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Summer and an increase in termite activity - Quarter 3, 2015

With the recent wet weather and the promote return of our beautiful Brisbane summer there will no doubt be termite activity around your home with these destructive pests running at full capacity. The spike in termite destruction in summer is because through the cooler months termite activity slows, but as it warms up they kick back into overdrive.

Are you and your Brisbane home prepared for termites? If you are unsure there are some basic things to do to minimise risk of termite attack to your home.

  • Termites are attracted to food and water. Ensure air con outlets are connected into down pipes. Hot water overflow should also be connected to drainage.
  • Make sure down pipes on your home are not blocked or cracked to prevent excess water releasing against walls of house.
  • Keep garden beds to an absolute minimum against the walls of your house. Ensure no finishes around your home are covering your existing termite systems. If they are, and cannot be rectified, have a licensed termite specialist visit your home to consult.
  • Complete your regular termite inspection to validate your warranty on your current termite management systems. If no termite system installed to your home, again consult a termite controller for their advice on suitable termite protection for your home.
  • The types of Termites local to Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan areas all respond the same way. Termites take flight (flying termites), mate and start a new nest. As the nest grows it must find food and water, and thus the spread of termites continue.

    In the next few months you may find some flying termites. It is the time of year when existing termite nests release their new reproductive termites to create new termite nests.

    If you find these flying termites outside your home and around your lights it is a good indication there is a nest nearby. If you find thousands of these flying termites releasing into your home from a wall or your floor you most likely already have an issue and should seek urgent advice we are here to assist in these concerning moments when you find termites in your home.

    To arrange a termite specialist to inspect your home please Click here if you would like us to contact you or phone us on 07 3201 2900

    Rodents... - Quarter 3, 2015

    Its that time of the year again. Rats gnawing on your walls and roof material, causing damage to your electrical and pumbing. Rats running through your home in the night when your sleeping & urinating around on food surfaces. Mice chewing open you packaging in your pantry and contaminating your food - all horrible things that nobody wants. These pesky rodents come in during the cooler season. They commonly nest in walls and roof voids and use your home as shelter, and Why wouldn't they. They have all the shelter and food they need. It doesn't take much for rats and mice infestation to turn into a plague. The best way to keep rats and mice under control in Brisbane homes is by having rodent baits installed in roof voids and if safe, in cupboards etc where kids and pets can not reach. By leaving a constant food source/bait in place you will be constantly keeping the rodent population to a minimum.

    Rat and mice treatments don't vary much from Brisbane, Ipswich or Logan areas. They main reasons you see pests enter the home are when there are environmental issues. This can be from bushland, storm water, spillways, long grass, build up vegetation, compost. All factors to help breed rodents.

    Some signs you can look out for as a home owner are:

    • Seeing holes in your cornices - This can be from rats gnawing through the plaster.
    • Leaking pipes and tripping power - from rats chewing.
    • Droppings and the smell of urine.
    • Scratching noises coming from the walls and ceilings.
    If you think you have a rodent problem, professional pest control services for rodent control normally starts around $165.00 - We currently have a Winter special where we are completing a full Termite inspection and rodent treatment to your home for $230.00

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    Termites - Quarter 2, 2015

    I saw a very interesting thing a few weeks back. It was after we had those heavy rains in Brisbane and Ipswich. I went out to feed my dogs in the rear carport. While feeding the pups, I noticed a trail of brown looking ants tracking from one side of my carport to the other. I didn't pay much attention at first, until I walked closer. The brown ants that were tracking across my carport were actually termites. They had entered the carport from a small gap in my brickwork and were tracking across the carport and back into the garden. I was amazed by this for two reasons. One, its very rare to see termites tracking without the mud tracks for such long distances, and two, it was at my house. Termites can travel 50 meters from there nesting locations. After doing a quick search around my property, it was clear they were more then likely coming from a neighbouring property.

