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WARNING No 1: Talk to one of our accredited termite experts before any quote is accepted... don't take chances get a no obligation second opinion...

WARNING No 2: If you have just found termites DO NOT touch them, spray them or move them.  Leave everything as it is.  It makes it far easier for us to track them down and eliminate them correctly if we can see them...

What to Do:

  • If you are sure you have termites just get one of our termite experts to come and have a look, they will let you know on the spot what your options are and provide a no-obligation quote. 
  • If you are not sure if you have termites you really need to get a Termite Detection Report that will tell you what you have, where they are and what your options are. The report costs $280 (or $100 if combined with a general pest treatment).  It is recommended in the Australian Standards to get one of these reports every year for your property.

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Prices

    Termite Inspection & Report, Termite Treatments

    Termite Inspection & Report AS 3660 2 hours $280.00
    FREE Termite Treatment Quotes 30 mins Free

     

    Pre Purchase Inspection & Report

    Pre-purchase report in accordance with AS 4349.3 2 hours $280.00

     

    Termite Inspection + General Pest Treatment

    Termite Inspection + Unit Pest Treatment   90 mins $255.00
    Termite Inspection + House Pest Treatment (up to 3 bdr)   120 mins $295.00
    Termite Inspection + House Pest Treatment (4 bdr plus)   150 mins $335.00

     

    Termite Treatments - Call for Free Quotes... however treatment costs can range between $1,500 - $2,500+ for installation and 12 months of monitoring and inspections.

Add a Termite Inspection to a General Pest Spray for $100

If you have not had a termite inspection for over a year why not take advantage of combining your treatment with a Timber Pest Inspection for $100.00

Common termite questions

Worried about termites? Here are some answers to common questions.

     

LEARN ABOUT TERMITES

Identifying Termite Species

Termite larvae picture
Coptotermes 
Coptotermes acinaciformis is found throughout mainland Australia and causes more damage to property than any other species. It is aggressive in its search for food and will attack many items other than wood in its search for cellulose materials. It will damage wall lining boards, electrical wiring and even personal possessions. Colonies often nest in trees or stumps but can form nests without ground contact.
 
Termite species image
Nasutitermes 
Soldier termites of these species are distinguished by their pointed heads. Nasutitermes exitiosus usually builds a low mound and is more common across Southern Australia. Nasutitermes walkeri builds part of its colony as a nest on the branch of a tree; the rest is constructed in the ground beneath it. This genus will mainly attack hardwood such as that found in fences and timber decking.
 
Mastotermes species image
Mastotermes 
Mastotermes darwiniensis, the Giant Northern Termite, is the most primitive of the commercially significant species.  It shows an ability for sub-colonies to split from the main colony and produce queens, without a mating flight.  Eventually a network of interconnecting sub-colonies is established, which makes control difficult.  These large termites can devastate buildings, bridges, poles, trees and crops such as sugarcane.   Mastotermes is found mainly north of the Tropic of Capricorn.
 
Schedorhinotermes species
Schedorhinotermes 
Schedorhinotermes can cause damage approaching the severity caused by Coptotermes.   They build fragile nests in places such as old tree trumps, in timber buried in the ground, in filled patios and under fireplaces.  The damage they cause is distinctive.   Although it can be severe it is often patchy, with huge gouges taken out of sound timber, particularly around nails in floor boards or other timbers.  Schedorhinotermes colonies contain major and minor soldiers.
 
Heterotermes species
Heterotermes 
Heterotermes spp. Are a significant structural pest through Queensland, northern WA and the NT.  It is only in southern Australia where they are a minor nuisance. They are generally considered to do little damage to timber in service, restricting their attention to weathered timber fences, decking and posts. Occasionally they can cause superficial damage to sound timber.

Subterranean

Subterranean termites live in colonies in the soil. They require moisture from the soil to survive, and can tunnel hundreds of meters to reach feeding sites. To reach food above ground, they build mud tubes to protect them from exposure to light, air and enemies.

Drywood

Found coast to coast. Drywood termites live inside dry wood. Their colonies can be dispersed within your home and can spread, infesting more than one area.

Termite Mud Tubes

Termite detection: What are some signs of termites?

Unless there are signs of active termite infestation, you probably won’t detect termites because they forage and hang out hidden from view. The most common way of detecting termites include discarded wings. Not so obvious signs include wood that sounds hollow when tapped, cracked or bubbling paint and termite droppings that look like sawdust (frass). You may also see mud tubes that look like the image pictured above.

What do termites feed on?

They feed on cellulose-based material like wood, books, boxes, furniture and drywall coverings. Termites are constantly foraging and have been found over 50m from a colony.

Why are termites a threat to my home?

Termite colonies work 24 hours a day, and signs of termite infestations can go undiscovered until serious damage is done. Because homeowners insurance typically does not cover termite damage, termite detection and continued termite treatment are the best ways to help protect your property.

For additional help with detection, read about how to identify termite risk areas around your home.

Signs of Termites

Here are some common methods for detecting termites:

Wood Damage

The pattern in which subterranean termites feed on a piece of wood is hard to miss. These cellulose-loving insects can leave nothing behind but the wood grain. However, termite damage is usually hidden, due to the insects’ habit of eating the wood from the inside out.

Discarded Wings

Even if you miss an exterior termite swarm, it may not be difficult to see that it took place. Soon after swarmers take flight, they shed their wings, leaving small piles of wings behind in spider webs and on surfaces around the home’s foundation.

Termite Swarmers

Swarmers from mature colonies typically spread their wings and leave their colonies in the springtime in order to start new colonies. Swarms on the exterior of a home may be missed by homeowners, as they are typically brief events during the morning or afternoon — a time when many of people are not at home. Formosan termites can also swarm at dusk.

Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites build mud tubes (also known as shelter tubes) to serve as bridges between their colony and the wood they are feasting on. These tubes are made of tiny pieces of soil, wood and debris, and are used to protect the colony from predators and conserve moisture.

Termite Mounds

While termites in the Australia cause billions of dollars in damage every year, termites that construct their colonies above ground live primarily in Africa and Australia.

Termite Droppings

Because termites don’t have the luxury of indoor plumbing, drywood termites often leave behind frass or droppings. These tiny fecal mounds often mean the wood above is infested with termites.

Termites: Facts, Identification & Control

Termites and Termite Prevention

Since termites are a constant threat to your home, here are some things you can do during the year to help maintain the effectiveness of your termite treatment plan.

What Can You Do to Help Protect Your Home?

Small steps make a big difference in termite prevention and sustaining an effective termite treatment plan. Start by eliminating moisture conditions and food around your home. These simple steps make your home a less attractive target, helping deter termites.

Eliminate Moisture Problems
  • Repair leaking taps, water pipes, and a/c units
  • Divert water from foundation
  • Keep gutters and down-spouts clean
  • Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
  • Get rid of standing water on roof
  • Keep all vents clear and open
  • Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes

Remove Food Sources

  • Keep firewood, lumber, or paper away from foundation or crawl space
  • Get rid of stumps and debris near house
  • Place screens on outside vents
  • Check decks and wooden fences for damage
  • Wood on your home shouldn’t contact the soil

Termite Warning Signs & Identification
Some indications you may have a termite infestation:

  • A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
  • Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces.
  • Discarded wings from swarmers.
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