Sydney Termite News
Winter Termite Preparation
Pruning in winter—during the dormant season—invigorates many trees and shrubs because it leaves the plants with extra root and energy reserves that will support new growth on the remaining branches. It is also the ideal time to prune shrubs away from external walls for easy inspection during the summer months. This also keeps weep holes and vents free from clutter which allow termites concealed access. It is a good idea while pruning to be on the lookout for any suspicious mudding or mud leads on trees or walls that may indicate the presence of active termites. Clearing the garden during the winter months may also uncover any termite mounds that may have been lain hidden by foliage. If you do find anything suspicious give us a call so we can make sure that your home is safe from termite attack. Treating active termites, in many cases, is inexpensive and non-invasive.
Tip: If you do find active termites or anything that may indicate termites then remember the 'golden rule', do not disturb them and NEVER spray them with insect spray.
Cost Effective Termite Protection
Barrier treatments are relatively cheap if you take into consideration their active life which is usually between 10 and 20 years depending upon the chemical used. Applying a barrier product such as Termidor can be very effective in the long term protection of your property. Termidor does not kill the termites immediately, which is a good thing, because the delay allows those termites that have received a lethal dose of the active ingredient fipronil, to transfer the poison to other termites they come in contact with until ultimately the whole colony dies. Barrier treatments protect your home 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Tip: No treatment can guarantee 100% protection from termite attack. The minimum yearly 'Visual Inspections' are an essential part of your long term termite protection plan.
Termite Thermal Imaging Cameras
Civic Pest Management offers the most advanced termite inspections. While moisture meters, borescopes and thermal imaging cameras are not a 'cure all' they can, and do, help in the detection of termite activity and just as importantly they can help detect conducive conditions within your home. For years, the pest control industry relied on a standard practice of a flashlight and a screwdriver to detect termite activity, sometimes causing them to overlook activity that could become very costly to the homeowner. The new techniology that we regularly invest in takes it all a step further. Infrared (IR) cameras provide an overview of the structure inspected. The IR camera can quickly detect temperature differences (thermal signatures) that may indicate the presence of hidden moisture, termite activity, insulation problems and other anomalies.
Tip: A thorough termite inspection should take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours depending upon the property. We constantly hear abour some inspection companies taking less than an hour to complete an inspection so they can fit in more work. Out technicians will carry out a maximum of three inspections per day to allow extra time on each property if needed.