    Termites surprise most. Because they travel underground, you don't tend to see them before they have entered the home. Termites travel in tunnels in the soil searching for there nest food source and water source. Sometimes, you will find a mud looking tunnel on the walls of the house or in other areas like fences, posts supporting your house (timber/ concrete or metal), etc. They use these tunnels to protect themselves from when they leave the safety of the underground tunnels. Without these tunnels, it leaves termites vunrable to attack.

    A common enemy for termites, are your common house ant. IF they can enter the workings of termites, within seconds they will pick up the termites and walk off with them for dinner. Termites hard mud tunnels are there defence. If breached, they will abandon the area to ensure the safety of the rest of the termite colony. The loss of a few thousand termites in nothing when you start talking about colonies of 2 million.

    This is why it is so important to contact your local termite professional. If you find termites, it is important to have them treated with a registered product that is designed to travel with the termites and possible spreading back to eliminate the nest. By just spraying the termites you find, you may kill a few hundred and the remaining termites will cut off from that area to protect the colony.

    The registered products we commonly use as a termite colony elimination treatment is Termidor and Altriset. These are both Non-repellent products which termites can not detect. With its slow acting mode of action, it gives termites the time then need to slowly start sharing the product with the other termites, thus slowly spreading back through the nest.

    Termite treatments as described above can be done when termites are found in fences, retaining walls, garden edging, Mature trees, dead tree stumps. Termites are also found and can be treated in furniture, cardboard boxes, crates etc.

    So if you ever find termites on your property. Call you local termite professional to complete a termite inspection and a potential termite treatment. by treating what we find, it may instantly reduce the termite pressure building up around your home. You just never know when the termite nest will find its way into your home.

    Flying Termites - Quarter 4, 2014

    With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of heat, rain and humidity. It is with this change in climate, particularly Humidity, that is a common time we start receiving calls about swarms of flying termites.

    Termites tend to wait for that time when we have had the heat and rain then they release the new kings and queen termites into the world to multiply. November and February are normally the times we see the flying termites here around the Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan areas.

    Flying termites (or flying white ants) are called alates. They are the future of reproduction and are designed to fly out, look for a nice dark, moist area and start to create their very own termite colony.

    Normally you would see the flying termites attracted to your lights. They normally swarm the lights a bit like moths will. This normally happens when a nest has released there swarm of termites and they go searching for the new home.

    We do receive distressed calls of clients who have had a swarm of termites release from a wall in the house which of course has released thousands of termites into their dwelling. This normally is the case if the termite nest is inside the house or very close by.

    Are you ready for the termite season? Call The Termite Man, your local termite controllers to complete a comprehensive termite inspection today.

    • Free termite quotes
    • Termite inspections from $185.00
    • Termite treatments/ direct termite nest treatments.
    • We service all of Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan.
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      Spring and Termite activity across Brisbane - Quarter 3, 2014

      Spring, hands down it's the best season of the year everyone living in Brisbane. Unfortunately this also applies to Brisbane's termite population; as the days become warmer the amount of termite activity will be heightened.

      A common myth about termites is that they do not eat in winter - this isn't true. What we find is the termites only move slower through the colder period of winter. So instead of termites eating 24 hours a day in frenzies, they will extend out through the warmer part of the day and stay close to the nest or warm spots during the cold of night. This means that as the warmer nights return so does their love for eating.

      Is your Brisbane, Ipswich or Logan home ready for termite season? It is recommended to complete your termite inspections every 12 months at a minimum. The reason for this is termites can do a lot of damage once in your home and by inspecting your home for termites on a regular basis could be the difference between a few hundred dollars of damage, a few thousand or an almost total right off.

      Termite inspections in the Brisbane area will cost between $185.00 to $250.00. If you think your due for a termite inspection, please give us a call on 07 3201 2900 or click here to send us an email. We will be able to have a chat with you about your home and determine if you need a comprehensive termite inspection.

      Different homes require different forms of termite inspection. As an example, the areas you would inspect on a slab on ground brick veneer house would be different to a highset house, and again different to a suspended floor dwelling (house with a sub floor area). All 3 of these construction designs are common dwellings across Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan.

