Termite Treatments Overview
Termite Treatment Methods for Termite Control Brisbane
The following pages contain more detailed of treatment methods available to you. We design each termite treatment to suit your home, species of termite attack, and your budget. A treatment is broken down into stages:
- Termite inspection of your home, this includes all accessible timbers, roof void, sub-floor (if applicable) interior, exterior, trees fences and surrounds. During this inspection, we use Moisture meters, thermal camera, Terma-Trac high power torch, donger and other specialised inspection equipment (see Inspection page).
- We then provide a full written report and a treatment proposal outlining treatment options and costing.
- A colony control treatment is then undertaken, this could include internal baiting, a dusting treatment or a foaming treatment.
- Installation of a Termiticide treated zone.
- Follow up inspections at 3 months then 6 months.
It is important when getting quotes that you are comparing the same style of treatment and the use of the same control agents.
Common Termite Control Agents
Arsenic Dust - An original dust treatment for termites, a class s7 Restricted Poison seldom used today because of its very high toxicity. This should be avoided.
Termidor Dust - New Generation dust containing Fiprinol, exempt from the poisoning schedule carry’s a caution label. Has a proven transfer effect between termites. Our choice of Dust to use in all dusting treatments.
For baiting applications, there are several baits available (for example Sentricon, Extrerra, or Xterm). We use and prefer Sentricon.
3. Liquid Termiticides
Liquid Termiticides have undergone significant changes over the last 20 years here is a brief history.
Aldrin, Dieldrin, and Heptachlor These were banned in 1995 mainly due to concerns about persistence and the potential of harmful environmental and health effects.
As the Organochlorins were phased out the next common agents used were often Chlorpyrifos based chemicals, strong solvents made for unpleasant odours.
6. Synthetic Pyrethroids
Mostly based on the molecular structure of natural Pyrethins, Bifenthrin-based Termiticides were a significant advance with low odour formulations and water based formulations making for treatments were little or no odour was present during or after the treatment. Bifenthrin-based Termiticides are still in use.
The common factor in the above chemicals was that they all acted as repellents. Termites that came into contact with treated soil are repelled, with a low rate of mortality. As such it was very important to make sure the prior to the application of one of these chemicals as a barrier that the termites that were within the home had been killed. Also, external baits were often required to attempt colony control if a nest had not been located.
The next big development was the introduction of non-repellent Termiticides such as Premise (Imadacloprid) and Termidor (Fipronil).
Unlike repellent Termiticides, it is shown that non-repellent formulas do not have any noticeable impact on foraging within the treated zones. Termites will pick up the non-repellent Termiticides through ingestion and soil contact within these treated areas. The effects on termites can include intoxication (Imidacloprid) which may deter them from burrowing further into the treated area.
Typically, once treated, they will leave the treated zone. Because of the delayed time of the termiticide, the active ingredient will most likely be carried back to the colony where it spread to other members through trophallaxis, grooming or even cannibalism. This is often referred to as the Transfer Effect and can be an effective way to treat nearby colonies.
We use Termidor as we find it provides a long service life (up to 8 years) and exhibits the transfer effect (see the page on termite control agents).
Termite Control and Termite Treatment Specialists
Termite treatments require a range of detection equipment, specialised application equipment and a sound knowledge of termite species and their habits.
Owner of Tanzer Pest Control
Greg Tanzer has over 20 years experience in the field. Contact our termite control team in Brisbane for effective, long term solutions to your pest and termite problems.