WARNING: General home insurance does NOT cover termite damage to structural timbers.
THE GOOD NEWS: Homeowners can, in effect, obtain such insurance cover by having a chemical soil treatment to the entire perimeter of a building and any expansion joints in concrete on ground flooring. The termite controller must have Professional Indemnity Insurance for this purpose.
If you have FOUND live termites in your home we strongly recommend a chemical soil treatment.
We Take Care of Termites, Every Last One
Termites by nature have a central colony nest containing a king and queen – soldiers escort hundreds of thousands of workers as they tunnel through soil a 100 metre radius of the nest and build mud-tube galleries over hard objects and between timber joints to keep airtight conditions.
Termites must return to the central colony every few days to feed the colony (liquefied timber) including the queen, king, young nymphs, soldiers, winged reproductives. Using Termidor, we take advantage of termite behaviour through a delayed and highly transmittable effect. Termites travelling through treated soil areas will collect and transport the chemical back to the central colony nest to feed others therein resulting in the death of all the termites in a colony.
We’re Together for 5 Years
A termite treatment from Maxwell Robinson and Phelps doesn’t end on the day of the treatment. We are here for you for the next 5 years to protect your investment. With annual termite inspections, we back our barriers for 5 years, giving you total peace of mind that your property is secure and that you won’t be out of pocket if there are ever signs of termites within those 5 years.
What is Involved During a Termite Treatment
Installing a chemical termite barrier requires expert knowledge and equipment to form a complete and continuous barrier around building- as illustrated below:
Trench and treat soil around external concrete slab edge – a common termite entry point
Trench and treat soil around walls and piers in the sub-floor area
Use rod injection to treat soil along and around the external perimeter area of the building
Drill concrete floor along all expansion joints and cracks, and treat soil thereunder
Drill concrete floor around pipes and treat soil thereunder
Drill concrete patio areas and treat soil area therein – a high risk termite nest location
Occasionally a sub-nest may appear ie where termites develop a nest in a wall cavity of a home particularly where a regular moisture source exists eg from faulty plumbing or guttering. Special care and equipment can be used to detect sub-nests in a building including a moisture metre, microwave and infrared cameras- but each have their limitations.
There are several types of termite control chemicals registered by the relevant State and/or Federal Government Authority for use in termite control as a soil treatment chemical.
WARNING: Several outdated products are solvent based termite control pesticides which may cause health problems to asthmatics during the drying process.
Termidor is water based, have virtually no smell and of ultra-low hazard to humans, dogs, cats and other mammals.
Termidor does not have an obnoxious odour or emit airborne residues or fumes and is registered as a low hazard insecticide with a CAUTION notation on the registered label.
Fipronil, the active ingredient in termidor has been used in the USA, Australia and other countries, for flea and tick control on millions of cats and dogs. Termidor represents modern technology. Some alternative termiticides have a strong repellent action to deter foraging termites. Whereas Termidor is non-repellent to the termites.
Termites can enter the treated soil zone without detecting the Termidor chemical.
The repellent nature of other products mean the termites can detect the chemicals and will move along the treated soil areas, actively seeking a gap to gain entry into the building.
BASF Termidor will transfer from one termite to another … The technology is aimed at eradicating the queen termite and the entire colony – refer to the animated illustration below:
KILL ZONE Termites tunnelling in the Termidor Treated Soil area abutting the building (of high concentration – near the point of application) are killed outright.
TRANSFER ZONE Termites tunnelling in the outer parts of a Termidor treated soil area (of low concentration) will not detect the Premise which adheres to their bodies and has a delayed lethal effect of several days – enough time to be transferred back to the central colony nest.
After 250 million years of living underground, subterranean termites evolved with a very thin waxy skin (called an exoskeleton) that readily absorbs moisture.
Termidor adheres to the termite exoskeleton and is readily absorbed through the exoskeleton and into the termites’s body to immobilise and kill the affected termite within a few days.
The termites spread the Termidor to other termites during regular physical contact, particularly when working together in close proximity, grooming and feeding the rest of the colony, a regular function of their daily life.
Termites carry away or cannibalise other dead termites, further spreading the deadly effect of the Termidor chemical throughout the colony