      Older established suburbs like Kenmore, Indooroopilly, Chapel Hill, Ashgrove, West End, Aspley, Clayfield, Ferny Grove, Mansfield and Stafford normally have either a highset house construction where the living areas are located upstairs and a garage/laundry is on the ground level. A lot of these types of homes have been renovated over the years where the ground level areas get closed in creating more habitable areas.

      The other common design we find is the suspended floor design. This design normally has an area under the house floor where you can access to look underneath. This is called a subfloor. Sometimes these areas can be converted into additional rooms. Sometimes these homes can be in a split level design where some of the ground level flooring is concrete and some is suspended timber flooring. When completing termite inspections in these homes, its critical to inspect the ground level and subfloor areas as these are the common weak spots for concealed termite attacks.

      The other common design we see more regularly over the last 30 years are the concrete slab on ground constructions. These homes can have a brick veneer, timber cladding but both are designed on the concept that the concrete slab sits directly on the ground. Some suburbs we see a lot of this design are Moggill, Mount Ommaney, Sunnybank, Anstead, Bellbowrie, Calamvale, Jamboree Heights, Karana Downs, Karalee and the list just keeps going.

      The common issue we find with these homes for termites is the fact you cannot see under your floor. Because of this you can not normally see termites tracking in from underneath. Houses built after 2001 were setup using physical termite barriers instead of the traditional part a chemical termite treatments. This minimizes the risk of termites finding a way into the house from underneath and will usually allow you to see termite activity tracking up the sides of your home before they enter. The important thing about homes with physical termite barriers and traditional termite sprays is that they are designed to minimize the risk of concealed termite entry. Because nothing can be 100% inspecting your home on a regular basis will pick up on termite ingress.

      I hope you found this article interesting. If you have a questions or an article request, call us on 07 3201 2900 or please email me any time by clicking here

      Termite barriers and treatments - the low down - Quarter 1, 2014

      Was your house built after the year 2000? Did you know that all houses in Queensland built from 2001 should have a termite barrier. This can been made up from visual inspections zones, termite Reticulation systems or a physical material know as physical termite barriers.

      Physical termite barrier installations are probably the most common used termite system on new dwellings in Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan. They are a material, that when installed correctly, will stop termites from entering without being seen. The important part of that statement is that they are designed to stop termites coming into the house without being seen, not that they are designed to stop termites. Many people don't realise this, which is why the termite visual inspection zones are so important around your home.

      Some brand names of physical termite barriers are Termi mesh, Term seal, Homeguard and our favourite, Kordon. All great systems to have on your home.

      Termite Reticulation systems are a system that has been designed to be buried against your house or under your house. It's purpose is to allow your termite barrier to be replenished without having to do invasive damage like drilling holes through concrete or lifting paving/ flooring. Because all our new products only last at most 10 years, you need to have the ability to top up the system for the life of the building, which we all know is more then 10 years.

      Some brand names of termite Reticulation systems (also known as termite replenishment systems) are Camilleri, Altis, Term guard, term x and premium flow. Once again, all great systems to have as long as they are installed correctly and the correct amount of termiticide is applied. Some termite treatments you can put through your systems are Premise, Termidor and Biflex.

      Termite Visual inspection zones is a broad name for when you have a physical barrier installed, but also when the concrete slab on your home has been used as part of the termite management system.

      If the concrete slab has been used as part of the termite barrier it must have a clean flat edge, a minimum visibility of 75mm, no render or any other surface on-top of the slab edge. This is because it doesn't stop termites but you will see them tracking up the side of the slab.

      A visual inspection zone on a house with the physical termite barrier located in the perimeter of the house will be underneath the weep hole level on a brick house. It's important not to store items against the walls of your house and make sure your finished ground level e.g. Gardens, paths are kept 75mm below the bottom of the weep hole. This will keep your termite inspection zone clear, so you can inspect around your home on a regular basis for any termite tracks or termite damage.

