How safe is your home?
- Every Australian home is at risk of termite attack
- On average, termites live in every 3rd property
- More than 150,000 homes are damaged by termites each year
- Most termite damage is invisible
- Termite inspections and treatments have increased by over 50% in the last 7 years
Termites otherwise known as white ants, are subterranean social insects. Their colonies can number several million individuals so the damage they are capable of doing can be devastating.
Subterranean termites are commonly known as white ants. However, they are distinctly different from ants in their lifestyle and appearance.
In nature, termites have an important role in recycling rotten timber in the forest and returning nutrients to the soil. When they get into our homes they are then declared pests and the damage they can cause to a home is substantial. Termites are social insects and have a caste structure which differentiates workers from soldiers and reproductives.
The reproductives when sexually mature, are winged. In the warmer, more humid months, they swarm and can often be seen in early evening, flying out of bushland to colonise new areas, sometimes your home.
The Queen lays eggs and once the nest is established, does nothing else. The Queen of a large, mature colony can lay up to 2000 eggs per day. These eggs develop into workers, soldiers and reproductives.
The workers are the ones who do all the damage. They are wingless, blind and sterile and are responsible for foraging for food, constructing tunnels, building the nest and feeding the other members of the colony. They feed on wood and other cellulose materials, but have a preference for some timbers over others. As they feed they may hollow out timbers and often move from one area to another by constructing small tunnels made from a mud-like combination of faeces and saliva over non-susceptible materials.
They make these tunnels to protect themselves from predators and from the heat, light and lack of humidity in the outside environment. The soldiers are responsible for the protection of the nest and in some species have a pair of mandibles on their head to attack predators.
Termites can travel long distances to find food. The nest may be fifty metres away from where the workers are foraging. They can work their way into a house from under the floor, up the wall cavity, alongside plumbing penetrations or through construction joints in the concrete.
The first stage of any pest management program is inspection. This should be carried out by an experienced technician. The inspection will determine the extent of the infestation, if present, identification of the termite species, where the termites are entering the building and also what steps need to be carried out to eradicate any termites present and protect the building from further attack.
Eradication of any existing termite infestation is important to stop the damage spreading. This is usually done by applying an insecticidal dust to the active workings. The termites then take this back to their nest and as they groom themselves, pass it through the nest. Once this is done, the nest will quickly die off.
If the nest can be located by the technician it may be physically destroyed by breaking it up or an insecticide can be applied to the nest, killing it directly.
Once the nest is eradicated, any termites remaining in infested timbers should die out quickly. However, the home is not protected against re-infestation especially if other nests are located nearby.
The best protection your home can have is a barrier system to impede and discourage the concealed entry of termites into your home. This should be carried out in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3660 - 1993 for existing buildings and AS 3660.1 - 1995 for buildings under construction.
Chemical barrier systems should be installed by a licensed pest control operator using termiticides approved by the National Registration Authority. Physical barrier systems should be installed by an accredited installer.
With new homes built on concrete slabs, the slab may form part of a termite barrier system if it is constructed to AS 2870.1. However, the termites can still come around the outside edge of the slab. AS 3660.1 specifies the requirements for perimeter protection. The Standard also stresses the necessity for regular, competent inspection of termite barrier systems.
As a home owner or builder, there are many things that you can do to reduce the risk of termite attack to your home. These include removing all loose construction timbers from around and under the house. Don't stack timber or firewood next to or under the house. Ensure that ventilation is adequate beneath suspended floors as if the soil is dry, termites will not be attracted to this area. Ensure you have a termite inspection carried out by an experienced technician at least every twelve months.
Do Not Disturb Termites!
If you uncover termites, try to put things back as they were. Ripping out flooring boards, architraves, etc, may kill the few termites in those timbers, but in doing so you have lessened the chances of an expert effectiveky treating the main nest. They will regruop and probably choose to attack another section of the structure.
Control your anxiety; waiting another few days before treatment makes little different to the extent of the damage.
- TERMIDOR will not repel termites and therefore they cannot avoid a lethal dose.
- TERMIDOR will prevent concealed termite entry to structures for a minimum of 5 years in most situations (2 years for Mastotermes) - longer than any other non-repellent.
- TERMIDOR is fast - On average, termite activity was eliminated within 4.3 weeks in Australian trials.
- TERMIDOR has a unique mode of action.
- TERMIDOR has the unique transfer effect
- TERMIDOR is less water-soluble and binds more tightly to the organic matter in soil than other non-repellent termiticides. This means it stays where it is applied.
- TERMIDOR has no effect on soil micro-organisms, earth worms or plants.
- TERMIDOR has been used on over 2 million homes in the US and over 15000 buildings in Australia since its introduction in 2002.
||Termidor is a non-repellent, low odour, soil applied residual termiticide for the protection and control of subterranean termites in and around domestic and commercial structures.
||For the protection of structures from subterranean termite damage and the control of subterranean termites around domestic and commercial structures as specified in the label.
||Termidor is non-repellant and non-detected by subterranean termites. Unique "Transfer Effect". Long residual life when applied as a barrier treatment. Water based, odourless formulation.
||Fewer call backs, resulting in satisfied homeowners. Termidor is the only product with the "Transfer Effect" which means that the product not only provides a barrier to termite entry, but may also be transferred to other termites and wipe out the entire colony.
|Mode of Action
||Termidor Residual Termiticide is a Group 2C insecticide which acts via contact and ingestion, to block the GABA receptors in the central nervous system and therefore disrupting nerve impulses, resulting in death.
Termidor kills termites through contact and ingestion. Because Termidor is non-repellent, termites unknowingly ingest the product when they eat. Also, since termites cant detect Termidor, they go about their routine activities. So even if termites are not feeding, Termidor will still kill via contact.
Thanks to Termidor's unique "Transfer Effect", termites don't even need to come into contact with the treated soil to die. Termites that do come into direct contact with Termidor subsequently pick up the product on their bodies and serve as carriers who then transfer Termidor to other termites. These secondarily affected termites can also pass Termidor on through feeding or contact.
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