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Termites


INTRODUCTION

Seymour Consultants provide timber pest inspections, treatments, general pest control and different forms of protection depending on your needs. We have been providing our expertise, skills and knowledge to the strata industry for over 15 years and have an intimate understanding of building and construction requirements.

TIMBER PEST INSPECTIONS AND REPORTS

Our Licensed Consultants will conduct a thorough inspection of the property to determine the existence of pests. Using a range of the latest technologies such as thermal cameras or moisture meters, we are able to identify even the most difficult to find pests. After a precise inspection and gathering of information, you will be provided with a comprehensive report and photographic evidence showing you the exact location of the pests, damage to building structures or elements and environmental conditions increasing the risk of infestation along with cost effective solutions to suit your individual needs.

TERMITE CONTROL

Quite simply, termites come to properties looking for food. They get there by travelling through the ground from a nest that may be hundreds of metres away, and then they build mud tunnels into your house. They can squeeze through cracks that are the thickness of a piece of paper. If you identify live termites do not disturb them or attempt to treat the area. Seymour Consultants will attend to the property and apply a licensed and approved procedure which aims to eradicate the infestation.

TERMITE PROTECTION

Termite Baiting Systems – Baiting systems works by killing the “workers” in the termite colony. When the worker termites have been eliminated, the colony is starved of food and goes into a suppression phase or “decline”. The reproductive, queens and soldiers die of starvation because they cannot feed themselves. When the queens and reproductives cannot eat because there are no workers to feed them, they die and the termite colony starves and is virtually eliminated. Baiting systems are specifically engineered to encourage termite feeding and to establish a feeding connection with the termite colony. Inside the baiting system is a specialized tablet and wood chips which act as food to encourage a feeding connection. Once a strong feeding connection has been established the termite food is replaced with a toxic substance that the termites cannot detect, which kills them. When the “worker” termites die, the colony cannot feed itself, so the termite population slowly starves and dies.

Chemical Barriers – A chemical termite barrier involves digging a trench around the perimeter of the property and backfilling the trench while applying a liquid chemical to the soil, either under concrete flooring and/or around the entire perimeter of your building’s foundations. Seymour Consultants uses the “Transfer Affect” from Termidor. When a single termite comes into contact with Termidor, it will unknowingly transfer it back to the colony on its body, including every termite it contacts on the way, thus infecting termites that have not even been near the Termidor treated zone.  The result is a property free from termite activity and a protective barrier against any new colonies that may appear near the building. This system can be installed both pre and post building construction.

Chemical Reticulation system – This involves installing a network of underground piping with holes evenly spaced around the perimeter of the foundations and then injecting a chemical foaming agent through an emitter box or delivery pipe to allow the flow of the chemical throughout the soil. Reticulated systems using Termidor products provide barriers for up to 8 years. The advantage of this system is that when the chemical product is reaching its end lifecycle, the chemical can be easily injected into the system providing ongoing protection. This results in no need to dig up soil, pavers or destroy existing landscaped areas. This system can be installed both pre and post building construction.

Physical Barrier – Physical barrier termite treatments are most often used for termite control and protection in new construction projects. A physical barrier is designed to isolate the termite colony from the building so the only method of entry is over a designated perimeter inspection zone. This system is usually installed during the construction of the property.

Some common practices that may increase the risk of termite problems include:

  • Placing turf, paving, concrete paths, bark and garden beds up against the house wall (you may need to re -establish the termite system). NOTE: Concrete paths or driveways placed against a building may require a chemical reticulation system to be installed in the ground before concreting.
  • Leaving loose timber stacked up or leaning against the house.
  • Installing new services involving underground connections to the house (such as pay TV).
  • Installing new water tanks against the dwelling spanning over the width of the termite management.
  • Constructing a pergola (75mm minimum clearance is recommended between the finished ground or pavement level and the bottom of the timber posts).
  • Attaching fences, carports, or garages to the home. You should ensure the soil surrounding members in contact with the ground is treated.

Some common practices that may decrease the risk of infestation:

  • Have the building inspected at least annually by a suitably qualified termite management contractor.
  • Owners should perform their own ongoing inspections between professional inspections.
  • Owners should be careful not to compromise their termite management system. Termite infestations can occur when a perimeter system has been made Ineffective. The most frequent cause of termite infestation is where a perimeter system has been bridged or breached, thus rendering it ineffective.
  • Special care should be taken to protect the ‘weep holes’ (vertical joints between bricks close to ground level that are left open to allow any moisture to escape outside the house). 75mm minimum clearance is recommended from the bottom of any weep hole to the top of the garden bed, concrete or unit paving.
  • Freestanding structures should be built with a minimum 25mm inspection zone between the structure and the house.

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