      It's also important to have your house inspected at least annually as this is a condition of the warranties of many termite systems. If you lapse of your inspections and termites enter the house, you may find you have no cover.

      If it has been over 12 months since your last inspection, we are here to help. Call us on 07 3201 2900 or click here to send us an email.

      Termites in your garden? - Quarter 1, 2014

      "I'll always find termites in my garden so there is nothing I can do"

      This is a common comment I hear when I'm completing termite inspections and termite treatments around the Brisbane regions. It's true a lot of home owners will find termites in the garden, but it's important to use this as a sign. If termites are in your gardens or if termites are in your fence line, what's stopping them reaching your home?

      Termites will travel 50 meters looking for food and water. Unless your house has something stopping them or deterring them, what's to say they are not already under your house now? Unfortunately this is a fact that many homeowners choose to ignore until it is too late.

      Another comment we often hear is; "If they are feeding here, they won't feed on my house". Yes, it's true termites are cluster eaters, but they don't just feed in one area only. They spread out and feed from multiple locations. If you are leaving food out for termites to eat, you are creating great conditions for the termite nest to expand and multiply. Termites constantly scout looking for their next food source.

      It's important that if you find termites in your garden or termites in a fence, or tree stump not disturb them. By leaving them it can give an area where a termite specialist can complete a colony control treatment, a form of termite treatment designed for the termites to spread through their nest and eliminate it. This is one of the best ways you can start to reduce the termite pressure around your home.

      If you have not had a termite inspection carried out on your home in the last 12 months, it would be a good idea to have this carried out at the time of your next termite treatment. Termites can travel quite a distance in 3 months, so it is important to have your house inspected by a termite professional at least every 12 months.

      If your home is in the Brisbane, Ipswich or Logan regions we recommend our services to you, we have technicians located all around Brisbane. If you don't live in these areas you want to look for a termite specialist company that have the following:

      • Complete your Termite Inspections according to AS3660
      • Use moisture meters, Dongas, torches, probing instruments,
      • Use the Terma Trac which is a device that picks up on moisture, movement and thermal readings through your walls (this is the leading piece of equipment in Termite technology).
      • You should receive a written report on the inspectors findings and recommendations you can do to minimise the risk of termite issues on your home.
      • They should be registered with the BSA and be fully qualified/ licensed for termites.

      Termites are a serious problem - for home owners who have never had a problem with termites this may seem a little dramatic but for the rest of us who have had termite infestations it can be a terrible time. So make sure you have a termite professional who is trained in this area. It can be the difference between a minor termite issue and major home repairs with ongoing problems.

      Thanks for reading.

      Termite Inspections - Quarter 4, 2013

      Case: Pre-Purchase Termite Inspection in Brisbane, QLD

      Recently we were completing a pre-purchase termite inspection in Jindalee. The first home buyers were very excited and the pre-purchase termite inspection was the only thing required before sale.

      During the termite inspection, we came across several issues that could increase the risk of termite damage to the dwelling. On further inspection inside the home we came across Schedorhinotermes sp, a type of subterranean termite, which had gotten in the skirting boards, under the carpet and had reached the roof void. We see these types during termite inspections in Brisbane and Ipswich areas all the time. In this case the termite activity appeared to be localized and had not spread across the whole home. This discovery however, was enough for our client to pull out of buying this home and a real shame for the sellers as this level of termites can be easily treated and the house protected from future termite issues had they have discovered them prior to the buyer's inspection.

      Termite inspections are very important for all home owners, current and new. Termite inspections carried out by experienced professionals help pick-up on conditions that make the property more attractive to termites, which allows problems to be rectified.

      Australian Standards recommend homes undergo regular inspections no further than 12 months apart. The reason for this is inspections can only report of any issues at that particular time. And if you have ever experienced termites eating your home, you will know just how quick termites can cause damage.

