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How Do You Stop Termites From Invading Your Home?

Termite Inspection

At GC Pest Control, we know the home is not only where the heart is but also where you’ve likely invested a great deal of your livelihood.

So, we know you don’t want to welcome any pests that can cause more damage than children or pets, such as destructive termites.  

Over the years, we’ve seen some incredible damage termites have caused to homes, either when a homeowner has neglected an annual inspection or if a Building and Pest Inspection wasn’t appropriately completed (not by GC Pest Control, of course!).

Keeping on top of termites cannot be neglected. Also commonly known as ‘white ants, ’ they pose a considerable threat and affect one in four homes in Australia.

Even if you have a recently built home, it’s essential to check if it was built with a termite protection system in place. Find out what kind it was, and still book in for annual inspections.

The important takeaway is not to be alarmed by termites but to do everything to be prepared and proactive. We can help!

How Often Do I Need A Termite Inspection?

The phrase “prevention is better than cure” has never been more relevant than when talking about termites. An annual termite inspection is essential whether you’ve just bought a house or have been there for years. It is also cost-effective; our prices start from $145 for a 1-2 bedroom home, but usually $249 for a standard-sized home – a small price to pay when the potential damage bills can be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

When choosing a company to deliver a termite inspection, ensure their service complies with Australian Standards (AS 3660.2:2017). Also, ensure they are thorough and that you receive a detailed report post-visit.

How Do I Protect My Home?

Our termite protection systems have been developed to protect your home from termites and ensure we uphold the aesthetic integrity of your home.

We offer two different termite management systems, a Chemical Barrier and a Termite Baiting & Monitoring System. Usually, one or the other is used; however, sometimes both depend on the construction design of the property.

Our Chemical Barriers involve installing a chemically treated zone where we dig a trench around the perimeter of your home, which is treated and backfilled. If a footpath or patio borders your home, we drill holes and inject the soil below with Termiticide. The Chemical Barrier is highly effective and comes with a five year $100,000 Insurance Policy.

“Drilling holes” into a home you’ve worked so hard for might sound alarming, but we are focused on aesthetics. We ensure this is done almost artistically when we drill holes to make it not obvious. Unfortunately, not all companies have that much attention to detail. We use colour matching plugs or grout to silicon and stones to ensure evidence of our work is as subtle as possible.

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Our termite baiting and monitoring system are also very effective. Termite baiting is designed to protect structures by eliminating foraging termites around your home. We use sturdy and discrete bait stations designed to encourage station interception and feeding to ensure colony elimination.

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Even with these systems in place, keeping up with your annual termite inspections is still important.

How Can I Prevent Termites?

Termites are very hardy pests, but along with booking an annual or 6-monthly termite inspection to ensure you’re on top of any issues, you can limit the chances of them making your property their home. This involves reducing conducive conditions they love, such as:

  • Prevent moisture issues by ensuring drains and pipes are free from leaks.
  • Hot water and air conditioning units have correct drainage.
  • Remove all scrap timber or dense foliage from your yard.

At GC Pest Control, we support your termite journey through all aspects, from inspections and remedial treatments to implementing termite protection systems. We hope we don’t find termites for your sake, but if we do, we embed the most appropriate and cost-effective solution.

Like to know more about ensuring termites don’t invade your home? A termite inspection is a great place to start! Get in touch with the team here.

 

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