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Termites (commonly known as white ants) are one of the most destructive pests in Australia. They cause millions of dollars of damage to homes and structures throughout Melbourne and Victoria every year, which is why termite protection is so important. Early detection through termite inspection and preventative (or post-detection) termite treatments are the key to keeping one step ahead of these destructive pests.

According to CSIRO, 1 in 3 homes will be affected by termites within the economic life of the structure. Termites are found in Melbourne and throughout all of Victoria, and all too often the presence of these home invaders goes undetected until damage is discovered by chance. This damage is not covered by most insurance companies, therefore it’s best to ensure all preventative termite protection methods have been established. Regular termite inspections, prevention methods and termite treatments are essential for protecting your property from these pests.

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Do you think you have Termites?

If you think you have termites or you have found a suspect skirting board or door frame it is very important not to disturb or break open the damaged timber or workings as the termites will shut down the disturbed area and possibly begin damaging elsewhere in your home.

The first thing to do is call the professionals in pest control Melbourne now on 03 9222 2266 and speak with one of our customer service team members about termite control in Melbourne.

We will guide you through what to do next, including booking you an appointment for one of Dawson’s premium tailored termite treatments or termite inspection services.

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How do you tell if you have termites?

Termites eat timber, hollowing it out from the inside, which can cause the timber to appear like it is bubbling or wrinkled. Sometimes the termites eat through and will patch the hole up with mud.

Inside a home most people find termites in flooring, skirting boards and doorframes.

If your flooring feels soft under foot or your vacuum cleaner goes through the skirting board, the first thing to do is to call Dawson’s to arrange for one of our accredited professional termite inspectors to carry out a termite inspection. We provide in-depth termite inspections Melbourne locals have been relying on for over 60 years to protect their properties.

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Do you have termites in or around your home?
These are signs you might need a termite treatment.

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Damaged Timber

A hollowed-out piece of timber that has been damaged by termites usually sounds hollow.

A comprehensive termite inspection by Melbourne’s pest control specialists will help you to pick up on any potential timber damage you may not have noticed.

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Alates

Usually from mid-October till early March, established nests disperse young reproductive, winged termites out to start new colonies. On a warm and humid evening, hundreds of them will leave the nest at once, so their numbers look like swarms of flying ants. If you spot alates around your home this is a clear sign to look into termite protection, as this could be a sign of a termite infestation and your home needing termite treatment.

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Termite Leads

Termites are fragile insects. They don’t have many defences against predators and require a moist and humid environment to survive.

To get around safely when they are not underground or inside a piece of timber, they build leads, small tunnels made of mud and cellulose. The tubes look like little brown straws. These are one of the things we check for during our comprehensive termite inspections.

Call us today on (03) 9222 2266 or Request a Call Back and speak to our team about termite control in Melbourne to answer any questions and guide you through what to do next.

Termite Protection: Prevention Tips

In addition to proven termite protection measures, there are simple steps you can take as a homeowner to discourage and even prevent termites in your home! Follow these termite prevention tips.

  1. We recommend removing all loose timbers stored in contact with the ground in the subfloor and around the exterior of the home as they are conducive to termite activity.
  2. We recommend removing and/or replacing landscaping timbers and timber retaining walls with a non-susceptible material, as it is conducive to termite attack.
  3. We recommend keeping garden beds below the weep holes and/or vents in the external walls as it allows concealed termite entry.
  4. We recommend you ensure that your vents are clear to allow cross-flow ventilation under the home as poor ventilation creates conducive conditions for termite attack.
  5. Timbers in ground contact can provide concealed access for termite activity, we recommend for the timber to either be removed or for the timbers to be raised on metal stirrups.
  6. Termites are attracted to moisture, so fix any leaking water pipes, drains, showers, and sinks as soon as possible.
  7. If you have a water tank, we recommend for the water tank overflow be plumbed to stormwater as excessive moisture promotes termite attack.
  8. Most hot water services have a relief valve and normally this drains against the home, we recommend for the hot water service overflow to be plumbed to a drain or away from the home as excessive moisture promotes termite attack
  9. Regular termite inspections by an experienced and accredited termite inspector are recommended. An inspection of the property should be carried out every 6-12 months. Regular inspections don’t stop termite attacks but they limit the amount of damage caused before being detected.
  10. Ask Dawson’s about other preventative measures and termite protection for your home!

Dawson’s Termite Inspection Service

It’s your home… Why risk it?

At Dawson’s Australia, we offer a full detailed visual termite inspection that meets Australian standards using the latest tools and equipment, including a moisture metre and a microwave detection unit called a Termatrac. All inspections come with a comprehensive report including information related to areas conducive to termite attack and how best to correct the problems as well as details about all timber damage found.

Areas inspected where accessible:

  • Roof Void
  • Subfloor Areas unless the building is on a concrete slab
  • Internal Timbers: Skirting boards, Door and Window Frames
  • External Timbers: up to 50 metres or to boundaries of the property. Fences, Garden Landscape Timbers, Retaining walls
  • Suspect Trees & Stumps

Termite inspections Melbourne and Victoria have trusted for over six decades

With over 60 years of experience, Dawson’s Australia are experts in termite control in Melbourne and have eliminated termites from tens of thousands of homes throughout Victoria. We understand that your home is your biggest investment. Our accredited Termite Inspectors usually take between 2 and 4 hours to carry out a full inspection. We then have a full understanding and can explain to you the full extent of the infestation and then we customise the most effective termite treatment to suit your home and your budget. Protect your biggest investment with termite protection from Dawson’s Pest Control.

Call the termite protectors Geelong, Mornington, Melbourne and the whole of Victoria have been turning to for decades for termite protection.

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Termites FAQs

Termites resemble small, pale insects with straight antennae. Usually from mid-October till early March, established nests disperse young reproductive, winged termites out to start new colonies. Hundreds of them will leave the nest at once, so they look like swarms of flying ants.
If you think you have termites, or you have found a suspect skirting board or door frame it is very important not to disturb or break open the damaged timber or workings as the termites will shut down the disturbed area and possibly begin damaging elsewhere in your home. Professional termite treatment involves pesticides and barrier methods, call the professionals in pest control Melbourne about termite inspections and treatments.
Some termites, known as alates, have wings and can fly.
Termites can vary in size depending on the species, but they typically range from 0.3 to 1.5 cm in length.
Effective termite control involves professional extermination methods.
Termites feed on wood, cellulose, and other plant materials. Termites eat timber by hollowing it out from the inside, which can cause the timber to appear like it is bubbling or wrinkled. Sometimes the termites eat through and patch the hole up with mud. Inside a home, most people find termites in flooring, skirting boards, and doorframes. Call the professionals at Dawson’s Pest Control Melbourne to speak to our team about termite control in Melbourne.
Termites in Australia can be light-coloured or dark brown, depending on the species.
Yes, termites can eat hardwood.

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