Termites (commonly known as white ants) are one of the most destructive pests in Australia. They cause millions of dollars damage to homes and structures throughout Melbourne and Victoria every year. 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, 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.
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 us now on 03 9222 2266 and speak with one of our customer service team members to guide you through what to do next.
How do you tell if you have termites
Termites eat timber, hollowing it out from the inside this 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 cleaning goes through the skirting board, the first thing to do is call us now on 03 9222 2266 and arrange one of our accredited professional termite inspectors to carry out an inspection.
Do you have termites in or around your home?
Here are some signs:
- Damaged timber: A hollowed-out piece of timber that has been damaged by termites usually sounds hollowed.
- 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 could be a sign of termite infestation.
- 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.
Termite Prevention Tips
As a homeowner, there are steps you can take to discourage and even prevent termites in your home! Follow these termite prevention tips.
- 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.
- We recommend to remove and/or replace landscaping timbers and timber retaining walls with a non-susceptible material, as it is conducive to termite attack.
- We recommend keeping garden beds below the weep holes and/or vents in the external walls as it allows concealed termite entry.
- 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.
- 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.
- Termites are attracted to moisture, so fix any leaking water pipes, drains, showers, and sinks as soon as possible.
- If you have a water tank we recommend for the water tank overflow to be plumbed to storm water as excessive moisture promotes termite attack
- 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
- Regular termite inspections by an experienced and accredited termite inspector is recommended. An inspection of the property should be carried out every 6-12 months. Regular inspections don’t stop termite attack but they limit the amount of damage caused before being detected.
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 & 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.
Area's Inspected Where Accessible:
- Roof Void.
- Subfloor Area's unless the building is on concrete slab.
- Internal Timbers: Skirting boards, Door and Window Frames.
- External Timbers: up to 50 metres or to boundaries of property. Fences, Garden Landscape Timbers, Retaining walls.
- Suspect Trees & Stumps.
With over 50 years of experience, Dawson’s Australia has 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 treatment to suit your home and your budget.
Call us today on 03 9222 2266 and speak with one of our customer service team members to answer any questions and guide you through what to do next.
Dawson’s Termite Treatment Options to existing homes and structures (Post-Construction)
At Dawson’s Australia we offer a full range of treatment methods that meet Australian standards using the latest chemistry available. Every home or structure is different and therefore requires a customised approach to ensure that termites are controlled in home or structure.
The first step in termite control once the full inspection has been carried out is to try to eliminate the colony. We recommend using Termidor dust which we introduce into the active termite workings, after the application of Termidor dust the termites carry the dust particles on their bodies and eventually back to the nest (whereever that may be).
Once the full inspection is complete and we know the full extent of the infestation, we can then customise the most effective treatment to suit your home. We will always recommend a full treatment be carried out as this will protect your home not only for the current infestation but for years to come, however we can also offer a range of spot or partial treatments depending on the situation to suit your budget.
Having a full termite treatment carried out is the only way you can be sure that your home is protected now and into the future. Having your home treated usually takes less than a day depending on the home size. Our licensed and accredited pest control technicians will dig trenches around foundations of your home. Around the foundations and stumps/piers under your home (unless it is on a concrete slab). We then apply the treatment and the soil is back filled and treated.
Holes are drilled through concrete slabs and paths to treat the ground beneath. Pavers will be lifted where possible and the soil treated and the pavers re-laid.
We will follow up with a further inspection normally 6 weeks after the full treatment to ensure that the treatment has gone to plan and then give you the go-ahead to replace any damaged timber.
We then recommend a full inspection is carried out every 12 months at a minimum to ensure that the treated zone has not been disturbed. Tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians and even telephone technicians installing underground lines can disturb the treated zone, tree roots growing up to your foundations or new garden beds against the house can also provide access through the treated zone.
Dawson’s Termite Treatment Options to new homes and extensions (Pre-Construction)
Termite protection to new buildings and extensions are installed during the building stage. Most council’s throughout Victoria will require Termite protection to be carried out as per the Australian Standard 3660.1.
This standard is carried out in two stages. Part A & B or stage 1 & 2.
Part A or Stage 1 is the areas under the building and Part B or Stage 2 is around the external building.
It will depend on the type of construction when the termite barrier is installed into the build.
The more traditional option is a chemical treated barrier which is applied in a liquid form to areas under the building and to the external foundations of the home.
The most cost effective way is to install a proactive physical termite barrier HomeGuard into the building; this is installed to the foundations of new buildings or extensions to provide a continuous barrier, which prevents concealed entry of termites into the building. The reason this product has been so successfully adopted into the market is that it is built into the structure for life. HomeGuard is proven to be in place for the economic life of the structure (50 years).
- HomeGuard is installed during construction and sealed permanently to the foundations of the building, eg: under/in slab and in the perimeter wall cavity.
With all of our pre-construction treatments we can issue certificates for you to be able to receive your certificate of occupancy.
Pre-Construction Termite barriers are a cost effective way to ensure that your new home or extension is protected for years to come.
Why Choose Dawson’s Australia
We strongly believe that we are the superior choice out of a field of many pest control companies. With a celebrated service history spanning over half a century. You can have the peace of mind in knowing that your pest control company is:
- Most Advanced, Full Service Pest Control Provider
- Family Owned and Operated through 3 Generations, maintaining strong, personalised customer service
- All technicians are licensed, and accredited
- Quality, Comprehensive Termite Inspections and treatments
- Inspections and Treatments to Australian Standards
- We Use the Latest Technology
- Safe for Family and Pets