Termite Inspections Brisbane

Keep termites at bay with regular inspections

Termites are capable of severe structural damage to your home. Osborne’s have inspected a Brisbane house that had over $200,000 worth of damage, and regularly see homes with over $20,000 of damage. Don’t let this happen to you by protecting your home with regular inspections!

Regular Inspections minimises the risk of Termite infestation and keeps a close eye on the development of conducive conditions before they cause a problem.

Osborne’s Pest Services specialise in the treatment of termites in and around Brisbane Queensland.

What is involved with a Termite Inspection?

A termite inspection is a thorough investigation of your property in Brisbane that will detect any termite infestation and identify any conditions that are conducive to termites.

As termite inspection specialists, we make recommendations on how you we can put in place control measures where your property is at greater risk of termites.

Termite damage in Australia to domestic homes exceeds 1 billion dollars each year. And that is to domestic homes only, it does not take into account commercial industrial bridges etc.  This is more than fire theft and flood damage combined. Your household insurance will not cover you for termite damage. If your home has an infestation we offer a range of termite treatment plans.

Osbornes are a locally owned business based in Brisbane. We service the local area and surrounding suburbs. Call us today for a free quote on 1300 672 676.

The inspection is your insurance policy against termites. Regular inspections can minimise the amount of damage done to your home and acting on recommendations can minimise your risk of getting them. At Osborne’s Pest Services we pride ourselves on our expertise in finding termites in homes in Brisbane and the Cold Coast. We inspect all areas of the property up to 50 metres from the building but within the boundary of the property.

We get into the roof as far as is possible. We thoroughly check all timber elements of the building, carrying out sounding tests to timbers and the walls. We crawl into your subfloor and inspect, if you have one. We provide you with a detailed report and advise you on your risk and how you can minimise it. That’s what makes us the termite inspection team that goes the extra mile!

While the most important tools are a good torch your eyes and ears we also use sounding equipment, thermal imaging camera’s moisture meters and borer scopes. None are a magic wand they are tools that assist in finding termites or conditions that encourage termites. Stay away from any company that claims they see into your walls as this is blatantly misleading.

Why you need to be VIGILANT and make the right choice.

Having regular termite inspections and ensuring who you are using is very good is of the utmost importance. I will give you 2 examples of what can happen if you neglect having inspections or go for the cheap option.

Located in Brisbane or surrounding area and need a termite inspection?

Case 1

This client bought a home with out having a pest report done. The result was about $30,000 of damage. He got off cheap as he did his own repairs.

Case 2

This client had a pest report done but didn’t want to spend a lot of money.

The cost to repair the termite damage the Pest Inspector did not find was $211,000.00 To pull the house down and rebuild it was only $207,000.00. Make sure you have a good inspector.

Lucky for him the insurance company came to the party but he was still out of pocket by about $30,000-$40,000.

Products we use for treating termites include: Termidor, Sentricon, HomeGuard and Rapid Solutions.

Termite Treatments Brisbane

Osborne’s Pest Services provide a range of termite treatments and control measures here in Brisbane.

The most effective way to treat termites is through baits and the best system which is still bringing out the most innovated methods is Sentricon.

Treatment Types:

Chemical Application

The first method we offer to customers in Brisbane and surrounding areas is called a chemical application. You notice I do not use the word barrier because it is not a barrier it cannot stop termites. The Australian Standards clearly states all it can do is impede concealed entry. Termite control with chemical is applied after remote termite colony elimination has been achieved.

Now there is a right way and a wrong way to apply these applications. Traditionally external cement was drilled and the chemical pressure injected through the drill holes. This worked fine when we had the organochlorine chemicals pre July 1995. The sad news is with modern products this method is practically useless.

The most important things to consider when applying chemical to homes in Brisbane is what type of soil is on site and how are we going to apply chemical in a way that complies with the Australian Standards. Remember earlier I told you always get a standard compliant treatment not a label compliant treatment. All chemical companies are interested in is selling product.

Soil type is everything, too much sand and the product will not bond well. Meaning it can move and leave holes in the application. Too much heavy loam or clay and the chemical will not spread and will be Bio-unavailable meaning the termite can enter into the treated area and the chemical will not come away from the soil to kill it. So how does one then get the right soil in place? Soil replacement is the answer. We source a 75% sand and 25% loam mix which is perfect for most termiticides.

External cement areound homes in Brisbane is not a problem you simply cut a 310 mm strip out and carry out your soil replacement and application. This also allows you to remove all contaminants from the perimeter thus creating the perfect treated zone on the exterior of the building. Remember the pesticide must be applied to a certain depth and width to be effective and this cannot be done by drilling and injecting external cement. Cutting away external cement and doing soil replacement is how it should be done in the 21st century but most Pest managers are still living and working in the 20 century and won’t even consider offering this method to do the job properly. The good ones who understand what they should be doing will at least offer you this method but at the end of the day the choice is yours.And if you do it right it is expensive very expensive. But if you don’t do it right it could cost you a lot more.

That’s the exterior perimeter now what about the internal perimeter the penetrations where pipes come through your slab. These areas are extremely difficult to treat successfully so the construction must be considered before agreeing to any program. If you have a waffle pod constructed home do not accept a chemical job as it states very clearly in the Australian Standards this type of construction cannot be treated with chemical.

Baiting

Baiting is easily the most successful method used in treating termites in Brisbane which is backed by scientific research by over 30 universities. By placing a bait box over an active infestation and applying bait for the termites to feed on you allow them to do all the work. Because termites feed each other as well as the nymphs and the queen the toxin spreads quickly throughout the colony. Whilst not the fastest way of dealing with termites it is the most effective way of achieving remote colony elimination. You can see changes occurring to the termites the longer the program goes on the more you can monitor the effect thus with these observations you know you are achieving colony elimination.

A Sentricon termite bait with dead termites.

Dusting

Dusting for termites has its drawbacks. Simply most pest technicians in Brisbane do not have the skill nor the patience to carry this task out effectively. Also again termite species must be considered. Up till recent times Arsenic Trioxide was the preferred dust but this has now fallen by the wayside and for good reasons. The choice now is a Fipronil dust. Whilst it is effective against some species it has limits against multi nesting termite species. You will need to dust approximately 10% of the termite colony to achieve remote colony elimination. This in most instances is just not going to happen. Also poor technique most times means an over application of dust merely chases the termites out of the workings. And again the uneducated pest manager then claims colony elimination. Whilst we have a great deal of expertise in dustings this method has enough flaws for us not to use it.

Foam

foam is applied to the active termite workings. This method is very effective in killing the present termites but has very little hope in achieving the desired result of eliminating the termite colony. There are many factors including species of termite and where the colony is located. Most Pest Managers simply think they have eliminated the colony because they kill what is present, but nothing can be further from the truth. Foaming has virtually no hope of remotely controlling a termite colony and should only be used where major disturbance has occurred and there is little or no hope of remote colony elimination occurring or if the nest has been located.