      If termites are found in your home or even on the property, it doesn't mean you in for thousands to fix the issue. Completing professional termite inspections and having termite control treatments correctly applied to the activity can reduce ongoing termite pressure around your home, thus minimizing the risk.

      Termite inspections vary in cost depending on who you contact. Some companies offer you a "Free termite check with your pest control". Be wary as you get what you pay for and this is not a termite inspection being carried out to the Australian Standard, but merely a quick look over the house with a torch when they are spraying for your cockroaches.

      Subterranean termite inspections need to be in accordance with AS3660.2. It involves inspecting throughout the house with torches, moisture meters, sounding device etc. It may also include using Terma tracs which pick up on activity behind the walls and thermal readings. Inspectors also go through accessible roof voids, crawl spaces under your flooring (if applicable) and going around and inspecting the grounds of the property. You should receive a detailed report on findings and recommendations to minimise the risk of termite attacks to your building.

      For experienced termite inspections, you should expect to pay anywhere between $185.00 to $250.00 depending if you're in a town house or a multi-level dwelling.

      If you think it's time you booked in your termite inspection, click here to go to our contact page or give us a call on 07 3201 2900 to book in a time.

      Great news on Termite Barriers and Warranties - Quarter 3, 2013

      The newest release with termite control product warranties has hit the market. Termidor, made by BASF, has just released a 2 million dollar product warranty when the Termidor termite barrier system is installed by an accredited Termidor applicator. Termite barrier treatments are still the most common way to protect your home from subterranean termites. The reason Termidor is Brisbane's favourite termiticide for pest controllers is its transfer effect. Termites cannot detect the treatment which makes avoiding the termite treatment impossible. When used as a termite barrier, this reduces the chances of termites finding a weak spot in the treatment, unlike repellent termiticides where termites can sense the treatment and avoid it. The other attribute of Termidor is the fact that it is designed to go back and poison the nest which can lead to a colony elimination therefore reducing the termite pressure on your home.

      If you already have termites in your home around Brisbane, Termidor also comes in a dust and a foam application for direct colony treatments. When subterranean termites have been found, we can directly inject the Termidor dust or Termidor foam into the termite galleries. Once applied, the termites do the rest of the work because they constantly groom each other, slowly spreading the Termidor through the nest which can lead to the nest being eliminated.

      It's important not just to rely solely on a dust and foam treatment as it has no long term termite protection. For best long term results, once the termites have been treated and are eliminated from the house a Termidor termite barrier should then be installed.

      Termidor termite barriers are designed for buildings that have had active termites and also as a preventative treatment to give ongoing termite protection to your structures. Termidor is applied to the soil against the foundations around your home creating a treatment zone. Once termites come in contact with the treated area it can spread back and eliminate the colony. Termidor termite treatments can last up to 8 years.

      If you have any questions on the Termidor product warranty or wish for us to give you a obligation free quote on protecting your home please call us on 073201 2900 or click here to send us an email for us to give you a call.

      The Termite Man, your local experts in Termidor termite treatments across Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan.

      Why use Premise for Termite Control & Termite Prevention: The Facts - Quarter 3, 2013

      Underwritten by BAYER, one of the world's leading brands in Termite Treatment and Pest Control products, PREMISE offers an alternative to "nerve poison" types termite control agents.

      Termite control agent Premise is widely used in Australia to combat known and unknown subterranean termite nests and termite infestation.

      In times past, very stable and very poisonous chemical treatments were the only options available to the average household, commercial and industrial consumer that would kill termites if they were confronted with a live termite infestation or considering options for pre-construction and post-construction termite preventative options and systems.

      With Premise there is now an effective and economical termite protection solution available to the environmentally conscious home owner. This is because the active ingredient in Premise, imidacloprid, belongs to a group of chemicals called neonicotinoids which kill termites in a novel way, far removed from the past time's nerve poison regime.

      Call The Termite Man on 07 3201 2900 or click here for more information on the use of Premise to prevent termite damage to you home, by controlling termites and killing termite infestations.