units and hot water systems away from the home or into a drain.
  • Termites prefer humid conditions, so keep the air and soil under the house dry by improving sub-floor ventilation, drainage and access
  • Termites cannot chew through properly laid concrete, so when building ensure the concrete slab is properly designed, compacted, and cured
  • Do not build rainwater tanks up against walls, as this may allow termites an undetectable entry point to the building