Do you think you have termites in your home? If you’re uncertain, contact Stewarts Pest Control specialists for a thorough termite inspection at your Perth property. Our extensive experience with termite pest control for the past 60 years has given us many insights into how to detect termites, how to treat them, and what measures to take to avoid a re-infestation.
Termites – also known as white ants – can cause extensive property damage before you even begin to realise that you have a major pest problem. They eat wood, from the inside out, and prefer dark, humid environments where they thrive. Our white ant inspection in Perth homes is designed to effectively weed out and eradicate these destructive pests.
Using different types of termite treatments that will remove the pests, and protect your building, we are able to safely eliminate the problem. We offer two termite control services, which include termite baiting and interceding. Our white ant treatment includes using baiting systems to draw out the termites. The bait box is left at your home for a period of weeks, after which it is then inspected by our team. The interception process is slightly more involved and includes monitoring stations strategically placed around the outside of the home.
Based on the results of the baiting box and interception process, we then determine which type of termite treatment is best suited to deal with the problem at your Perth home.
We use non-toxic baiting systems, ensuring your home and family are entirely safe from chemicals. Each of our team members are certified and carry Police Clearance Certificates, so you can have peace of mind. Working to your convenience, we will visit your home and discuss the best treatment, and preventative measures, to deal with the pest problem and prevent future issues.
Due to the nature of termite infestations, the process and treatment require routine monitoring to ensure complete pest removal. We offer a timber pest inspection report on the movement and eventual inactivity of the termites, and the condition of the structure, which is based on our timber pest inspection. Created by our Perth-based team of highly qualified termite pest control specialists, the report includes the condition of the wood, details about the type of termite, the type of conditions that could make the structure attractive to future infestations, and how best to combat all of these challenges.
For all termite protection barrier treatments in Perth, we do ask that all residents and pets are removed from the property and are kept at least one meter away from the outside of the building.
Contact us today for a free quote on termite inspection and protection. Our Perth-based specialist team will visit your property, inspect it and provide you with a quote. We look forward to assisting you.
Did you know that termites have recently become part of the Blattella insect family, which means that they are closely related to cockroaches? They are commonly known as ‘white ants’, and are also social insects that work together within their colony. In addition, termites play an important role in nature by recycling fallen trees, limbs and stumps. In doing so, they return nutrients to the soil.
There are over 300 different types of termites throughout Australia ranging from damp wood termites to dry wood termites. Most species feed on grass and decaying wood, with their main food source is being wood-derived cellulose. Some species are subterranean, and are destructive to buildings and timber structures, resulting in millions of dollars in property damage every year.
By building protective mud leads, termites can tunnel under the ground as far as 50 to 100 metres from their nests. They can access a home through small cracks and gaps, or they can build their leads over constructions to get to the timber structure.
A termite queen can produce up to 2,000 eggs every day. These eggs are looked after until they develop into workers or soldiers that can protect the colony. The queen controls the colony and directs its members to forage for food, and to build and maintain both their underground nest, which is usually under the roots of trees, and their colony structure.
Even though termites are such interesting and incredible insects, that doesn’t mean that we want them around!
This is why understanding how they work is key in identifying their presence in a building, and applying an eradication plan and preventative strategy. Only an inspection by a trained professional can reveal the hidden presence of termites, their entry route into the structure as well as any potential problems that may be result in a future infestation.
The queen can produce up to 2,000 eggs a day. These are taken to the nursery by the worker termites, and looked after until they develop into workers or soldiers and can work for the colony.
The Queen controls the colony and directs its members to seek out food supplies and build and maintain the nest and colony structure. The nest is usually in the ground, often under the roots of a tree.
By building protective mud leads, the termites can tunnel up to one hundred meters in search of food, usually timber. Once they find your house they can access it through minute cracks or gaps, or they can build their leads over constructions in order to get at the timber structure.
Stewarts believe that one of the most important elements in the protection of buildings against termite attack is constant monitoiring.
Regular inspections, by a licensed pest controller are important. A Stewarts inspector will be able to discover hints and clues of termite presence, long before a householder becomes aware of them.
If termites are present on a property the eradication of the colony is helpful in reducing the chance of further damage to the building. Stewarts have a range of options available to monitor the presence of termites and to eradicate them.
Stewarts have been applying chemical barriers for many years to protect buildings from termites. Some people prefer not to use toxic chemicals around their home. There are alternatives.
Stewarts have available a number of non-chemical monitoring programs, and low toxic products available. Call Stewarts Pest Control for an obligation free assessment of your property.
Most termites are actually blind, but that doesn’t stop termite soldiers from defending their nests.
Firstly, these soldiers will alert the rest of the termite colony to any threat by banging their heads against the colony walls to create vibrations to warn the rest of the colony.
However, their actual defence mechanisms range according to species. Some termites actually explode releasing chemical compounds, while others will use their mandibles to attack smaller insects such as ants.
As you know, just because your home is built from bricks and not wood, does not prevent a possible termite infestation.
Even concrete slabs may not be enough to stop termites from entering your home. It may seem as if they can eat through cement, but this is not the case.
They actually squeeze through the tiniest of cracks, holes and any other small openings to get inside. Once they reach the interior of your home, they can cause a massive amount of damage to wooden structures.
Even though some termites are able to fly, workers are wingless. The do however have hard and rounded heads with straight antennae, and softer bodies. With regard to size, worker termites are smaller than both the colony queen and the soldier termites.
In their caste system, worker termites forage for food and also build and maintain the nests and the mud leads. They also look after the queen’s eggs.
The worker termites’ behaviour is determined by the current needs of the queen and the colony as a whole. In essence, they will supply whatever demand the colony has at that time.