Termite response is a small owner-operated business servicing the Canberra area. We are: •TAFE qualified (1998.) •Fully licensed. •We allow 2 1/2 hours between all termite inspections. •Where possible we treat to the Australian Standard (AS 3660.) •We focus on termite inspections and treatment, we do not do any general pest or commercial work.
We service all of Canberra, and surrounding rural areas, up to 100km.
Hours of Operation and Booking Times.
Termite Inspections and Quotations can are booked Monday to Friday during normal business hours. I'm enrolled in building studies to become a licensed builder at CiT (Bruce campus), but this is only part-time, and only takes up about 6 hours of lectures during the week.
Prices. All prices INCLUDE GST.
$220 Termite Inspection.
$990 Nemesis Baiting System. 24 Inground Stations installed. Refer to Services for more info.
$660 Nemesis System maintenance (per annum cost). Price includes Six visits per year, replacement of timber inserts as required (due to termite damage, decay, etc.), baiting of any activity found at no additional cost, cleaning out stations of black ants, and emailed status reports following each visit. Invoiced after each visit. - No paying in advance for something you haven't yet received.
$110 Apply Nemesis bait (first visit.) $50 for subsequent visits. Typically three to four visits required. Note: This price applies if you have a nemesis baiting system installed and are self checking the system. If we are checking the Nemesis bait system, application of bait is free.
$110* Approximate cost to Test Drill of Tree. We also charge an additional $50 to treat if a termite nest is found, and $50 per additional tree.
$150* Approximate cost to treat a termite mound. $50 to treat each additional mound.
$4,500 - $5,500* Typical cost for a full chemical soil barrier treatment using Termidor®. Soil barrier treatments are the ONLY treatment that meets the Australian Standard (AS 3660) for the protection of property against termites (post construction.)
$1,200 - $1,500* Approximate cost of a limited chemical barrier to part(s) of the house affected by termites or at high risk of attack. As with the full treatment option, we prefer to use Termidor®
* NOTE: All termite treatments, even treating a termite nest or tree drilling, requires a quotation in the first instance. We do not charge any fee for providing a quotation.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer, Cheque, Paypal, and Cash. We offer a 7 day account.
You can contact us Monday to Friday (office hours 9am to 5pm) to arrange a termite inspection or a (free) quotation for a termite treatment. Our contact details are:
Phone: 6288 1789
Please note: We do not do general pest work (fleas, spiders, rodents, etc),
pre-purchase inspections, or pre-construction treatments.
- TREATMENT OPTIONS
Termites are social insects that live in colonies/nests. The colony is broken into three distinct groups:
Reproductives - the most important member being the queen;
Soldiers who defend the colony [photo, left]; and
Workers represent approximately 80% of the colony and it is workers who may forage in range of up to 100 meters from the colony looking for food, who are responsible for structural damage to property. Typically in a Canberran suburban setting these nests will be in trees, particularly large mature natives. Termites can also however nest in old tree stumps, power poles, and occasionally even wall cavities and enclosed subfloor areas of houses where there are plumbing faults and/or poor drainage, leading to high levels of moisture. The photo below shows the typical entry point into a structure. Note how termite shielding (ant caps) do not prevent termites. At best all they do is force the termite mud leads to be exposed (since termites can't eat through metal.) Or, as shown in the photo left, the termites will simply exploit any poorly sealed joints in the shielding. Once over the termite shielding, termite damage may spread to bearers, floor joists, timber flooring, wall framing, interior skirting boards, and even roofing timbers.
For a house built on a concrete slab termites typically enter directly over the slab edge. Generally this is due to high levels of garden beds, mulch, pavers, concrete pathways, decking, and so on. A minimum of 75mm slab edge exposure is required as part of termite protection. This is rarely seen in practice, however, even for new housing. It's also not uncommon to find termite entry directly through the slab, via penetration pipes or cracks. Once through the slab termites will trail under flooring material until they find a food source such as skirting boards or internal wall frames.
Typically the inspection will take two hours and involves: Checking foundation piers
and walls for termite mud leads; Tapping to test the integrity of timbers (skirting boards, door frames, floor and ceiling joists, etc); Sound testing of interior walls (to check if termite mud is present); Use of a Moisture Meter to detect (moist) termite mud in wall cavities; And a detailed written report.
During the inspection process we are looking mainly for termite mud leads (as seen in the top photo above), and damaged timber (as seen in the photo below.) The inspection generally takes a couple of hours simply due to the size of the areas needing inspection, and also progress is slow because we're often crawling our way around under low subfloors, or in roof voids with a low pitch. There are plenty of companies out there however doing one hour (or less) inspections.
At the end of the inspection we will write out a report and discuss any findings. We will only write a quote if we find active termites. We will always suggest treatment to the Australian Standard AS 3660. However, we will use bait/baiting systems if you object to the use of chemical soil treatments. We will never issue quotes as "preventatives" on the basis that "no you don't have any termites but your area is at high risk" etc. If you want a bait system installed, we're happy to do so, but we just charge a standard $990 price. - Refer to Treatment Options or Services for more information.
There are THREE options for a treating a property for termites:
1. Chemical Soil Barrier Treatments to Australian Standard AS 3660. This involves treating around all footings using an approved termiticide:
(i) Trench, flood, and backfill around piers and walls under the house. (ii) Trench, flood, and backfill along all exterior walls. (iii) Drill, and inject, and re-cement external pathways at 200mm centers. (iv) Pull up pavers, trench, flood, backfill soil, and reinstall pavers. And, if the house is on a concrete slab, we need to (v) drill at 200mm centers down one side of every internal wall. Termite eradication takes about 4.3 weeks on average using Termidor termiticide. Termidor has a residual life in soil of 8 years. Even with the higher initial expense (compared to baiting systems), it provides better protection at a lower price in the long run. The treatment will take 2 to 3 days to complete.
2. Limited chemical barrier. We carry out the same treatment as per a full chemical barrier, but only treat those areas of the house either currently with termite activity, and/or highly susceptible to attack. The treatment will generally be completed within one day.
3. Baiting Systems do not meet the Australian Standard (AS 3660) for protection of property against termites. However, they can lower the risk through the elimination of nearby termite colonies. The system relies on first monitoring using inground stations. Once termite activity is found, bait is then added. As termites feed on this bait the colony begins to die out. We can also apply bait using an above ground station directly onto termite activity. However, this is not our preferred method of treatment as the process can take many months. During this time termites will continue to feed on your house.
Some Useful Links
Termite Action Group (Australia)
CSIRO Entomology (Australia)
University of California - Termite Information for Homeowners(USA)
Dr Don's Termite Pages (Australia)
PCT - Pest Control Resources (USA)
Queensland Fire Ant Eradication - Latest information/news
Competition in Canberra
About as much (or as little) as the supermarket situation in Canberra. About five years ago a large multinational purchased FOUR of Canberra's large locally owned companies. This multinational trades under it's own name also. The current landscape: There's a dozen or more small locally owned businesses (mostly owner-operated), one large locally owned company - but they don't do termite work, two multinationals [one of whom also trades under the names of these four former locally owned companies], and a few medium sized operations with head offices elsewhere (Sydney, Brisbane, etc.)
Problems in the Pest Control Industry...
If you've ever wondered why pest control is so expensive, why termites keep coming back despite multiple treatments, why you can't seem to get a reasonable quote for a small termite problem, or why the inspector never got under the house, etc... MORE