Termite Control Perth
Termite Control Services:
At Aus Pest Control, we are experts in all things to do with Termites. Whether you want to book a Termite Inspection or discuss and implement Termite Protection or Termite Treatments, we are the One-Stop shop to look after your Termite problem.
Termites are one of the most common types of pest infestation in Perth homes and commercial buildings. What makes termite control more difficult is that you often find out about termite infestation after the damage is done.
1. Termite Inspections
It is important to note that:
- In Australia, roughly one in four homes are attacked by termites at some point.
- Termite damage can cost many thousands of dollars to repair.
- Normally termite damage is not covered in the home buildings insurance policy.
That makes early detection of termite activity essential.
Aus Pest Control’s Termite Inspection consists of:
- Detailed inspection done with the latest technology and licenced technicians
- A written report including relevant photos of affected areas
- Recommendations including prevention and treatment.
Aus Pest Control uses the latest technology to assist us during the Termite Inspection. This includes moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras and motion detectors. For more information about Termite Inspections click here.
If you are in the process of buying a new house, you will need our: Pre-Purchase Timber and Pest Inspection
2. Termite Treatment
So you have discovered termite activity in your home, what should you do next?
You will need to call a Termite Control Specialist like Aus Pest Control to discuss Termite Treatments. There are 2 main treatments you can consider. These are:
- Termite Barriers (Chemical and Physical)
- Termite Baiting
Click here for more information on Termite Treatment, Termite Barriers and Termite Baiting.
How to Spot Termites
Here are some of the signs to help identify if you have a termite problem in your property:
- Blisters or bubbles in wood flooring, door or window frames or skirting boards
The area of blisters on a wooden floor is a clear indication of termites feeding within or below it.
- Mud tubes
These mud tubes are tunnels connecting the termites nest which is underground to the source of food, your house.
The pencil-sized mud tubes or tunnels appear as encrusted dirt. They are formed by subterranean termites to retain moisture and stay safe inside. You can find mud tubes on places where the ground meets the house or other possible food sources like trees.
- Termite Droppings (aka Frass)
Termites eat wood and so excrete out woods as well. The excreta of dry wood termite are visible in the mounds of pellets that resemble coffee grounds or sawdust. These will be visible near termite holes.
- Damaged or Hollowed Wood
When tapped the wood will sound hollow. Termites eat wood from the inside so a hollow sound indicated termites may have eaten some of the inner wood. Subterranean termites chew wood in search of cellulose and can form a honeycomb-like pattern in hollowed wood. The external damage or missing of some portion of the wood indicates an infestation of the dry wood termites.
Windows or doors that are hard to open. This can be another sign of termites as wood can expand or warp with moisture created by the termites.
- Signs of Swarms (Termite Wings or Flying Termites)
The presence of termite wings is a major sign of termite swarms. You can find discarded termite wings on the window and other accessible and hot spot points. This occurs when termites twist their wings and discard them as they will never need them again after finding a dwelling place.
Flying termites outside are a sign of a termite problem. They swarm in search of a place to establish a new colony.
- Signs of Moisture, Damp Patches or Peeling Paint on Walls
Termites produce moisture as they make their way through wooden structures so this is a possible sign of termites.
- Termite Noise
You may hear slight banging on clicking sounds from within walls or wood areas. Termites sometime bang their heads on the tunnels to warn other termites if they feel threatened.
What are Termites?
Termites are winged insects that live in colonies and feed on wood and plant matter.
Termites are from the same family as cockroaches and are also believed to have evolved from the cockroaches.
Termites play an important role in the ecosystem by breaking down old dead trees and decaying plant matter in nature.
However, when they invade homes and commercial buildings, they can cause a lot of damage, which can cost a significant amount of money to fix.
What do they look like?
If you have never seen a termite before, you might confuse them with flying ants as both have wings and antennae. But ants have front wings longer than hind wings, which is not the case with termites. Also, the antennae of termites are straight and long, whereas antennae in ants bend at the right angle.
They vary in shades of brown, black, and white depending upon their species. They have six legs in total and a slender segmented body, which is ¼ to ½ inch in size. Some species may even be an inch or slightly longer.
Types of termites in Perth
There are over 300 species of termites globally. In Perth, the species that causes most damage is the subterranean termite (or Coptotermes).
These termites can be very destructive and they mainly target timber structures of buildings or other wood objects and dead trees and plants.
How quickly can termites invade your house?
There is no exact way of knowing how quick termite infestation can damage your home. A single termite can take around 4 to 5 months to consume a 2×4 inch of lumber. The problem is that termites do not live alone but in colonies, which consist of 60,000 to 1 million termites.
Termite infestation can go unnoticed for several years until you see the damage. They may attack pretty much any wood in and around your house such as fences, piles of wood, decks, furniture and wooden structures.
The Termites nest may be located several hundred metres away from your house. They will travel from the nest to your house through mud tunnels.
Termite Prevention Tips
Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure that you are minimizing the risks of a termite attack:
- Have Regular Termite Inspections, one every year is recommended.
- Clear away any piles of wood or dead shrubs or trees around the perimeter of your buildings or in your yard or garden.
- Clear obstacles away from roof voids or sub-floor levels so inspections are easier.
- Reduce moisture in any areas of your home. Termites are attracted to moisture. That means ensuring that guttering is not blocked and down pipes do not leak and feed into a storm drain. Also ensure roof repairs are done quickly.
- Do not have plants, flower beds or watering systems next to the building.
- Keep the perimeter of the building clear to help observation.
- Do not have mulch next to the building.
- Do not store timber or cardboard boxes in the roof void. This is ideal termite food.
Why Choose Us?
Aus Pest Control will make sure you get the best termite control solution in Perth to protect your Home and Business.
- We are experts on Termites
- We use the latest technology
- We only use treatments which are safe to humans and pets
- We provide free Quotes
- We are very competitively priced
- We are fully insured
- Your Termite Control will be done by a licensed and experienced Termite Expert
- We are very competitively priced
- We are available at short notice to all Perth suburbs
- We provide warranties for your peace of mind
- We are fully insured
- If you have termites, we’ll find them. Guaranteed!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Offer Warranty?
Aus Pest Control provides a warranty for your Termite Control for your peace of mind.
The warranty depends on the service/ treatment.
What is the Difference between Termites and White Ants?
There is no difference. White Ants are Termites.
Be careful not to confuse White Ants with normal Ants. They are completely different.
White Ants or Termites eat wood. Normal ants do not eat wood.
Termites are sometimes known as White Ants due to their appearance.