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The Termidor Assurance Warranty is unique. It covers your home for structural damage up to $2 million. It also guarantees that your home has been treated by an accredited Termidor applicator using genuine Termidor – not one of the many inferior copies.
All you have to do is speak to your accredited pest controller, who will start the warranty process.
Please note: Warranty offer is available to Australian homeowners only.
Termite Inspection & Treatment FAQ's
To permanently eliminate termites in your home, it is recommended to hire an experienced pest control company. Tom’s Pest Control Melbourne has years of experience in treating termite issues in various properties. When you hire us to treat the termite issue in your home, we remove them effectively using the proper methods and equipment. Also, we make arrangements to prevent them from coming back in the future again. Hiring a professional to undertake the termite pest control issue is the only way to permanently remove them from your home or office.
Small holes in your furniture may be an indication of termite infestation. If treated early, termites can be stopped from multiplying and damaging your furniture further. It is recommended to cover the small holes in your furniture using a wood hardener. But if termites have been on your furniture for long, the chances are of the holes being too big to be covered with a wood hardener. In this case, it is recommended to have the wood of the furniture to be repaired or replaced. You can cover the holes in the furniture on your own or have it done by a professional.
Bait is the most effective treatment for removing termites from your property. When you hire a professional pest control company, they undertake the removal of severe termite issue by installing baits in your property. Termites are tempted to feed on the baits that contain pesticides. Once they eat the bait, they begin to die. Whether the termites eat the bait directly or come in contact with it indirectly through excretes of other mates, they are sure to die. Once their entire colony comes in contact with the bait, the infestation issue will be resolved.
You can use borax powder to kill termites naturally. Mix the borax powder in water or sprinkle directly on the affected area to kill them naturally. However, it is essential to note that natural remedies only help when the infestation issue isn’t significant. If many termites have attacked your home, natural remedies won’t help. Also, natural ingredients may sometimes cause the termites to leave one place and move onto the other, thus causing more damage. It is recommended to seek professional pest control services to remove termite infestation from your property thoroughly.
No. Your home insurance will not cover termite damage. Insurance companies protect against accidental damages. They do not consider termite damage as an accident as it is a common issue property owner faces and can take necessary steps to avoid the problem altogether. To prevent paying a high cost for treating the termite damage in your property, it is recommended to take action when you see the first signs of termite infestation. Hire a professional pest control company to treat the termite infestation in your property or make arrangements to prevent a termite attack.
Installing baits for termite on your property will take a few hours. However, for the treatment to work and give you results, you may have to wait for a week or so. If there are many termite colonies on your property, you will have to wait until all termites come in contact with the bait directly or indirectly. Once all the termites, including the colony’s queen, feeds on the bait, the pest infestation issue will resolve completely. It is recommended to give the bait treatment a span of 7 to 14 days to show its effectiveness.
Termite issues are common in Melbourne properties. If you are on a hunt for your dream home and the thought of the home being infested by termites worries you, it is best to get the chosen property evaluated by a pest control expert. At Tom’s Pest Control Melbourne, we offer property inspection services to let you know how severely or mildly a property has been infested by termites. If the infestation issue is low and can be treated easily, you can consider buying that particular house. However, if termites have severely damaged the property, you may have to consider the cost involved in treating and repairing the property. If this cost fits in your budget, you can buy the home without any hesitation.
Termites attack properties all-round the year. It is essential to get your property treated for termite infestation when you see the first signs of it. Waiting for any particular time of the year to get the treatment done can increase the infestation and cause severe damages to your home or office. Once you see signs of termite infestation, get in touch with Tom’s Pest Control Melbourne. We will send our pest control experts to inspect your property. Depending on the level of infestation, our experts will suggest a treatment and implement it at your convenience.
How long the termite treatment in your property will last depends on its type. If you have a quick fix treatment like spraying or dusting done to destroy a small colony, the chances of the termites returning in a few months increase. In case they return, you will require re-treatment soon. However, if you go for termite barrier treatments or baiting treatments, they will offer long-term protection from termites without the need for re-treatment. Moreover, it is essential to get the treatment done by an experienced and knowledgeable company to avoid re-treatment soon.
Every treatment works differently to kill the termites living on your property. Chemical treatment involves chemically treating the soil of your building to prevent termites from entering it. The chemical in the soil discourages the termites from attacking your home or office. The chemical acts as a repellent and offer long-term protection from termites. In the case of baiting systems, baits are installed in various corner of your home. Once the termites note these baits and feed on them, they begin to die. When all termites come in contact with the bait directly or indirectly, their colony is destroyed.
