We take our responsibility seriously!
Our approach takes the view that any property may be affected by Timber Pests, therefore we conduct every inspection with the mindset that Timber Pests are present.
The inspection is performed in accordance with Australian Standards AS4349.3-2010 and to industry Code of Best Practice.
Our technicians are fully insured, qualified, extensively experienced and licensed to perform such inspections.
- Certificate III TAFE qualified in termite inspections and termite management systems.
- Termatrac certified using advanced radar detection technology devices.
- Accredited licensee of the Exterra Termite Interception and Baiting System.
This means we have the backing of world leading organisation and provider of effective ‘non-toxic’ termite management & baiting systems.
Our reports are comprehensive, site specific and custom designed for the situation being inspected. They are not a check box ‘tick and flick’ report.
Our fees are reflective of the work we do. We strongly believe that providing a fixed fee quotation limits the scope of inspections and increases the risk of not conducting a proper inspection in-line with Australian Standards.
The time required to carry out a TPI and report is difficult to predict and will vary from property to property depending on the construction, size, access and condition. Therefor flexibility in time spent on the inspection is paramount as it enables the inspector to carry out the works with Your expectations and interests in mind.
Baiting live termites is the only guaranteed method of eliminating a colony!
We only use non-hazard control agents which contain less than ¼ of a gram of an active ingredient that is less toxic than table salt.
Requiem is our preferred choice of termite bait, scientifically proven to be the most palatable, attractive bait to termites in the world and is non-toxic to humans.
Bait is administered to termites at strategic feeding points found around your home or property.
In order for termites to grow and multiply they MUST shed between 4-7 times per year. The bait is an insect growth regulator, its mode of action is to prohibit termites from shedding, hence termites cannot grow and resulting in entire colony elimination.
It is extremely important to be able to identify the type of species of termite being treated, as this impacts on the time it will take to effectively eliminate a termite colony, the aggressiveness appetite of the termites and how many ‘potential’ nests we are dealing with.
Our technicians are trained and experienced in termite biology & ecology ensuring that treatments are targeted and effective.
Why would you risk your home to a termite attack?
The vast majority of properties are not safe from termites! Termites are the cause of the greatest economic losses of timber in service in Australia. Independent data compiled by State Forestry shows 1 in every 5 homes is attacked by termites at some stage in its life. Australia’s subterranean termite species are the most destructive in the world. In fact, a termite colony can take as little as 3 to 6 months to severely damage the timber in a home.
The most destructive species live in large underground nests, generally located beneath the crown of a tree, containing several million termites. The problem arises when a nest is near your home and the timber in your home provides a food source for the termites.
The gallery system of a single colony may exploit food sources over as much as one hectare, with individual galleries extending up to 100 meters to enter your home.
Once termites enter your home, they consume the cellulose from the timber, tunneling through, often leaving only a thin veneer on the outside - creating potential structural damage.
Virtually any type of insecticide chemical will eliminate a termite and any insecticide chemical will eliminate a termite nest if found and if applied directly and successfully directly into a nest.
However, it is unlikely that a termite nest will be found, as they are located beneath the ground and generally beneath the crown of a tree.
Whilst liquid chemical and or dusting treatments are an option, it is our opinion that such usage should be discouraged due to potential human health and environmental hazard of termiticides during and following treatment.
Additionally, we are not aware of any peer reviewed scientifically published evidence that the liquid termiticides can indirectly eliminate a termite colony nest.
Civil Pest Management is an accredited licensee of the Exterra Termite Interception and Baiting System.
This means we have the backing of one of the world’s leading organisations and provider of most effective ‘non-toxic’ termite management systems.
The system consists of specially designed stations strategically placed around your home that act as an early warning device. Stations are regularly checked by our technicians and if termites have entered the station, bait is administered inside the station. Inspection intervals are increased, applying termite bait until such time the colony has been eliminated.
Termite monitoring stations are just one part of our overall ecologically based, Integrated Termite Management program, which provides a variety of risk mitigation strategies.
Any building structure can be attacked by termites. Regular maintenance should include measures to minimise conducive conditions that may attract termites to your home.
Factors which may lead to termite attack include:
- Poor sub-floor ventilation.
- Concrete slab edges covered by soil.
- Garden debris against building.
- Soil filled areas.
- Concealed or non-accessible areas.
- Form-work timbers not removed.
- Damp areas.
- Leaking pipes.
- Tree stumps & mulch.
- Wood rot.
- Gardens, pathways or turf abutting walls
- Weep holes being obstructed.
- Any timber in contact with soil such as form-work, scrap timbers or stumps.
You should endeavour to ensure such conditions DO NOT occur around your property.
Homes constructed on concrete slabs pose special problems with respect to termite attack and have the highest percentage of recorded termite attacks than homes built on piers.
If the edge of the slab is concealed by concrete paths, patios, pavers, garden beds, lawns, foliage, etc then it is possible for termites to affect concealed entry into the property.
With a concrete slab homes, it is imperative that you expose the edge of the slab and ensure that foliage and garden beds do not cover the slab edge.