If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably thought about pest control. But have you thought about termite control?
For homeowners in Adelaide, termite control might be one of the most important decisions you make about your property.
Termites are a real concern for homeowners in South Australia because our state is home to a particularly sneaky type of termite, the subterranean termite.
These termites (also called “white ants”) create a colony underground, then build tunnels in a 100-metre radius of the colony to find food. Although all termites are almost impossible to spot, you’re unlikely to come across a subterranean termite colony at all.
That’s why it’s a good idea to keep your knowledge on termites, and how your own home may be uniquely affected, up to date.
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What you should know about termite control in Adelaide
Termites are attracted to all homes, no matter what age they are. So, whether your home is old or new, being knowledgeable about termites will help you make the best decisions for the safety of your family, and the future of your home – your largest asset.
Risks and risk factors
Although it’s essential to get a professional termite inspection annually (as recommended by the Australian Standards and CSIRO), it’s also important to keep an eye out for potential risk factors in and around your home.
Some of the risk factors to be aware of are:
- Moist or rotting wood
Subterranean termites are attracted to moisture, so you should routinely check your home and garden for any signs, including old fences, stacks of firewood, and leaking taps.
- Timber garden mulch
Mulch is a popular product for landscaping, but if timber mulch is kept too close to buildings, termites may start chewing on the timber inside the home as well. To reduce this risk, look at alternative types of mulch or move it a bit further away from your house.
- Dense shrubbery
Keeping foliage and shrubs near your home trimmed helps moist areas to dry faster.
- Neighbours with risk factors
Even if you maintain your property well, termites might still try to move onto your home if there are neighbouring properties with any of these issues.
Prevention vs Repair
Staying on top of these risk factors is great, but it’s not a replacement for professional prevention strategies. That’s why it’s essential to look into annual termite inspections for your home.
By getting a termite control expert to assess your home and help you implement preventions, you can save a lot of money. In 2012, a study by the AEPMA estimated that the cost of treatment and repairs from termite damage was $10,000 per house, and it’s not covered by insurance!
Frequency of termite inspection
Although the Australian Standards and CSIRO recommend an annual termite inspection, every home is different, so some may need to be checked more frequently. For example, homes in areas surrounded by trees, particularly Eucalypts, may be at more risk and need more frequent inspections.
However, an annual inspection doesn’t just check for the presence of termites!
By having an annual inspection of your home, your professional termite controller can also assess your property for potential risk factors and make sure that your prevention methods are still working as intended.
Allstate are highly experienced in termite inspections and will make sure that your home and garden are inspected from top to bottom. Use our instant chat to book a termite inspection now.
What if termites are found?
If your termite controller suggests a termite treatment, there are a range of options available.
Termite treatment doesn’t have to be scary. At Allstate, we know that every situation is different. That’s why we’re committed to finding the best solution for you, and you can be sure that you’re getting the best result for your home.
Allstate pest controllers always use termite treatments with your safety in mind. Our Premise and Sentricon systems are the safest and most effective termite treatments around. And if you choose Allstate for your termite treatment, you will also receive our industry-leading guarantees.
Sentricon uses no in-ground chemicals and is environmentally sensitive. Premise termite control has a minimal environmental impact and is safe for humans, pets, and wildlife. So with either of these options, you can be assured that your home’s safety won’t put others at risk.
Termites in new homes in Adelaide
When buying or living in an older home, you may have thought about termites. But did you know that new homes are also susceptible to termite infestations?
Once termites start feeding inside newly constructed homes, they can cause serious damage within just three months. That’s why it’s important to keep your home protected with up-to-date technology like Kordon, a barrier installed around the house during construction.
You know you need an inspection to keep your home safe, but what can you expect from a termite inspection?
When hiring a professional termite control company like Allstate to inspect your Adelaide home, a highly-trained, knowledgeable expert will use a range of up-to-date tools and techniques to detect termites and their damage.
Some of the tools and techniques that Allstate inspectors use are:
- Sounding tools to test wood integrity
- Moisture reading tools to find any areas particularly attractive to termites
- Movement detectors to locate termites moving behind walls and other areas
- Borescopes to take photos of termites hiding in timber
- Visual inspections for signs of ingress points and mud tubes
During an inspection, we check:
- Interiors – each room is checked from floor to ceiling including doorframes, skirting boards, and cupboards
- Roof void – if the roof void can be accessed, they will check all timber with a sounding tool
- Subfloor – in homes with a subfloor, this is where termites will usually begin their attack
- Exterior – the full perimeter of the house
- Outbuildings – interior and exterior of every outbuilding on your property
- Grounds – entire grounds, particularly landscaping timbers, garden beds, trees, stumps, and fence line
The report includes:
- Details of what was inspected
- Notes of any areas that could not be inspected and why
- Photos and explanations of findings
- List of findings that increase risk (e.g. leaking taps)
- Recommendations for a further invasive inspection or treatment if required
- Recommendations for frequency of inspections
It can be tempting to DIY your termite control. But the risks of taking termite control into your own hands are huge. You might think your treatment is working, only to find out months later that they’ve still created a considerable amount of damage, like this Gold Coast homeowner who ended up with $25,000 in repairs.
