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Termite Treatment

Termite treatment and pest management are complex tasks. They require specialist tools and experience. This is to ensure all termite activity is identified and systematically eliminated.

Step by step approach to termite eradication:-

  • A thorough termite inspection to find out if termites are present. Identify likely trouble areas with remedial action if necessary.
  • A check of drainage and ventilation under and around your home and any other structures.
  • Application of recommended treatment to create treated zone.
  • A follow-up inspection of the area within 3 months to ensure treatment has been successful.
  • Regular inspections as recommended by the Australia Standards (3660).

Many insects are confused with termites, especially ants. Termites are sometimes referred to as 'white ants' because of their pale appearance.  The homeowner can discourage termites by remembering these facts:

  • Termites are attracted to wood, so remove potential termite food away from buildings - their food can include timber stacks, old stumps, building refuse, garden decoration such as sleepers and logs.
  • Waste timber from construction activities is often left in place or stored under the house – remove all timber formwork.
  • Termites are attracted to water, so fix leaking water pipes, drains, showers, sinks etc, plus capture water from air conditioning units
  • Termites prefer humid conditions, so keep air under the house dry by improving sub-floor ventilation, drainage and access
  • Regular inspections are the most important part of controlling termites before they do any damage. Therefore:
  • Arrange regular inspections – at least once a year
  • Keep the edges of the house(slabs, foundation, piers and stumps) clear of clutter, including garden beds and vegetation
  • Southcape Pest Management follows the approved methods of termite control which are covered by the Australian Standard AS 3660. 2 (2000).


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           Visable Termite Damage                                                    Hidden Termite Damage (under bathroom vanity)


Visual Termite Inspection

  • Interior of building
  • Roof Void (if applicable)
  • Sub Floor (if applicable)
  • Exterior of building
  • Grounds and gardens up to 30m
  • Outbuildings
  • Fences



If you discover live termites at your home the most important thing is "DO NOT DISTURB" – call a licensed professional pest control technician.

  • Direct application of pesticide dust to termite workings or placement of above ground bait stations (non toxic option)
  • Return in 7 days to inspect live activity
  • If still active re-apply dust or bait (as applicable)
  • Return in 21 days to ensure all live activity has ceased

Once it has been established that termites are no longer active, there are a number of options available to prevent further attack. A full termite inspection would need to be conducted to ascertain if there is activity in other areas of the building.

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CHEMICAL Barrier treatments

Chemical barriers are so-called because they rely on a chemical to resist termite attack. There are several choices of pesticide dependant on the situation and the client's budget. These barriers can be placed under concrete slabs, foundations and around houses. Chemicals that are used to kill termites are called "termiticides".

Chemical barriers can be installed in new and existing structures, but can only be installed by licensed pest controllers.

There are two types of chemical barriers in-soil and in-plastics (referred to as the Reticulation System).

In-soil chemical barriers are formed when the chemical is applied to the soil under or around the foundations of a building; see below notes for application process.

Chemical Hand Spray


                  Holes drilled 200mm apart around perimeter of building (where aggregate or pavers are laid)

                  Inject pesticide, 50mm below footing

                  Fill drill holes with a cork


                  Lifting of pavers and trenching 50mm below footing

                  Apply pesticide

                  Backfill with sand and relay pavers

                  Lifting of Pavers & Trenching Perimeter


                  Trench the garden beds and the exposed edge of the concrete slab                            

                  Trenching is 50mm below the footing  

                  Apply pesticide

                  Backfill with sand

  • Chemical Reticulation

                  Lifting of pavers and trenching 50mm below footings

                  Lay Altis Reticulation pipe

                  Install pump up point (for injecting pesticide)

                  System tested

                  Backfill with sand and relay pavers

                  Pump up with pesticide


                  Dusts can be applied as stand-alone treatments, or as part of a combined approach.

                  Dusts can only be used by licensed professional pest controllers. The pest controller applies a small amount of dust containing a chemical active ingredient
                  into the wood or area infested by termites. (often called the 'termite workings').

                  The dust settles onto the termites, which then carry the dust back to the nest. The termites clean themselves of the dust and ingest the active ingredient.
                  Grooming is a social activity so the active ingredient is spread throughout the colony.

                  If enough active ingredients are ingested, then it is possible to eliminate the colony.


                  Baiting systems concentrate termites into a bait station and then feed the termite a bait – a palatable food containing an active ingredient.

                  The termites collect the bait, return it the colony, and so spread the active ingredient throughout the colony. If enough active ingredient is ingested, then it is
                  possible to eliminate the colony.

                  There are commercial baiting systems that have the bait included - these are available only from licensed professional pest controllers.

                  Bait systems can be applied as stand-alone treatments, or as part of a combined approach. Bait systems can form part of the inspection of a house, acting as a
                  continuous monitoring system.


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                    LIFT & RELAYING OF PAVERS                                CHEMICAL RETICULATION


PHYSICAL Barrier treatments

Cracks in concrete and the gap around pipes penetrating through the concrete slab offer easy access to termites. Physical barriers are installed where termites may attempt to gain access to the timber in a building.

A physical termite barrier for pre-construction is a layer underneath the slab of your home. It comes in side sheets which are laid in the same way as a moisture layer before the slab is poured. The sheets are overlapped, sealed with adhesive tape and even nailed down to ensure they remain in place.

A physical termite barrier is long lasting and will remain in place, protecting your property without the need to continually top it up with additional chemicals. At Southcape Pest Management we only use the best materials which have been stringently tested and our products offer a 50 year warranty.



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