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White Ants & Termites? Are they two different insects?
Termites & White Ants are the same thing and they are on the move: they are now found in places where historically they did not exist.
Your home is your biggest investment in terms of money, effort and love, so naturally you want only the best provider for all your termite inspection, prevention and treatment solutions. Newcastle Pest Control are a local company: we are open all year round.
WARNING No 1: Talk to one of our accredited termite experts before any quote is accepted. Don’t take chances get a no obligation second opinion.
WARNING No 2: If you have just found termites DO NOT touch them, spray them or move them. Leave everything as it is. It makes it far easier for us to track them down and eliminate them correctly if we can see them.
Why choose us for your termite treatment system
If you believe you have termites, we will find them and eradicate them. We are known across Newcastle as the obvious choice for safe and effective termite treatments. Here’s why.
- Free on-site quotes from highly-trained experts before we start – so you needn’t worry about nasty surprises.
- A commitment to environmentally-friendly techniques and methods to protect you, your family, and your pets.
- Price-beat guarantee. We’ll beat any comparable quote by $100.
- No harmful chemicals.
- Professional, uniformed technicians…for the highest level of service plus no mess and no disturbance.
- Payment plans available – no interest ever!
What to do – if you are sure you have termites
Just get one of our termite experts to come and have a look, they will let you know on the spot what your options are and provide a no-obligation quote.
Here’s how to identify the 5 most destructive termites.
What to do – if you are not sure if you have termites
You really need to get a Termite Detection Report that will tell you what you have, where they are and what your options are. The report costs $280. It is recommended in the Australian Standards to get one of these reports every year for your property.
Signs of Termites
Discarded termite wings
The most common way of detecting termites include discarded termite wings.
Flying termites or termite swarmers
Wood that is hollow when tapped and wood damage
Wood that sounds hollow when tapped is also a tell tale sign you have termites.
Cracked or bubbling paint
Cracked or bubbling paint is often overlooked as a sign termites have been active.
Termite droppings that look like sawdust (frass)
Termite swarmer flight cut marks
Termite mud tubes
Some other signs of termites
- Moisture stains on walls and damp areas on walls
- Clicking or tapping noises behind your walls
- Power failures and build up of termite mud around power points
- Soft or bouncy floor boards
What do termites feed on
They feed on cellulose-based material like wood, books, boxes, furniture and drywall coverings. Termites are constantly foraging and have been found over 50m from a colony.
Why are termites a threat to my home
Termite colonies work 24 hours a day, and signs of termite infestations can go undiscovered until serious damage is done. Because homeowners insurance typically does not cover termite damage, termite detection and continued termite treatment are the best ways to help protect your property.
Termite Treatments and Termite Prevention
Since termites are a constant threat to your home, here are some things you can do during the year to help maintain the effectiveness of your termite treatment plan.
What Can You Do to Help Protect Your Home?
Small steps make a big difference in termite prevention and sustaining an effective termite treatment plan. Start by eliminating moisture conditions and food around your home. These simple steps make your home a less attractive target, helping deter termites.+
Eliminate Moisture Problems
- Repair leaking taps, water pipes, and a/c units
- Divert water from foundation
- Keep gutters and down-spouts clean
- Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
- Get rid of standing water on roof
- Keep all vents clear and open
- Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
Remove Food Sources
- Keep firewood, lumber, or paper away from foundation or crawl space
- Get rid of stumps and debris near house
- Place screens on outside vents
- Check decks and wooden fences for damage
- Wood on your home shouldn’t contact the soil
Termite Warning Signs & Identification
Some indications you may have a termite infestation:
- A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
- Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
- Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces.
- Discarded wings from swarmers.
Termite Treatment Prices
These prices should only be considered a guide. The termite species, the difficulty of the job and the number of termite treatments required will have to be assessed on site.
Mounds, Trees & Fences | $600-$1500
Existing Homes – Active Termites | $1500-$3500
Existing Homes – Install Termite Barrier | $3000-$6000
Pre-construction Complete Home – Install Termite Barrier | $3000-$6000
Termite Treatment and Termite Control
Deciding on a solution for your termite treatment.
If you have done some shopping around for termite treatments you will be well aware of the huge differences in solutions and prices. It usually boils down to two choices either:
- A termite baiting system.
- Or a chemical soil treatment around your home.
Make sure you are fully protected.
Both methods mentioned above will usually suit most homes. However, there are some homes that are much better protected by one method over the other.
Then there are some other very high risk homes that may be best protected by utilising both methods, or a combination of both methods.
Beware of false claims about termite treatments or deceptive wording.
If you think an expensive chemical treatment zone all around your house is a good option, think again. Most companies will drill hundreds of ugly holes in your concrete so that the chemical can be applied. Not only can these holes potentially devalue your home when you decide to sell it, but most professionals will tell you that it is not the most reliable way to treat the soil under your concrete.
The Australian Standards specifically states that the concrete should be cut and removed so that the soil can be correctly treated. Not only that, it is usually advisable to replace any unsuitable soil from around the perimeter walls of your home (to the depth of the footings) with a quality soil that can more effectively hold the chemical treatment.
If the concrete is drilled and injected, then nobody really knows whether the chemical is effective or not. Sadly, in many cases it fails and termites get the last laugh. It wasn’t the chemical that failed. Rather it was the company that failed to carry out the treatment correctly, or failed to advise you that it is more preferable for your concrete to be cut and removed rather than drilled and injected. And of course if it does fail, you won’t find out for some time, and when you do, the company that did the treatment will be long gone or else pointing to clauses in the fine print as to why they are not responsible, when in fact they are!
Now you know the truth.
The choice is yours.
Choosing termite treatments between a good quality bait system or a quality installed chemical treated zone is difficult.
Both work well and some homes will need a combination of both methods.
Over a five year period, both methods offer similar protection. Termite Baits improve with age. Chemical soil treatments wear off and eventually you need to do it all again from scratch.
Installing a Termite Bait System is quick, painless, and unobtrusive. It’s value-adding to your home, and reasonably affordable.
On the other hand, installing a chemical soil treatment is pretty messy.
Cutting the concrete or drilling holes is no fun; digging up the lawn and garden beds beside your home isn’t nice, and the price is usually pretty hard to swallow too.
Get Serious – Don’t be a victim of termites; and don’t be a victim of unscrupulous Termite Treatment Companies either.
Do your home work and avoid wasting your money and risking your home with inferior products. The termite management industry has its fair share of misinformation, con-artists, rip-off merchants and supposed “professionals” who are not as competent as they would like you to believe.
It also has plenty of true professionals.
Don’t be fooled by great sounding warranties that simply aren’t worth the paper they are written on – don’t just believe us – have your solicitor check out the wording on the warranty. Read the fine print, exclusions and conditions – you’ll soon see what we are saying.
Termite treatment systems need to be supported by annual inspections as stipulated in the Australian Standards.
After the inspection, additional work may be required to make the home safe.
This can be best illustrated with a simple example.
If you put a termite baiting system around your home, but left a live termite nest in your roof void it would be folly to expect instant results. An inspection would (should) reveal the nest and then an immediate course of action could be taken to destroy the nest, locate and treat their entry point, and then the termite baiting system would be of value by reducing the risk of your home being attacked by termites again.
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Newcastle Pest Control Ph 1300 104 599
Merewether NSW 2291