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Termite Control Services Melbourne and Statewide

Termites are found in virtually every part of the world, living life in the dark. Otherwise known as wood-eating cockroaches, some attack trees, crops, and plantations. The harshest forms of termites can be a real nuisance, and damaging woodwork in domestic and commercial buildings. Some species don’t eat wood at all, preferring lichen, dead leaves and grass. Statewide Pest Control can determine which species are infesting your home or business.

Signs of a termite infestation

If the wooden panels in your home cave in after being knocked or pressed, the chances are your home has been infested. Termites normally attack wood from within, carving out a solid piece of wood and making it hollow while leaving the outer shell intact.

If you discover termites, it is essential to take action quickly by calling a Statewide Pest Control. We are able to inject termite poison or termiticide in various zones in your home. However, please be aware that this is not a permanent measure and only works for only few years. The best way to prevent infestation is to use more contemporary baiting systems, although they are not entirely foolproof.

Exterra treatment

The first step of using Exterra is to install in-ground stations around the building at points near where termites are likely to be foraging in the ground for food. The stations contain non-toxic food made by a timber termites prefer to eat.

Above-ground stations are the preferred approach when your home is infested with termites. Bait is placed in the station when it is installed. Above-ground stations speed up the process of colony elimination. Once the termite colony is eliminated, above-ground stations are removed.

Termites are easily detected in the Exterra stations. The unique patented design allows for termites to be seen without disturbing them. It is very important and the termites are not disturbed during bait application either.

Requiem bait is then added without disturbing the termites. This is vital to achieve quick and consistent results. Requiem is highly palatable to termites and they readily consume it in preference to timber. In fact, Australian studies show that once termites start feeding on Requiem, they stop feeding on the timbers in your home. Requiem is also very low in toxicity so not harmful to you and your pets.

Termites can’t resist Requiem, which leads to the colony’s quick demise. They feed on the Requiem and take it back to the colony where it is fed slowly throughout. Since the termites die gradually, they do not associate the colony’s demise with the consumption of Requiem. This ensures that the entire colony is eliminated.

Any remaining Requiem is removed and fresh timbers are placed in the stations where peace-of-mind monitoring continues. This is because your property remains susceptible to future attacks from new termite colonies. To relieve this constant threat, the Exterra system works on an ongoing process of monitoring, baiting, and eliminating.

Chemical treatment

To be effective, a chemical barrier should be continuous where required at the external perimeter of the structure. However, in some cases it may not be possible or practicle to create a continuous barrier around an existing building or structure, meaning alternative measures may be necessary.

Where there is subfloor access for maintenance and inspection, it isn’t necessary to apply chemical to the entire soil area. Horizontal and, where necessary, vertical barriers shall still be applied to all stumps, structure walls, water, and waste pipes or any other building to soil connection that could provide for concealed termite access. Concrete slabs will need to be drilled and chemical injected at intervals specified on the registered chemical label along internal walls, joins, and external perimeter of the structure.

A chemical treatment on its own may be insufficient to achieve the desired barrier. Factors such as construction details, soil type, and termite risk in the area determine the extent of treatment required.

Depending on your termite infestation, Statewide Pest Control will determine which course of treatment will be most effective.

Contact us today on 1800 136 200  for help and advice on successful treatments for termites!

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