Melbourne’s Termite Specialists

ELIMINATION OF TERMITES WITH TERMITE DUSTS AND FOAMS

Although dusting and foaming has its limitations it can be a great tool when used in conjunction with other methods.

Termite Dusting

This method involves dust toxicants being blown gently through infested termite workings. The dust sticks to the termites and the timber they are feeding on. The dust will kill any termites that come into contact with the dust, either directly or by picking up the dust from treated surfaces and contaminated nest mates.

This technique can be very effective in eliminating active termites from the structure. With the dust having the capacity to be transferred from one termite to the next, if sufficient dust is available, there is the ‘potential’ for the dust to get back to the colony, contaminate the queen and eliminate the nest. However, scientific literature suggests that this transfer cannot occur over a distance of much more than 5 metres. With the potential for termites to travelling 100m from the nest to get to a feeding site, dusting cannot be relied on to deliver colony control.

Accordingly, dusting should rarely be used as the sole method of termite management in Melbourne due to the discrete and subtle nature of the termite attacks in our area. Dusts work best with high levels of infestation during the warmer months, when a large number of termites can be coated with the dust. We generally only use dusting as the first step in the process in reducing the activity of termites in a home.

When we carry out a termite dusting we typically use fipronil based dusts – far more effective and of lower toxicity than the original arsenic dusts that were used in the ‘old days’.

Applying dust to door architrave

Termite Foaming

Termite foams work on a very similar principle to termite dusts – the product is applied to the areas of termite activity coating the termites and surface of the feeding sites. Once the foam has dissipated, the insecticide remains and will be picked up by any termites in the area.

Foams can be made using several different types of insecticide and can be particularly useful when treating termite activity in damp areas, where dusts cannot be used.

What next after a termite dust or foam treatment?

Termite dusts and termite foams are only used to eliminate active termites from an area, they will not prevent a future attack on your property. Such products are unlikely to kill the colony attacking your home, so the termites will be free to attack again in the future, and of course there may be other termite colonies in the area. To get lasting protection from termites, a termite management system needs to be installed around to home.

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