Welcome To Pro Termites
Protect Your Home and Business from Termites
Pro Termites is your first line of defence against termites. Nothing is more important to us than protecting your home, business or property from the expensive damage they cause.
We use the most advanced technologies and techniques to detect infestations and completely remove them.
We’ll also make sure the bugs don’t come back.
Whether you’re selling your home, buying a new one or conducting routine maintenance we are dedicated to meeting all your termite control needs with a full range of services that includes termite inspections, termite monitoring and the installation of chemical and physical barriers.
Our team of qualified, experienced and knowledgeable professionals will create a customised treatment plan to protect your property, save you money and eliminate your termite problem.
Termites are small, pale soft-bodied social insects known as silent destroyers because of their ability to chew through wood and cellulose-related materials.
In nature that’s a good thing because they break down trees and plants into stuff that other creatures can eat, but inside and under our homes, they are destructive pests that cause significant property damage.
Termites wreak millions of dollars’ worth of catastrophic damage to Australian buildings every year. According to the Australian Pest Control Association infestations cause more destruction to homes than storms, floods and fire combined.
If you’ve ever experienced a termite infestation you know just how devastating it can be and the hefty price tag that comes with it.
Termites eat wood for the cellulose and nutrients they need to survive. And they can eat a lot of it in a short space of time.
As they do so, they create tunnels through the materials to support their growing colonies.
These destructive and unwelcome pests don’t just cause cosmetic damage, they eat into structures and fittings such as floor joists, ceiling joists, support beams, posts and wall studs.
But it’s not only wood they feast on. Termites can also munch on insulation material as well as bore through plasterboard and drywall.
If a termite infestation takes hold, it can render a property unliveable.
Getting rid of the insects is vital for the safety of your home or commercial premises.
Termite infestations often go unnoticed until considerable and costly damage has already occurred.
If you discover the insects in your home or if you suspect an infestation it is imperative that you enlist the services of pest control experts such as the professionals at Pro Termites.
We’ll identify the problem and the extent of the damage as well as rid your home of the wood-destroying pests.
Typically, a termite inspection involves:
- A thorough visual inspection of the interior and exterior of a property to identify damage and termite activity or the level of risk of infestation.
- Thermal imaging to detect the presence of termites.
- Moisture meters to detect moisture levels and possible leaks which may indicate the presence of termites.
- Recommendations of treatments to eradicate the insects.
- Advice on maintaining a termite-free property.
Often, termite damage is hidden away from sight, but experienced pest control experts know where to look and will check such areas as roof cavities, sub-floor spaces, door frames, wall surfaces, floors, ceilings, window sills, window frames and fences.
After the termite inspection has been performed, we’ll compile the findings into a report and email them to you within 24 hours.
Due to the destructive nature of infestations, we recommend a termite inspection should be performed at least once a year. This ensures that damage can be found before it gets out of control.
Physical and Chemical Termite Treatments
Fortunately for us and unfortunately for the termites, we have an array of powerful and effective solutions to drive them away, destroy colonies and prevent future infestations.
Two sure-fire ways of keeping termites away from properties are physical and chemical termite barriers.
Physical Termite Barriers
Physical barriers are often used in the construction of new properties but can also be used in existing buildings.
They are integrated into structural elements to create permanent and continuous barriers, and although they don’t stop termites from entering a home they do put an end to them entering unseen.
Physical barriers are impenetrable to termites forcing them to build their tubes outside of structures which makes them highly visible at an early stage.
Consequently, they are easily spotted during inspections. Among the different types of physical termite barriers that can be used to protect properties are foams and sealants, granite aggregate, strip shielding and stainless steel mesh.
Chemical Termite Barriers
A chemical termite barrier is a long-lasting termiticide liquid that is applied around and under a property to prevent termites from entering.
There are various types of chemical barriers, for example, some are designed to repel the insects while others destroy them.
They contain a slow-acting formula that is safe for humans but can be deadly for termites. A single affected termite can spread the poison to other termites in its colony.
Termite Treatment Products
Termites are incredibly persistent and even the most effective treatments on the market will not provide you with a permanent solution.
It is an ongoing battle with no one-size-fits-all approach. That being said there are very effective treatments and barriers available to stop termites in their tracks and minimise the chances the future infestations. Among the leading products we use are:
- Termidor – a powerful liquid termiticide that is applied to the soil around existing structures.
- Bayer Premise – a non-repellent termiticide applied to the soil area around the perimeter of a building or other wood structures.
- Termimesh – a stainless steel physical termite mesh barrier system that termites cannot penetrate. The gaps in the mesh are too small for the insects to crawl through and the metal is too hard for them to chew.
- Term-Seal – non-toxic physical barriers or barriers with the addition of a low dose chemical alternative containing 0.1% Bifenthrin which repels and kills termites.
- Sentricon – a subterranean termite monitoring and baiting station developed by Dow AgroSciences in the United States.
- Exterra Termite Baiting System – a termite baiting system similar to Sentricon. Inside the bating stations is a product called Requiem which contains an insecticide. Termites feed on it and take it back to their colony, which in turns kills the entire nest in two to three months.
Termite Reticulation Systems
A termite reticulation system is a network of narrow pipes or tubes that are filled with insecticide and installed underground around the external perimeter of a property.
Typically, the chemical levels in the reticulation system are topped up every three to five years to provide a continuous chemical barrier that keeps termites out.
Reticulation systems are particularly useful for people who live in high-risk termite areas or who are building a new home.
One way of preventing termites from eating you out of home is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place.
At Pro Termites, we can install termite monitoring systems that sound the alarm when termites are on the move or in the vicinity.
Non-intrusive monitoring systems/bait stations are placed at intervals around the perimeter of a property near areas where the insects like to forage.
One of our pest control experts will routinely monitor these stations and if insects are detected, bait is added to the system.
This is a food source that termites like to eat except it is mixed with a slow-acting termiticide.
The reason it is effective is termites will take the food back to their colony and share it with their nest mates.
Gradually the entire colony can become infected and over time, will collapse.
Termite Treatment Costs: Cheap Quick Fix Versus Proper Treatments
Termite treatment costs (including a termite inspection, termite baiting and physical and/or chemical barriers) can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 depending on several factors such as the nature of the termites in your locale and the size and construction of your property.
The costs may seem high to some, but if you lack adequate protection and the insects eat their way through your home, the repair bill costs will be even higher.
Remember that in Australia home insurance generally doesn’t cover damage caused by insects.
There may be a temptation to try and cut corners by attempting a cheap fix such as just treating one area where termites have been active or are suspected.
This may well save you money in the short term, but you are leaving your most expensive asset unprotected and vulnerable to attack.
A cheap fix is not worth the major cost of repairs down the road or the heartache.