Termites, which are microscopic insects, can seriously harm your house. Unfortunately, because termites are so microscopic, many people don’t even know they have them until the pests have severely harmed their property. Therefore, in addition to other preventative measures, it’s critical to schedule a routine termite inspection to identify any issues before undertaking costly repairs.
Regular inspections are essential because termites are difficult to detect until your house has suffered severe damage. Therefore, investing in termite examinations at least once a year is advised. In addition, a termite infestation is more likely to occur if you reside in a warm, humid region. Therefore, when planning yearly inspections, you should use even greater caution.
Older dwellings are also more prone to host these unwanted visitors. Therefore, before deciding whether to buy a house, you might wish to pay for a pest and termite examination.
Both termites and carpenter ants, which are sometimes confused with one another, generate winged reproductive to spread their species to new regions and establish new colonies. Therefore, recognising any flying insects you encounter on your external walls is critical. Below mentioned are the top points that help you differentiate termites and ants.
- Termites in clusters have a light colour. Flying ants are often black, brown, red, or a combination of these colours.
- Ants and termites both have two pairs of wings. However, the termite wings are the same size. An ant’s body has three distinct segments that give it its unmistakable form.
- Although termites also have three segments, they lack the ant’s narrow waist.
- Termites have beaded straight antennae. It is because ant antennae bend in one direction.
In most instances, professional extermination yields quicker and more effective results than do-it-yourself techniques. By spotting pest issues early and getting rid of them quickly, they may also help you save money down the road by averting an expensive infestation and damage.
Finding the root of the issue helps enhance pest management efficiency. If you receive treatment without eliminating the cause, the issue will return. A survey and examination of your home’s interior and exterior are included in routine pest control.
The pest control specialist may provide a tailored pest control programme based on their assessment using the most innovative and sophisticated products and equipment while using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies.
Whether or not people can eliminate termites on their own is one of the top worries regarding termite management. Always, the response is a resounding “no.”
As colonies can be found anywhere near your house, frequently in places you can’t access, treating termites is not a DIY activity. Instead, the knowledge, experience, and expertise of a professional who can efficiently locate and control any termites in your home are necessary for termite treatment.
It’s necessary to contact a reputable pest treatment firm as soon as you spot termite indications on your home. Even though you may come across material online regarding DIY termite control, it is simply not a choice if you already have a problem.
Perhaps if DIY termite treatment is ineffective, there are preventative steps you may do to identify termite infestations early or even stop them from happening. Place a gravel barrier (or similar material) between the soil and wooden buildings like porches.
Mud tubes should be avoided, especially near foundations. By applying pressure or using a flashlight to look for hollowing, evaluate the strength of the wood. Maintain adequate ventilation and sealing to prevent moisture build-up and softening of structural timber.
Engaging experts is the most efficient technique to get rid of termites. With years of expertise and access to top industry solutions, Tom’s Pest Control termite specialists can create a customised treatment strategy.
Bait stations can offer a successful, long-lasting remedy for termite problems. Although the bait is intended to function gradually, it permits the annihilation of all termite castes, including the reproductive, army, and worker ones.
Fipronil and hexaflumuron are the two major insecticides used to eradicate termites. The carefully formulated chemical fipronil is the active component in various liquid termiticides. When present in sufficient quantities, it can instantly kill termites.
The most common termiticide in the USA is Termidor (Fipronyl), which is used extensively for termite management. The only termiticide that eliminates termite colonies and has 100% efficiency against termites is Termidor. You may purchase these items online or from a nearby business that sells pest control supplies.
Establishing a treatment zone around your property, this termite control approach will stop termites from tunnelling up the footings and through the soil to enter the building.
Installing a termite barrier is best done by digging a trench, treating the exposed trench, backfilling, and treating the backfill. The trench must extend 50 mm below the top of the footing and be at least 150 mm broad.
This technique entails drilling holes into the concrete or tiles 150mm out from the neighbouring exterior perimeter walls with 200m spacing, surrounding the driveway, pathway, porticos, patios, and expansion joints.
Primarily, the termite baiting system should be installed after an expert has evaluated your home. Before considering the best termite control system for your house, you will need to enable pest control specialists to do a termite examination of your property.
When termites are detected via monitoring stations, colony removal may begin. First, we mix a cellulose-based substance with a slow-acting termiticide in the station’s bait. The worker termites will take the bait and return it to the colony for the remainder of the termites to consume.
The termiticide might take 6-12 weeks to destroy a colony. We know all there is to know about termite baiting systems.
The termite management procedures described above on eliminating termites from wood also apply to furniture. If you are looking for ways to get rid of termites at home, consider the strategies listed below: –
- Make certain that your furniture is not exposed to dampness.
- Once in a while, apply aloe vera gel on wooden furniture as a protective covering.
- Invest in a high-quality wood polish and have it professionally applied to all of your wooden furniture.
