Termite Treatments

Keep your Geelong property safe with our reliable termite treatments

Do you have termites in or around your home? Or do you suspect termites might be around but you’re not sure what to look for or how to tell? Call Academic Pest Control in Geelong today for professional advice and a free quote on all our termite treatment solutions. If left untreated, termites can cause serious damage to your property. At Academic Pest Control, we have a range of termite treatments available to ensure your property stays free from bugs and is fully protected.

Termite or 'white ant' infestations

Many insects are confused with termites, especially ants. Termites are sometimes referred to as ‘white ants’ because of their pale appearance.
As a homeowner, you can discourage termites in the following ways:
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  • They are attracted to wood, so remove potential termite food away from buildings - their food can include: 
- Timber stacks
- Old stumps
- Building refuse
- Garden decorations such as sleepers and logs
  • Waste timber from construction activities is often left in place or stored under the house – remove all timber formwork.
  • 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.
  • They are attracted to water, so fix leaking water pipes, drains, showers, sinks, etc., and capture water from air conditioning units.
  • They prefer humid conditions, so keep the air under the house dry by improving sub-floor ventilation, drainage, and access.
  • They cannot chew through properly laid concrete, so ensure concrete slab is properly designed, compacted, and cured.
  • Colonies can sometimes be located - it is possible with termite inspections to eliminate colonies by killing the reproductives (the queen and the king).
Regular termite inspections are the most important part of controlling these pests before they do any damage. Therefore:
  • Arrange regular termite inspections – at least once a year in cooler areas and twice a year in warmer areas.
  • Inspect during periods of high termite activity - early spring to late summer is generally the best.
  • Keep the edges of your house (slabs, foundation, piers, and stumps) clear of clutter, including garden beds and vegetation.
  • Our professional pest controllers are trained in inspecting houses for termite activity - use our services.
The first step in protecting a house is to prevent termites from gaining access. This is achieved by placing a barrier under or around the house.

Remedial termite treatment

A remedial termite treatment is undertaken when an infestation in a property has been identified. If the nest can be found, it may be possible to destroy it directly. Check any trees, stumps, wood stockpiles, or other sites that may harbour termites within 80 metres of the house. The nest can be destroyed by a variety of different termite treatments including complete termite removal or the application of a chemical insecticide. Whether or not the nest can be found, the termites must be prevented from continuing their attack on the house. Therefore, remedial termite treatments generally use chemicals in one form or another.
The chemicals can be applied as:
  • Barrier treatments
  • Baits
Barriers are designed to deter termites or bring their presence out into the open. Barriers can be physical or chemical in nature. 

Physical termite barriers

Physical barriers are so-called because they rely on the physical resistance of the material to resist termite attack. These are usually installed during new constructions, but some can be retrofitted to existing houses. Barriers can be placed under concrete slabs, foundations, and within cavity walls.

Physical barriers are made from metal, crushed rock, or other materials that termites cannot chew through, and in which any gaps are too small for termites to move through. Most of these products have to be installed by professionals who are licensed by the manufacturers. 

Ant caps are installed at the top of underfloor piers or stumps to force termites into the open where they are easier to detect during regular inspections. Ant caps are not a barrier by themselves. 

Chemical termite barriers

Chemical barriers rely on a chemical to resist termite attack. The chemicals are usually insecticides. These barriers can be placed under concrete slabs, foundations, and around houses. 

Chemical barriers can be installed in new and existing structures but can only be installed by licensed pest controllers. In-soil chemical barriers are formed when the chemical is applied to the soil under or around the foundations of a building.
There are several different chemicals currently registered for use as chemical barriers.

The active ingredients include: 
  • Bifenthrin
  • Chlorpyrifos
  • Deltamethrin
  • Fipronil
  • Imidacloprid
Approved methods of preventative termite control are covered by Australian Standard AS 3660.1 (2000). Remedial termite control is covered by AS 3660.2 (2000). 
It is important to remember that house construction is variable. You should consider:
  • The type of construction (slab on ground, suspended floors, pole, etc.)
  • The materials used
  • Soil types
  • Slopes
  • Size of house
  • Size of block
  • Year of construction
Australia is a big and varied country, from cooler temperate climates to wet tropical ones. Such variation is important to remember when considering termite treatments. Should one particular method work well for one house, it may not prove appropriate for another. 

Barrier termite treatments

A remedial chemical soil barrier can be applied under and/or around the house in a similar fashion to a preventative chemical soil barrier. 

Chemicals can be applied to the infested area inside the house. This can include liquid formulations or dusts. Liquid formulations are similar to those used in chemical soil barriers.

Termite baits

Baiting termite removal systems concentrate insects into a bait station and then feed the pests a bait – a palatable food containing an active ingredient.

The insects collect the bait, return it to the colony and spread the active ingredient throughout the colony. If enough active ingredient is ingested, then it is possible to eliminate the colony.

There are commercial baiting systems that have the bait included - these are available only from licensed professional pest controllers. Call Academic Pest Control today for more information.

There are do-it-yourself baiting systems (such as the CSIRO bait box), either built by the homeowner or by a professional pest controller. In either case, the bait must be applied by a professional pest controller.
Bait termite removal systems can be applied as stand-alone treatments or as part of a combined approach. Bait systems can form part of the inspection of a house, acting as a continuous monitoring system.
Active ingredients in baits include:
  • Arsenic trioxide
  • Hexaflumuron
  • Noviflumuron
  • Chlorfluazuron
Note: Chemical treatments are only available to licensed pest controllers. At Academic Pest Control, we’re experienced in controlling termite infestations. Our termite controllers will advise you on which termite treatments are most suitable for your property and make sure any control measures are properly put in place. If you think you’ve got termites, give our friendly team a call today.

Got termites? Get in touch with our professional pest controllers now on
0418 511 350 and discuss our range of termite treatment solutions.

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