Termite Control - Sunshine Coast
The unfortunate reality is, if you live in South-East Queensland, you’re living alongside some of the most destructive types of termites in Australia. Humid ocean air and a coastal location make the Sunshine Coast an ideal place for structural pests that prefer water-damaged wood. Termites are the cause of the greatest economic losses of timber in service in Australia. Independent data compiled by State Forests shows 1 in every 3 homes are attacked by termites at some stage in its life, and even more terrifying – it can take as little as three months for a termite colony to severely damage almost all the timber in a home!
Our trained and experienced technicians are here to conduct your annual inspections, give advice and education, and install termite protection at your property. Our capable and friendly team has over 30 years of combined experience installing termite protection at homes, businesses, industrial sheds, apartment complexes, retirement villages and schools.
We recommend annual termite inspections, unless you are in a high hazard area in which case, we recommend more frequent inspections. With our termite inspection service, you receive a comprehensive written report that includes conclusions, recommendations and photos of any questionable areas.
At The Cocky Man Pest Control & Carpet Cleaning, there are four forms of treatment and protection that we offer.
Spot Treatment: If you find live termites, you should not disturb them! We are here to come out and spot treat any live termites found and provide expert advice on what to do next.
Termite Barriers: A chemical barrier is placed around your home or property by trenching the soil and drilling paved or concreted areas before injecting the chemical. This creates a chemical barrier around your house. The products used are residual and non-repellent. It is recommended that this kind of barrier is updated every 5-8 years.
Reticulation Systems: This is a system of interconnecting pipes that are laid around the property and then injected with chemical. These pipes disperse termicide through the soil to create a barrier. This maybe a repellent barrier or a non-repellent barrier. It is recommended that reticulation systems are re-injected every 5 years.
Baiting Systems: These systems can be stand alone or used in conjunction with a chemical treatment and are fast becoming a popular option in Australia. It involves the placement of stations around your property. Your pest management professional will then identify the required inspections period, which may vary from one to six monthly intervals, depending on the level of activity, sites risks and the type of system to be installed (monitoring vs. active). Find out more about the baiting systems we use here.
Any warranty will only remain valid if annual termite inspections, at the owner’s cost, are carried out by The Cocky Man Pest Control at least every 12 months.
The Cocky Man says:
• Have your licensed Pest Control Operator conduct thorough inspections of your home and surrounds at least every 12 months, and more frequently in high-risk environments.
• Keep all sub-floor areas clean, dry and well ventilated where possible.
• Fix up leaking plumbing e.g.: Downpipes, gutters and taps, and ensure that there is good drainage around the house.
• Do not build up soil, mulch or garden beds against the house and ensure weep holes remain uncovered. There should be a 75mm gap between weep holes and any garden beds or soil.
• Do not store timber or wood-based materials under or against the house.
We use Termidor for Termite Control
Termites are social insects, and feed and groom each other in large, close-knit colonies. This provides an ideal environment for Termidor and its unique “Transfer EffectTM”.
The Transfer Effect is the process whereby Termidor is passed between termites to control entire populations.
Termidor begins working immediately to eliminate existing termite infestations and provide effective long-term protection against future termite activity, all with one treatment. Termidor is nonrepellent, and hence termites are not aware that that the product is present in the soil. Through normal foraging activity, they will pick up a lethal dose through ingestion or physical contact. This lethal dose will then be transferred away from the first point of contact to other termites in the colony.
The Transfer Effect is a key reason why no other termiticide performs as well as Termidor. Termidor controls termite populations fast, and indeed much faster than any other termiticide and bait/monitoring systems. However, Termidor is relatively slow acting in individual termites, hence there is ample time for the product to be spread to other termites in the colony before those first termites die.
This is the beauty of Termidor’s unique Transfer Effect. To learn more about how Termidor compares to bait/monitoring systems, consult the easy-to-follow pictorial guide.
Baiting systems firstly rely on attracting termites to stations before being fed bait that contains an insect growth-regulating chemical.
If the termites then actually eat the bait, the chemical then has to rely on the individual termite going through a moulting phase before having any effect.
This moulting phase varies with time of the year and between termite species, and may take many months to occur. In the meantime, termites continue to attack your home.
If successful in eradicating the termite infestation, a protective soil treatment should then be applied to prevent further attack from the same colony or new colonies. The Australian Standard for controlling subterranean termites (AS3660.2) states that baiting systems are not a prophylactic barrier system and might not prevent future attack, and that they do not impede concealed termite access into a building or structure.
However baiting systems are often used as the only form of protection. This means that termites are expected to ignore the house full of timber, accidentally stumble and feed on small sticks of wood in plastic stations spaced out around your home. The stations themselves may be at intervals that cover as little as five percent of your home’s perimeter.
The installation of above ground stations directly over the site of actively feeding termites will take a similar amount of time before having any effect, as the same principles of finding the baits, actively feeding and then undergoing a moulting process equally apply in above ground stations. In the meantime the termites are still eating your home.
- Do have your licensed Pest Control Operator conduct thorough inspections of your home and surrounds at least every 12 months, and more frequently in high risk situations.
- Do keep all sub-floor areas clean, dry and well ventilated where possible.
- Do fix up leaking plumbing eg: Downpipes, gutters and taps, and ensure that there is good drainage around the house.
- Do not build up soil, mulch or garden beds against the house.
- Do not store timber or wood-based materials under or against the house.
Termidor delivers these Amazing advantages:
- Unique mode of action for unequalled termite control
- Fast elimination of termite activity
- Unique “Transfer Effect”
- Low dose
- No odour
- No effect on soil micro-organisms, earth worms and plants
- Long-term residual control
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