- Remove any unnecessary wooden items from your home since they are breeding habitats for bugs.
- Reside close to or in a seaside city. You must have specialist chemical treatments performed regularly.
- White vinegar and lemon juice treatment is another way to eliminate termites. Two lemons’ juice and one cup of vinegar should be mixed and kept in a jar.
How rapidly termites can consume wood is astounding. Termites are believed to cost the economy more than $5 billion yearly in property damage. In addition, they create tunnels within the wood, further compromising the stability of your house.
When termites are present in a home, it can be impossible to predict how much damage will occur before a termite treatment is applied. The colony’s size, species of termites, and location may all affect how much damage is done. In addition, the contaminated wood itself may play a role.
Although there are smaller colonies, termites live in colonies, and several colonies may infest your home. Together, they have the destructive power of a bigger colony.
Termites don’t spread infections when they bite like some other insects do. Due to the insect’s small size and weak bite, termite bites are uncommon and typically quite minor. However, any insect bite or skin hole puts you at risk for illness.
The soldier is a termite that could bite you. However, this is unlikely. Soldiers have stronger and more evolved mouthparts to ward off predators like ants than worker termites. Their heads are brown rather than white and bigger than worker termites. They lack eyes and wings.
Depending on the species of termite, there may be termite droppings, damaged timber, or sinking flooring as indications of an infestation.
- Mud tubes are an easy sign of termite infestation if seen on your property in places like door frames, wooden furniture or fixtures, dark and damp corners, walls, or the air conditioning duct.
- Your ideal house was created and constructed with a wooden floor. But let’s say you hear a hollow sound coming from it. Or you find papery wood. Termites on your wooden floor are undoubtedly an issue for you.
- Small spores might indicate termites in dry wood. Termite faeces is another clear indication of an infestation whenever you come across such little, dirty hardwood particles.
- If you notice worn-out clothing or microscopic spores on costumes. Urban residents frequently see termite damage in electrocortical switchboards.
The moisture required for survival for these termites, which live inside the wood, can be found in the wood itself or the air’s humidity. This explains why humid coastal environments where dry wood termites are most frequently seen. Below are the three types of termites and the way they look.
Workers: Drywood termites are cream to white in colour, just like subterranean termites.
Soldiers: These have opaque bodies and heads that are darker, orangish brown in colour.
Reproductive: Drywood swarmers have dark brown abdomens, smoky grey wings, and amber-coloured heads.
Compared to subterranean termite colonies, dry wood termite colonies are smaller, with mature colonies having just a few hundred or thousand individuals. Within a crack or other hole in the wood, the flying men and females’ mate and start new colonies.
Termites may ruin homes permanently and compromise their structural soundness and durability. Therefore, it’s crucial that you contact our qualified exterminators right away if you find termites or believe that you might have them.
They will be able to evaluate the issue, provide the best termite treatment recommendations, and carry them out. There are three ways to deal with termites:
- Soil treatment: Because subterranean termites reside there, termite treatments are applied to the soil in the area to serve as a treatment barrier.
- Wood Treatment: To assist in eradicating any existing termite colonies and stop new ones from sprouting up, pest control experts can employ a range of various wood treatments.
- Bait Systems: Termite colonies can be eliminated using termite treatment systems that use bait.
If you require more information regarding termite control & treatment, contact us at (03) 9034 5957.
In Australia, there are reported to be around 350 species of termites. So naturally, you don’t want your ideal house to fall prey to termite attacks, given the danger of assaults in many areas of Melbourne. These pests, sometimes known as white ants, may eat through walls, ceilings, floors, and electrical wires.
If they are not controlled, the cost of the damage might reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. Thankfully, a termite treatment company can guard your new house even before the foundation is completed.
We have put together this handy guide to explain how termite protection is installed and the many types of termite management systems used in pre-construction if you are building a new house and worried about termite breakouts. Need to safeguard your new home? Please speak with one of our experts about termite defence.
Termidor Termite Treatment® FAQ’s
The key to the suitability of any termiticide in a wet environment is the propensity to leach through a soil profile upon a wetting event. The main measure for ability to leach is the product’s water solubility. Termidor has very low water solubility and therefore will not leach through the soil. Termidor tightly binds to organic matter in soil, which also limits its movement. All of these physical and chemical characteristics contribute to Termidor remaining active in the treated zones close to the foundations of the structure for as long as the soil and foundations have not been compromised or the normal time span for degradation has elapsed.
This includes soils that have been located in flooded areas. As an example, whilst conducting long-term field trials throughout Australia, a Townsville site suffered a major flood which completely submerged the Termidor treated plots for a lengthy period. It can be seen from the graph below that there was no effect on the amount of Termidor present in the soil.
