Thermal Termite Inspections

Thermal Termite InspectionsThe Sixth Sense For Finding Termites

Going Above and Beyond the Standards

Anyone who has had Termites on their property will know how important a good thorough inspection is. Most people will have their properties checked for Termites at least once every year. This enables them to have peace of mind that the property is not under Termite attack or to catch any attack early before it causes structural damage to the building which might compromise the integrity of the whole building! Every inspector will know how important it is to be able to inspect every part of the structure. The better the access we have in and around a structure will enable us to produce a much better and more detailed report. The truth of the matter is 80% of inspections conducted have limited access. An example of where this becomes a common issue is where certain types of insulation have been used that limit our visibility in the roof void. This makes it nearly impossible to detect early signs of Termite workings that have made their way up into the roof. Unfortunately, time does not allow inspectors to lift up every piece of insulation to inspect that part of the roof. If this was the case, the cost of inspections would rise significantly to cover the extraneous labour involved.

So How Do We Get Around This Problem?

Well, the Australian Standards requires every inspection to be conducted with a moisture meter, as well as a sounding device. This shows the moisture content of any surface it’s placed against. The reason for this is that Termites are drawn to moisture and moist conditions are likely where an attack would start. This still doesn’t get around visual limitations. This is where some firms decided to go above the standard and introduce the Thermal Imaging camera. A Thermal Imaging Camera has been used in Termite Inspections for over 5 years and has proven itself very useful in situations where visual access restricts the inspector. Instances, where we are unable to reach a roof cavity or identify what might be causing moisture damage in a wall, can often be solved by having a look through our FLIR C2 Thermal Imaging Camera to get a better idea of what’s going on inside the cavity.

A Detailed Imagine of the Popular Flir C2 Thermal Imaging Camera

A Detailed Imagine of the Popular FLIRC2 Thermal Imaging Camera

Why Has Thermal Imaging Made Its Way Into Termites Inspections?

Termites need 3 things to survive, food, warmth, and moisture. They maintain their nest and all their workings above 30 degrees(Celsius) which enables them to work efficiently. A Thermal Imaging camera detects the heat a surface reflects. This is where it comes in handy for our inspectors. For instance; there might be signs of a Termite nest or sub-nest behind your gyprock wall and we want to gain a clearer image of what might be going on behind the gyprock without cutting an invasive hole to have a look, the Thermal Imaging camera will identify whichpart of the wall is subject to a much higher temperature than the rest of the wall which could indicate Termite workings, this allows us to pinpoint the area and only drill a small hole for our Boroscope (a micro recording device) to see what’s inside the cavity. This goes for all areas where there might be limitations like floor coverings, fixtures, and furniture.

The Thermal Imaging Termite Inspection is a great option for anyone who likes to take the extra step when it comes to detecting Termite activity to protect their home. The Thermal Imaging camera will always be used in conjunction with all the other tools of the trade like a sounding device and a moisture meter. For more information about Termite Inspections, read more on our Termite Inspection page.

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Sentricon Always Active

Go GREEN and Eliminate Termites

 

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Termite baiting was introduced in 1996 and has come a long way since. It all started because the old conventional Termite Barrier (a.k.a Chemical Treated Zone) systems started to fall short. At first, bait stations consisted of a plastic bag housing tasmanian oak which was placed into the ground to act as a termite lure. This meant that the termiticide was only added after activity had been noted inside the station. The problem this presented was that the effectivity of the bait stations relied completely on regular inspections. If inspections weren’t regular enough, termites could come and go without anyone noticing. Everything changed when Sentricon Always Active was released in Australia in early 2016. This new baiting system was designed with a termiticide pre-impregnanted timber rod. which means meant that as soon as termites find the station and commence feeding the colony control phase begins. This new system means that the stations are always working without anything that needs to be added, hence the name “Always Active“. Below is a graph of how they are normally installed around a residence.

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I always recommend these stations to anyone looking for termite control for the following reasons:

1. They are in ground monitoring stations which means you can actually see how they work and when termites are active or inactive.

2. They can be moved around in soil and aren’t fixed to one spot forever, they can even be completely removed if desired or if you relocate to a new property.

3. They are a lot more environmentally friendly then the conventional chemical treatments that have been around for decades which often leave harmful chemicals in the soil for up to 15 years!

4. It is one of the only ways through which you can monitor and achieve elimination of a termite colony, which brings me to my next point.

Eliminate the colony!

Termite colony elimination is a very tricky and complicated procedure. Many pest control technicians will claim that they’ve found a termite nest by drilling a tree or a stump. While it is possible to find a termite nest by drilling a tree or digging into a mound, unless a queen has been sighted, there is no way of telling if that was the main nest or just a sub nest. Sub nests are “mini nests” constructed by the termites to stay hydrated while they are out foraging between their main nest and their food source.

The point I’m trying to make is that the only way to eliminate a colony is to find the queen or to get to the queen via the workers. We’ve already established that finding the queen is nearly impossible. Most people who are in the pest control industry, rarely, if ever, see a queen in their lifetime. This is what makes baiting such an appealing treatment strategy. The worker termites interpret the bait as a food source therefore taking it back to their nest. Termites share the bait through a process called “trophallaxis” which eventually works its way to the queen and the whole colony collapses shortly after. Once termites stop feeding on the bait, the colony can be declared as eliminated. The whole process can take a bit of time but it is worth it if it completely exterminates the colony while also providing a long term monitoring solution in case any future colonies travel to your property. Read more about Termite baiting on our page.

