Wood Termites: what, why and how?


Termites are wood-boring insects that live in the soil, in organised colonies consisting of “soldiers”, the “workers” and sexed insects breeding more termites.

Termites are sometimes called “white ants” (not to be confused with carpenter ants, which have nothing to do with termites).

Termites attack all wood species, except some exotic varieties.
A termite infestation starts from the bottom of the building.
Different regions of Australia are unequally affected by termites: the entire city of Sydney and various municipalities, especially in the west and the south of Sydney, subject to orders of a ranking area of surveillance and control against termites.

How to detect the presence of termites?

One problem with termites is that they are very difficult to detect because they do not make noise and do not produce sawdust, unlike wood-boring insect larvae.

However, at regular intervals holes (outlet holes of termites as adults) may indicate the presence of termites.

Termites and wood legislation

Regarding the fight against pests, there is no single regulator for the whole of Australia, but for each department. Concerning termites, all departments have set up more or less similar regulations:

Any tenant or a home owner, a building or a building infested by termites, is legally required to make a declaration to the town hall. If termites have infested the common areas of a home, the declaration lies with the housing board.

In the case of sale of a house, a building or a building in an area contaminated by termites, a parasitic state older than 3 months must be annexed to the Act of sale. This parasitic state must be performed by a certified expert, having no professional with a Pest Control company.

Get in direct contact with Pest Control Professionals to obtain a personalised quote.

Termites wood preventive treatment

In new construction, the timber of the frame is guaranteed for 10 years against all insects and larvae. After that, we do make a preventive termite treatment by a professional, which will extend to ten years warranty.

One can also perform self-preventive treatment by applying a product based on wooden building elements.

Termites wood cure

The curative product has two purposes: it destroys wood termites and protects the wood against new attacks. It is done in various steps:

The removal is an indispensable step of removing any damaged wood to find healthy and hard parts. Then they must brush and dust that will facilitate penetration of the curative product.

Treatment by spray or wash.
The insecticide treatment can be sprayed or brushed. Some products are white when applied and become transparent on drying: it ensures that has treated the whole area. You must leave at least 24 hours between applications. For the section of wood less than 80 cm², this treatment is sufficient. For wood top section, there must also perform treatment by injection.

Injection treatment

The injection treatment is intended to treat the wood in depth. Holes are drilled into which then injected a powerful insecticide, but harmful to the skin.

If you intend on doing this yourself, you must be fully protected (clothing, gloves, mask) and keep strictly to the instructions.

For more  further and more detailed reading regarding termites in Australia Visit http://www.pestcontrol.org.au/DFT-NSW%20Termite%20Protection.pdf


Tree removal dangers

Removal of trees is often necessary, and should preferably be done by an expert. However, if you do it yourself (which you should rather not do), you need to pay attention to a number of things to ensure that you do not endanger yourself and others. This takes experience and often intuition of the action of a tree when it falls.

Your safest bet is to contact Tree Removal, a Melbourne based arborists specialising in complete removal of trees and stump grinding

Trees do have a life of their own, and cutting them down could definitely be a danger to any person cutting them down. For example: you have to read what the branches could do before you start cutting the tree. This means that you have to be able to spot any situation that might arise when the tree starts to fall. Most experts would be able to read the tree and its actions, but this is also not a guarantee. An expert can inspect the tree to find the weak spots and the possible direction in which it would fall.It is important to note too, that trees and branches are extremely heavy, and can cause grave injury, death and extreme damage to property.

Using the right equipment is vital for tree felling. If the tree feller does not wear the right gear, it may lead to severe consequences. It is important to wear a hardhat to protect yourself against head injuries. When using any equipment, gloves will protect the hands against scratching and cutting, but also to have a good grip on a very heavy and active chainsaw.The chainsaw is a danger in itself, and should only be handled by and expert. Without a shield or protective glasses for the eyes, you could lose and eye, or suffer damage to your cornea, and face blindness as a result. There is also need for a special harness to anchor you when you have to climb up and clear branches first.

Rotten trees are especially dangerous as there is no way of telling which way the tree will fall when it is cut. It could also break awkwardly, and have deadly spiked splinters. If the feller is not careful, it could pose a great danger to him or bystanders even though there should not be any bystanders. The worse scenario is when the tree is located near power lines. This is cause for extra special care.

It is not recommended that any ordinary person do felling, as this is a specialised job, especially when it comes to vey high and older trees.

How to Pass a Building Inspection

A lot of sellers cringe when an inspector arrives at their property and what they might say about the condition of their house. Nevertheless there is actually no need to panic because all a building inspection professionals really wants to do is ensure the property is in the state that is appropriate. Buyers are always searching for confidence before making a purchase and you need to be prepared if you want to see your property sold quickly and without hassles.

You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars carrying out repairs that are sophisticated, but you certainly need to spruce the place up before the inspection takes places and before the property is up for sale.

47 Home Inspection Issues in Under 3 Minutes

These are some of the things the building inspectors will look for

Always ensure your roof coverings are clean and mortar, the brick or tiles are also in top condition because inspectors will constantly look out for that.

You have to eliminate all signs of excessive moisture, because that’s constantly an strong sign that mould and mildew aren’t far behind which may be a genuine concern.

Most inspectors will want to assess your waterproofing systems, hence keep them in working state will be a step in the right path. Inspectors do additionally understood to choose a special interest in septic tanks, striving to ensure that any drainage problems that could potentially be caused by them are not dangerous and working.
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Clean your house and get rid of all signs of trash. The inspectors will need unrestricted and unobstructed access to all regions. Just then can they give your house comprehensive and complete review.

Do not forget to ensure it is easy for the inspector to have a look at sheds and garages. Be sure to transfer all things that could be in the way if these places are cluttered and ensure that nothing is obstructing their access.

There is a tremendous opportunity the buyer will tag along, when the time for review comes. You’ve got to excuse yourself from the dialog since they may not feel comfortable asking the inspector questions when you are around. Give them time alone with the building but don’t remain too far away as you might be needed t answer questions.

For most sellers, home inspections can be daunting, but by being methodical, checking every cm of the property and carrying out vital repairs, you are definitely going to pull it away.