As stated above, Termidor binds strongly to the soil particles and will not leach through the soil profile. However, this is based on soil that is not saturated at the time of treatment. If the soil is saturated, the Termidor (and any other termiticide) will remain in the water phase with little chance to bind to organic matter in the soil profile. Therefore the soil needs time to dry out enough so that the soil profile is not in a saturated state. This drying time depends on the type of soil, site drainage and the weather conditions after the original wetting event. Your Accredited Termidor Applicator is in the best position to answer this question.
This depends on a number of factors. Your Accredited Termidor Applicator is in the best position to determine this via a thorough inspection and written report. As a guide, Termidor should be used to re-establish the treated zones when:
- Soil erosion next to foundations has removed protective termite treatment zones.
- Any rectification work has moved or removed treated soil.
- Flooding has brought new, untreated soil next to the foundation.
- Foundation elements have shifted/moved or soil subsidence has occurred and untreated soil now requires a Termidor treatment.
- Treatments with other more water soluble products are suspected to no longer be in place to protect the structure (from previous use of non-Termidor materials).
- Adjacent patios, driveways, concrete pathways, asphalt pads, etc have moved and exposed soil areas that can now be treated. Especially when repaired and previous soil is moved.
- Landscaping has been repaired, added, etc and the previously treated zones have been disturbed.
- Repairs to the structure (especially foundation repairs) leads to the presence of untreated zones.
After receiving the inspection and written report it can be a little confusing with an overload of information. It is important that you sit down and discuss the report with your Accredited Termidor Applicator to understand the recommendations (why they are important), agree on a plan to carry out the recommendations and review the success after implementing the recommendations. Following this advice is very important, as it will affect the quality of the treatment and may also affect any warranty given by the pest manager.
The termite threat in areas that have suffered excessive rain events may actually increase. Termites increase their population based on a number of factors including access to moisture and food sources. Obviously after heavy sustained rainfall, the soil will hold moisture for a long period of time which the termites will enjoy. Added to this is the increase in building timber and tree debris left behind after the water recedes.
Quite often this is buried in land fill or stacked in a pile which adds a new food source which can sustain a larger termite population. As a consequence, termite pressure will, in time, be more severe. Therefore it is imperative that an Accredited Termidor Applicator performs a thorough inspection of the site to assess the risk and provide recommendations to protect your home from future termite infestations. These should be conducted at least every 12 months into the future.
Over 400,000 homeowners for the past 18 years have been satisfied with Termidor protecting their homes, without a single product failure. That is why it comes with an eight-year warranty and is Australia’s number one trusted brand for termite control. Termidor’s Genuine Transfer Effect™ takes advantage of the social behaviors of termites living and feeding in large colonies where they are in constant contact.
When a single termite comes into contact with a Termidor treated zone, it will unknowingly transfer it back to the colony on its body, infecting termites that have not even been near the Termidor treated zone. This is the ‘Transfer Effect’ and a key reason why no other termiticide performs as well as Termidor.
Termites can’t detect Termidor due to its innovative, non-repellent technology, so they can pick up a lethal dose while foraging in treated areas. As a result, Termidor works quicker and more effectively than other inferior termite control options.
The crucial advantage Termidor has over many other products is that it doesn’t repel termites. Termites are able to detect the older chemicals in the soil and stay away from them. That means the termites remain active and unaffected, still exploring the area and potentially looking for ways into your home. Termites can’t detect the treated zone so, as they continue to forage through the soil and unknowingly come into contact with Termidor.
The Genuine Termidor Transfer Effect™
Because affected termites can’t detect Termidor, they carry it back to the nest on their bodies and pass it on to other termites, hence the devastating Genuine Termidor Transfer Effect. Termidor can control whole termite populations faster than any other treatment, but it is relatively slow-acting in individual termites. This means termites have ample time before dying to spread Termidor to their nest, and the entire colony. The combination of Termidor being undetectable in the soil and its Transfer Effect mean no other termiticide performs as well as Termidor.
- An Accredited Termidor Applicator will conduct a thorough inspection of your property – should termites be found, a treatment with Termidor Foam will be required to quickly stop activity within your home.
- A trench will be dug around your home in preparation for the Termidor application.
- Termidor will be applied to the soil as it is backfilled.
- Holes are drilled through paths and concrete areas or concrete is cut away to gain access to the soil.
- Pavers, if not concreted in, must be lifted, the soil treated underneath and the pavers re-laid.
- Some soils, such as heavy clays, may be removed and replaced with a sandy loam before treatment.
- A follow-up visit is recommended by your Accredited Termidor Applicator.
- Ongoing inspections of your home and surrounds at least every 12 months, and more frequently in high risk situations, are recommended.