Homeowners should do their own Termite Treatments
Termite Baiting has proven to be the most reliable and effective system by pest professionals since the millennium, because it works!
Using the same formulation and same principles, you get the same results
Dead termite colonies and a defended home at a fraction of the cost. And as the bait is not harmful to humans or pets, its safe too
How do I know I have termites
If you are not doing regular inspections of your home either yourself or by a pest controller, termite damage will be a confronting discovery. A door falls away from its hinges, a renovation surprise or sometimes it was simply leaning on a pergola pole or a window sill that revealed the termite activities.
We know that termites can do major damage to homes but termites are specialists in being covert. So keep an eye out for hollow sounding timber, rippled or cracked paint, termites are even known to make clicking noises in the walls as night (bang on a wall and see if it gets louder).
Doing your own termite inspection is a fairly simple process
Had a confronting termite discovery?
Seeing termites leads to a lot of questions, the main on… How much will getting rid of these termites cost me?
As you can understand, every termite discovery is unique.
How did they get there, how long have they been there, what type of termite is it and have they been scared off in the discovery?
How long have I had termites?
While it feels critical to know how long have they been eating away at your house or how the termites got in.
The answers don’t establish how to kill them
What type of termite?
Knowing what type of termite helps to know what to expect when they are being baited.
Here is termite identification, tips and you can submit your termite photos
How much damage to the damage area?
Termites will leave an area if they feel at risk.
That risk could be intruders like ants, dead termites, damage to termite tunnels, residual insecticide or the timber has been removed.
If that happens, termites usually retreat to other feeding locations till they feel safe again, hours, days or never.
When the termites have disappeared you will need to find another spot.
How much does termite treatment cost?
A ‘Termite treatment’ covers a number of different parts, killing existing termites, termite prevention and regular inspections.
If you tick all the options with a the pest controller, cost can vary greatly, from a few hundred dollars to many thousands depending on the options selected.
The two subterranean termite species that cause over 90% of the damage to Aussie buildings almost never nest inside the building.
The nest must be in direct contact with the soil for its constant source of moisture.
It’s an absolute necessity.
When a colony is developing nearby and they need more timber, the scouts go searching at night, above the ground, in the open, continuously searching until they scout that ‘right’ piece of cellulose.
That ‘right’ piece of cellulose is from wood and has to be big enough to be worth constructing their ant-proof mud enclosed tube, all the way from the nest to the new food source, this could be up to 100 meters.
What is a Termite Monitor?
A Termite Monitor is designed to be placed ON the garden, ON pavers and paths, up above ground level where termite scouts are searching. The Termite Monitors have termite sized access holes directly to the timber and a hole in the lid.
The timber inside goes all the way up to (within a millimetre or two) that hole and the termites instinctively use a mud mixture to block it to prevent the loss of precious humidity.
A blocked hole, is your signal they’ve arrived. Check out this 3-minute video:
Once you’re done is placing the Termite Monitors, check regularly and feed termites in any monitors attacked. The termites do the rest! That’s the best termite treatment there is.
Defending Your Buildings From Termites
Worker termites do their instinctive job… they search for easy to harvest timber… build a tunnel to safely harvest the timber… and take it back to feed the whole colony.
But, when Termites discover a ‘Termite monitor’, (which is way better than finding a timber inside your home), they follow their instincts by muddying the holes around the timber to protect them from ants.
This mean the hole on the top of the termite monitor gets closed with termite dirt.
And the presence of termites in a termite monitor is much easier to spot than behind a retaining wall or in the window frame in the kids bedroom.
Ohh, you wanted to stop them eating your house…
To kill termites you need to feed them, specifically Colony Killer Termite Bait
By pushing in the mud (on the monitor lid) and immediately covering the hole with a foil bag of Colony Killer Termite Bait, the workers switch from eating hard timber (mostly cellulose) to more easily chew off a bellyful of moist alpha cellulose (containing an active ingredient which disrupts their digestion and moulting).
They know where they live, they take it there and, the queen and the whole colony dies.
Found Live Termites and Eating Solid Timber?
All you need is Colony Killer Termite Bait, a steady hand and the willing cooperation of the worker termites.
Make a small hole in timber where you think the termites are, observe the termite activity come to defend the hole you have just made and attach a foil pouch of termite bait over the hole so the workers have direct and secure access.
Termites do the rest. Just check in on them and top up the termite bait
Questions & Answers
What is the best treatment for termites?
Can I treat my home for termites myself?
How do I get rid of termites in my house?
What kills termites permanently?
If you have opened the timbers to investigate The extent of the damage and or sprayed them, the workers will close off access from the nest to the exposed galleries. Thousands of termites will be sacrificed (or be killed by your spray effort) but the colony will survive. The queen is probably laying a thousand…
Let’s keep it that way by using one of our DIY termite treatments. But not having found termites is not quite the same as not finding them after a thorough termite inspection of your home. So get a torch and go tap around all your skirting boards, window and door frames, have a look up…
The Situation Andrew found these termites under mulch near his fence, photographed them and sent to me through our ID Service. He included his mobile phone number so I phoned him and was able to give him advice after asking a few more questions. I told him they were Schedorhinotermes or Schedos, a serious pest…