What can I do to minimise the risk of termites?

There are many things you can do to reduce the risk of termites attacking your home. Termite require moisture, food and warmth to live.

  1. Remove stored timber and debris.
  2. Repair leaking taps and pipes.
  3. Ensure that vents to sub-floor areas are never blocked by soil or gardens.
  4. Divert all hot water services and air-conditioning overflows away from the side of the house.
  5. Ensure storm water run-off is properly connected.
  6. Use only treated timber in garden beds, retaining walls or fence posts.
  7. Construct timber fences and support posts with at least a 50mm clearance between the timbers and the soil.
  8. Do not allow climbing plants or bushy gardens to grow against the structure.
  9. Remove dead trees or stumps.
  10. Ensure that termite shielding is not damaged or breached in any way.
What is a Liquid Treated Zone?

Treated Zone

A treated zone uses a highly affective liquid treatment around the termite entry points into your home. This exposes the termites if they attempt to enter.

How do we do this?

  1. Complete a thorough inspection by a qualified technician for past or current termite infestation.
  2. Any termite colony found to be attacking the site will be eliminated using a registered colony elimination process.
  3. Construct a treated zone by applying chemicals to the soil:
    1. Trenching the soil around the perimeter of the building and any supports or other ground contact and or
    2. Carefully drilling through slab areas that adjoin the perimeter of your building like pathways and/or
    3. Installing a termite chemical reticulation system (if required) that is used t reapply chemical if necessary.
  4. Regular or at least annual termite inspections.

Advantages : Treated zone is effective for a number of years

Disadvantages : Treated zone will need to be replenished at some point

What is a Baiting & Monitoring System?

A monitoring zone uses a strategically installed series of unobtrusive termite monitoring stations in the ground around your home to detect termites.

How do we do this?

  1. Complete a thorough inspection by a qualified technician for past or current termite infestation.
  2. Any termite colony found to be attacking the site will be eliminated.
  3. Install a series of termite monitoring stations around your home.
  4. Regularly monitor the system for termite attacks to ensure a timely warning.
  5. Bait and eliminate any termite colonies that are detected.
  6. Continue to monitor for termites
  7. Regular annual termite inspection fo the property.

Advantages : Eliminates the entire attacking termite colony.

Disadvantages : Requires regular inspections

Does Termites = no insurance cover?

Don’t be surprised to find that your current building insurance does not cover you against the structural damage that termites cause. Most, if not all insurance policies specifically exclude structural timber damage caused by termites.

Is there an insurance policy available that will cover termite damage?

TimberSecure is a five year termite insurance policy designed to give you peace of mind following the installation of an approved termite management system.

If termites enter you’re home and cause timber damage during the insurance period, your TimberSecure insurance policy will cover all structural & decorative timber repairs or replacement, up to the value of $100,000*.

And you don’t have to pay an excess!

I found termites! What do I do?

The most important thing you can do is NOT disturb them any further.

You may be tempted to spray them with insect or surface spray and clean up the dirt and damage. Don’t! Our aim is to eradicate live termites from your home and the best results are achieved by treatment of special products directly to the live termites and their workings. By disturbing them further they may retreat and block off the area from their network of tunnels which lead back to the nest. This makes treatment much more difficult and much less successful.

Dont Panic

Termites are not going to eat your entire house in a night. It does take time for those little critters to complete extensive damage (however don’t leave it for weeks until acting).

Contact a Licensed and Ensured Company

At this point we highly recommend contacting a qualified termite technician. Of course, we recommend our services based on our years of experience and proven results. If however you are not in South Australia, make sure you find a reputable company who specialises in termites and has been treating termites and removing termites for years. Remember, this is your home and termites can cause irreversible damage.

Do I have to have annual termite inspections to extend my service agreement or warranty?

The short answer is yes.

In some cases a property may even require more regular inspections be carried out. Annual inspections to a property is the industries minimum requirement.

When a Termite treated zone or Monitoring system is installed to protect an existing dwelling, there will in most cases always be limitations. These limitations can be caused by many factors.

  • Construction type of the building.
  • Additions and renovations (Cold joints).
  • In fill slabs.
  • Obstructions and restrictions (air-conditioning units, hot water services etc).
  • Environmental conditions (Garden beds, soil against house and poor drainage).
  • Soil type.

There are also post treatment factors that can effect the Termite System

  • Additions post treatment.
  • Pergolas or structures attached to house post treatment.
  • Burst or leaking pipes post treatment..
  • Blocking air vents or weep holes post treatment.

For these issues but not limited to is why, Minimum annual inspections are essential to ensure to ongoing protection of your property.


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