We are experienced termite control specialists and have developed our baiting systems to provide lasting termite control and giving you peace of mind when it comes to termites and your home. Our treatment strategy involves placing the baits in the most effective way to create a anti-termite perimeter control system. We also provide ongoing inspections and instead of having to chase us for follow-ups we book them in well in advance to ensure your Sentricon Always Active baiting system stays in top shape and keeps the termites away. Talk to one of our experts today if you’d like to hear more about Termite Baiting Systems.

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Rodent control

Scratch scratch in your roof?

 

 

Have you ever laid in bed at night and heard a scratching noise and thought, is it a rat!? I’m guessing most of us have and it’s something that happens to everyone at some point. The question usually is, what are they doing in my roof? Well there can be a few reasons why Rats and Mice like to set up camp in your roof, but the most common reason is because of the warmth.

During the colder months of the year Rodents look for warmer places to nest. They are mammals just like us and need the warmth to survive. There are obviously other reasons why they might like your roof too like the shelter it provides, easy access to food and also the moisture. Rats only need a tiny bit of moisture to survive each day and they can get it from their food.

How do we keep them out?

I’m guessing your next question would be, how do I keep them from getting into my roof? Well, there are a few ways you can prevent Rodents from entering you roof void.

1. If you know that they are already in the roof, Rodent bait needs to be placed in your roof void in order to drive them out.

2. If you know you have issues with rodents in your area, a better way to do it is to set up a few Rodent bait stations in your yard so that they can find the bait before they even get to your roof.

3. A more permanent way to prevent them from entering your roof is to completely proof off any entry points they might have. This is usually the more expensive option but can be more affordable in the long term.

Storm rodent bait by BASF

Storm Rodent bait by BASF

Rodents are nocturnal creatures and also neophobic. That means that they are most active during the night and also tent to avoid anything new that’s introduced to their surroundings. This means that when it comes to baiting, it can be more complicated then in sounds. Sometimes pre baiting is required with some of their favorite snacks in order the get them to get used to entering a bait station. There are also different types of bait, some are a single feed and other multiple feed. Different baits are used for different situations. In places where you can’t have the risk of a dead carcass that’s inaccessible, like hospitals, trapping of the rodents is required.

If you have any concerns about Rodents please have a look at our Rodent page and feel free to give us a call.

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Pets – Tick Control & Flea Control

The Secret Life Of Pets – What’s it Got to do With Pest Control?

The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) An uplifting family film about what pets get up to when their owners are out...

The Secret Life Of Pets (2016)
An uplifting family film about what pets get up to when their owners are out…

The Secret Life of Pets“, opened in Australia last Thursday and has garnered positive reviews across the board. Almost everyone I’ve spoken to about it has said that they thoroughly enjoyed the feel good movie, and since seeing it myself I can attest to its warm themes and family friendly humour.
For those who haven’t seen the film yet; it details the story of a small dog “Max” (voiced by Louie C.K.) who has to navigate the introduction of a new housemate – a larger, smellier dog called Duke. The two go on an incredible adventure across New York and in the end become close friends. The film is a great watch for families and will leave everyone uplifted at the end.

One of the things that “The Secret Life of Pets” highlights is that the relationship between owner and pet is incredibly unique and special. It’s hard to describe the kind of relationship that one can form with a pet over the years that they are part of a family. Children often grow up alongside pets and parents treasure the impact that they can have on each other.

But What’s It Got To Do With Pest Control?

Unfortunately, Ticks and Fleas are a threat to many pet owners and their pets. Especially the paralysis tick commonly found in the Northern Beaches of the Sydney Region. Fleas can be managed by regularly giving your pet a medication like “Frontline” or having your cat wear a flea collar. Vets can also apply a pesticidal liquid on the nape of a cat or dog that draws fleas to that point and kills them off.

Ticks, on the other hand, are much more difficult to control, they thrive in the warm Sydney climate and pose a threat to pets and children. We definitely recommend getting a comprehensive garden treatment to get rid of Ticks and make sure that they won’t latch onto pets or children.

Our Tick Control involves the use of a broad spectrum pesticide spray which is great for knocking down the tick population quickly as well as getting rid of other small crawling insects. The spray is completely safe for pets and children and is non-fuming – so absolutely no risk of breathing it in.
We also use BRIGADE which is the MOST effective tick control treatment available in Australia. The granular formulation sinks in between leaves and amongst the foliage to create an Anti-Tick barrier around your property which will give you up to 12 months of protection against ticks. BRIGADE is formulated to be resilient against harsh weather and designed to roll in between leaves and surface level roots to be most effective.

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Brigade is one of the best treatment measures for ticks as it provides lasting tick control.

If you live in an area that is known to have problems with Fleas and Ticks/Paralysis Ticks (Northern Beaches, Upper & Lower North Shore, etc.) then give us a call TODAY and we’ll get rid of them in no time with our reliable and effective treatment strategies. Our technicians are experienced, certified, and licensed to take care of pests using only safe, non-fuming pesticides to ensure your peace of mind with our effective tick control strategies.

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