Subterranean termites will forage around cleaning up pieces of timber in and on the ground, this is their job in nature. Your house is just a big piece of dinner for the termite colony.
Termites have a head and a body, more like a cockroach than an ant. An ant of course has three body segments. There are many different species of subterranean termites in Australia, that all act a little different from the other. There are different nesting habits and different eating/foraging habits that are individual in most to specific termites. All termites exist in a ‘caste’ system. You have the reproductive or queens/king termite, the workers and the soldiers. The reproductive, or ‘Elate’, termites colonise twice a year. Through October/November and March/April. Colonising requires the elates to fly from the nest, just on dusk as the humidity is right, land and partner up with another elate. The elates look for moisture and food as quickly as possible. If they are successful, a new nest will begin and within 2 years, this nest will colonise.
Often the elates will be found flying around lights in the house and lights on the patio. Some will find hundreds or even thousands of elates flying around inside the house. This is a general indication that a subterranean termite nest is present in the house. Immediate remediation will be required. Be sure to choose a reputable company.
When looking for a reputable company, there are several things to tick off your check list. A company that has been around for more than five years is a good sign that they may be around for the long haul. Many companies fail in the first three years and if you have any issues with a treatment that you have paid good money for, who will look after your interests?
A company that has insurance and will provide a certificate of currency for their insurance when they give you a quote is generally a better option than a company without insurance. Be sure to check the certificate of currency before you book the treatment. There are those in the industry that will look to provide the certificate on the day they do the treatment and seemed to have just forgotten to bring it with them. Be warned!
You can check with the Department of Environmental Health if a technician is licenced and what their licence allows. Not all pest controllers are licenced for timber pests. The Queensland Building & Construction Commission (QBCC) will tell you if the company has the correct licence in place. If the company is not correctly licenced, what makes you believe your treatment will be correctly installed?
Be sure to get two or three quotes. Compare apples with apples. Do your research on the internet and don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions. If you do enough research, you will know if the technician quoting is feeding you a dose of rubbish or if the tech is genuine. You will also learn what is a reasonable price to pay. Be aware of any product that is or seems too cheap.
The chemical we use at Dunrite is always going to be the best possible chemical on the market according to our research, field study and experience. You will note that we are on the Termidor website as being qualified to use their product Termidor SC. You will also note that we are qualified to use their product Termidor HE. Be sure you check any and all qualifications before engaging a contractor.
Dunrite is registered and fully qualified to use Termidor. Termidor is produced by BASF and has delivered unparalleled termite control since it was first introduced onto the Australian market in 2002. Our Technicians are kept up to date with all training courses and techniques for this Chemical, as well as testing new products for BASF. (link – http://www.termidor.com.au/)
Termite treatments range from active termite nest sites in houses, termites in trees, stumps, fences, retaining walls, termite nests on the ground and even in sheds and caravans.
The proven and most effective treatment to protect your home is a Chemical Subterranean Termite Management System: STMS (Chemical Barrier).
Information released by the Australian Institute of Architects on their Archicentre website (link – https://www.archicentreaustralia.com.au/), reports that the average damage caused by subterranean termites (white ants) is between $10,000 – $15,000. In nearly all instances, the termites are not detected until there is a high level of infestation and damage. No protection – no regular inspections. Effective Termite Protection is essential to protecting the biggest investment you’ll make – your home. Dunrite has been protecting Brisbane homes since 1994.
Warranty: Dunrite offers an eight-year free service warranty, conditional to annual timber pest inspections. BASF offer a 2-Million-dollar timber replacement warranty. Conditions apply.