To avoid this happening, you should contact a local, professional termite controller, like Adelaide’s Allstate Pest Control. They can then help you find the best termite treatment and prevention options for you after your termite inspection.
Because every situation is different, a personalised approach to termite protection and treatment is essential.
Allstate offers a range of termite prevention and treatment measures. The two main options are Sentricon AlwaysActive and Premise. But no matter which option you choose, Allstate termite control is always backed by a comprehensive re-treatment and/or timber replacement warranty.
We also believe that termite control should be accessible to all. That’s why Allstate provides interest-free payment plans to give everybody the opportunity for professional termite protection and treatment.
Sentricon Always Active
Sentricon AlwaysActive is an excellent option for termite control in Adelaide homes that is environmentally sensitive and secure from pets and children.
Sentricon AlwaysActive is highly effective and a long-term solution for termite control. This system eliminates termites without using in-ground chemicals. It offers continuous protection by tapping into the natural behaviour and biology of termites to eliminate termites before they’re discovered.
Your termite controller will place Sentricon stations strategically around your home. Termites feed on the Sentricon In-Ground Termiticide Roots, which contains a growth regulator that interrupts the termite moulting process. When the termites tunnel back to their colony, the worker termites will die. Eventually, the entire colony will be eliminated, and any new termites will be prevented.
Premise is a non-repellent termiticide well-suited to construction methods and particular environmental conditions in South Australia.
When Premise is used for termite control, termites will pass through the Premise treated zone. They then stop feeding, become disorientated, cease grooming, and begin to neglect their environment. Once this happens, natural occurring fungi and microorganisms in the soil start to affect the termites, causing them fatal diseases and the colony’s eventual destruction.
Although Premise is lethal to termites, it’s safe to humans, pets, and other wildlife, making it an excellent environmentally-conscious option for termite control.
New home termite protection
At Allstate, we know that getting ahead of a termite problem by protecting your new home is a very smart idea. That’s why we have a dedicated pre-construction division.
As a South Australian business that’s been protecting homes since 1986, we have decades of experience in termite behaviour and control specific to Adelaide homes. Our pre-construction team, headed by Aaron Thompson (a licensed builder and pest controller), is always at the fore-front of termite control in construction.
When using Allstate for your new home protection, you can be protected with a range of premium products and application methods that are designed for the South Australian environment.
There are various ways our pre-construction team helps builders and homeowners protect new buildings, including Kordon Termite Barriers and other building services.
Kordon Termite Barrier
Kordon Termite Barrier is a repellent termite barrier made in Adelaide, making it the perfect solution for Adelaide construction methods and climate. This protection is backed by Bayer, one of the world’s largest environmental science companies, and is extensively tested by the CSIRO.
Kordon is a polyester webbing containing deltamethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid, which is laminated between two UV stable low-density polyethylene plastic sheets. This is then installed around the building in areas where termites are likely to find access.
The deltamethrin in Kordon is highly repellent to termites. They will avoid close contact with it and try and find food elsewhere. If the termites try to go around the Kordon, they will build mud tubes. These tubes are detectable by trained inspectors and can be quickly eliminated following your annual inspection.
Alongside Kordon, Allstate recommends several building services to help ensure that your new home is safe from termites. These include:
- Side slab moisture protection to prevent moisture build-up in side slabs and deter termite activity
- Moisture barriers to prevent termites from becoming attracted to the property
- Concrete curing to prevent cracks from forming and allowing termites to enter
- Concrete repairs to remove any termite entry-points already there
Why Choose Allstate?
If you aren’t sure where to start, contact an Adelaide termite control company to discuss the best options for you, and set up an inspection for your home. If you think you might have termites, contact us using our website for 24/7 fast response and professional advice.
As a South Australian family-owned and operated business, Allstate care about the safety of people, homes and businesses across greater Adelaide. Our main aim is to protect homes and families through up-to-date pest control options, including termite control that’s safe for people, pets, and wildlife.
We know how important keeping a termite-free home is, so we are proud to offer 24/7 fast responses via our website, a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee, and affordable interest-free payment plans.
By using Allstate for your termite control needs, you can ensure you and your family will be able to enjoy your home for years to come.
Call Allstate today 8371 1227.