Termites Attacking House Via Concrete Stump

We are often asked by confused clients how they have sustained a termite attack when their home has had their old red gum stumps replaced with concrete stumps. We conduct hundreds of termite inspections every year and generally speaking the use of either concrete stumps or timber doesn’t seem to affect the chances of getting termites. What it does effect is the ability to located termites on inspection as timber stumps are able to allow ingress undetected where as concrete stumps forces termites into a viable location. So what’s the key? Just make sure your home is checked regularly with a professional termite inspection and where necessary undertake some form of termite treatment that will be effective and takes into consideration if you have timber or concrete stumps.Termites entering home up timber stump
Termites attacking house via a concrete stump

Pre construction termite control

A large luxury new home in Donvale has had pre construction termite control applied using Trithor termite membrane. Tom and Lachlan worked all day carefully installing the membrane during the construction phase.

Then owner builder client was delighted with the job, and said he can actually see exactly where the protection is and how it will stop termites. He prefers this protection method to sprays which are invisible and short term and cannot be readily checked or evaluated.

Physical membrane to piers and footing walls

Physical membrane to piers and footing walls

Physical membrane to brick piers

Physical membrane to brick piers

Physical membrane to footing wall

Physical membrane to footing wall

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NATIONAL AWARD WINNER – SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR – TWO YEARS RUNNING!

We are delighted to announce being awarded the AEPMA Pest Manager of the Year national award for 2015 as the NATIONAL SPECIALIST. The award was presented to Robert Boschma (director) at the recent AEPMA national conference for the SECOND YEAR running.

This coveted award has been hotly contested within the industry. The judging panel evaluated company performances in 12 key business areas including quality control, service to clients, and staff training.

team-with-award

Robert said that being a genuine ‘specialist’ has enabled the company to develop the latest business systems, specialist skills and equipment. These are combined with old fashioned service values of care and professionalism to give clients a technically skilled and caring service.

He said that he and the staff are enjoying the feeling that the hard work invested has been recognised by the industry but recognise that there is always more to work on and that we hope to continue to develop to try and offer our clients the very best the industry has to offer.

If you are after a termite control specialist, give us a call now: 1300 69 59 49

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The Next Big Move In The Termite Industry – Altriset

Every now and then there are some really important moves in our industry, in 1994 it was the banning of organochlorines which included products such as Dieldrin and Aldrin (carcinogens). At the beginning of the 2000’s it was the introduction of successful baiting systems using insect growth hormones which are a non toxic and incredibly effective way of gaining colony control from a remote feeding.

Mode of Action of the new non scheduled poison – AltrisetMode of Action of the new non classed poison - Altriset

Now our new change will be to introduce the termiticide “Altriset”  which contains the active ‘chlorantraniliprole’ to our clients. This new ‘active’ is derived from the South American “Ryannia” plant and specifically targets termites – not other bugs or animals. It is non-toxic to humans and mammals, fish and reptiles, but is lethal to termites at even miniscule concentrations. It is the first liquid termiticide to be classified as non-toxic and ‘non-scheduled’ by Australian authorities, but yet it has proven to be highly effective and long lasting.

A particular benefit of this material is that it is totally ‘non-repellent’ to termites, which means that if it is applied around an infested building, termites will actually travel through the treated soil and unknowingly become contaminated with the ‘active’, which they transfer back to other termites. This process is called ‘trophallaxis’ and results in many more termites being destroyed than just those entering the treated zone. This makes this termiticide ideal to use against aggressive termite infestations where other repellant sprays may fail due to termites detecting a route through any untreated gaps in the application. The material is more expensive than traditional ‘repellent’ chemicals, but we recommend it to client where a highly effective treatment to a heavy termite infestation is required. Our specialists  love to use it, since they can go home at the end of the day knowing that they have not exposed themselves to toxic industrial chemicals.

Field trails indicate that the longevity of “Altriset’ should be expected to at least equal those of traditional repellent insecticides. It is odourless for our clients comfort and is not absorbed by plants, so will not get into garden vegetables or kill honey bees- a big change for the heavy carcinogenic insecticides of 20 years ago. This is a big win for everyone.

 

Tom Boschma and Trent from Syngenta meeting to discuss advances in termite control methods using non toxic method

Tom Boschma and Trent from Syngenta meeting to discuss advances in termite control methods using non toxic methods

It might be winter but termites are still on the move

Termites can be said to be seasonal especially down here in Victoria where we get particularly cold winters compared to say Brisbane. The cooler weather does affected their mobility and certainly we associate these months with a slowing of activity in homes and in the environment but slowing does not mean cessation… Below is a termite monitor installed just 12 weeks earlier which was discovered to hold large numbers of Coptotermes frenchi, a species that is particularly destructive in parts of Melbourne and up to parts of NSW.

With termites still active in Winter, its always a good time for a termite inspection.

Heavy termite activity in monitor station

Heavy termite activity in monitor station

 

A great interview with the ABC with our industry boffin, Dr Don Ewart

Their appetite for destruction knows no bounds and they’ve made many homeowners’ lives a misery, but having spent his life studying termites, Dr Don Ewart has come to respect their skill as “nature’s engineers”, and their complex role within the Australian ecosystem. To listen to Dr Dons fascinating interview on the ABC click on the following link:

http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2013/10/15/3868792.htm

 

Dr Don with termite colony

Dr Don with termite colony

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Look Closer – Can you see the termite entry point!

If you look at the corner of between the brick pier and the footing wall of this typical brick veneer in Greensborough you can make out a 2cm wide by 5 cm tall termite tube. It almost looks like a build up of soil but has a slightly dark brown texture then the earth around it.

This is a fairly easily found example of a termite entry point and was quickly detect by us however; it’s not generally that straight forward. A termite tube can be smaller then the width of a pencil and maybe coming up behind the pier or somewhere entirely inaccessible and thus never located during a sub floor inspection.

It is for this reason that the need to have not only a thorough termite inspection of both internal, subfloor, roof and externals of a building but also have the ability to provide treatments that cater to the specifics of the type of infestation and are appropriate for the style of building involved.

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Termites Ain’t Termites

Damp wood termites

Termite aren’t just termites, in fact there are over 350 different species in Australia alone and although the majority of them don’t cause us any issues there are some species that create huge amounts of damage throughout Melbourne. This photo, shows a species (Porotermes adamsoni or damp wood termites) that is not usually considered destructive however, if the conditions of your home replicate that of the termite environment then your home can become susceptible to a whole range of difference types of termites.

It pays to have a termite specialist carry out your termite inspections as different termite species have different behaviours requiring different termite treatments.

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