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Inspection FAQ

Why is it important to have a termite inspection?

One in three homes in Australia will be affected by termites (white ants) at some stage. Termites are by far the most destructive timber pests in Australia.

Termites pose a real threat to both new and existing homes and buildings. These silent invaders often go undetected until severe damage is done. Most insurance policies do not cover termite damage.

A correctly installed and completed termite barrier systems cannot completely guarantee prevention against termite attack.

How often should I get a termite inspection?

We strongly recommend that a full termite inspection is carried out on all properties every 12 months.

Why should I have my home inspected every 12 months?

It is recommended that dwellings should be inspected every 12 months as potential damage by termites over this period is usually manageable. For properties that have been assessed as high risk, inspections should be more frequent.

I've had my home treated, why do I need an annual inspection?

Disturbances of treated areas can often occur unbeknown to the home owner which can lead to termites breaching the termiticide barrier. If physical termite barriers are installed these will expose termite egress which is then detected by the inspector, before major structural damage occurs. There is no 100% guarantee that following treatments, termites will not return. This is why it is essential that your property is inspected at least every 12 months.

Pre-construction FAQ

Do I need termite protection for my new building or extension?

Yes, the Australian Standards 3660.1-2014 Termite Management Part 1 : New Building work and 3660.2-2014 Termite Management Part 2 : In and around existing buildings and structures requires that all new buildings be treated with an approved termite management system to deter subterranean termite attack. The system must be installed by a qualified and licenced pest technician.

Do you have any chemical free options?

Guardian Pest Control technicians are qualified to install both physical and chemical termite management systems. Advice should be sought early in the planning stage of the building project to determine the most effective system to install.

Will I be charged for a quote?

Guardian Pest Control offers free estimates and advice on all pest control jobs, including pre-construction termite management.

At what stage do I need to treat my new building or extension?

Call Guardian Pest Control for friendly advice or contact us to request a complimentary checklist for project managing the termite protection component of your building project.

Other FAQ

Why should I use a licensed pest controller?

A competent pest controller understands the habits of pests, how they work, and where they are most likely to be found. They are experienced in detecting pest activity and recognising conditions that are conductive to infestation. Most importantly an experienced technician is able to tailor each treatment, by suggesting the best termiticide or pesticide and its application to each individual site.

Termites FAQ’s treatment & control

I have found live termites (white ants), what should I do?

If you locate live termites (white ants) it is important that the workings are not disturbed until the method of management has been determined. Attempts to treat, repair or replace infested timber may cause the termites (white ants) to withdraw from the area and hinder the effective eradication of the termites. Damaged timber should only be replaced after the termites have been eradicated.

How much does it cost to have my house treated for termites (white ants)?

Costs vary widely, as there are many factors to take into account when treating a house for termites (white ants), i.e. the size and structure of the house, access and preparation etc. This is why we suggest you arrange a time for one of our experienced technicians to come out to your property to give an obligation free quote. There is no cost associated with this service.

Is the treatment safe for my family and pets?

Guardian Pest Control’s trained technicians apply safe, modern termiticides when treating your property for pests. Please follow all directions regarding the time required to be away from your property to allow the pesticides to dry completely.

Do I have to vacate my property when the treatment is carried out?

You are required to vacate your house from the moment our technicians arrives, it is strongly recommended that you and your pets stay away from the property for 6-8 hours to ensure the chemical has had enough time to dry.

How often should I get my house treated against termites?

It depends on which chemical has been used to treat your property against termites as the life expectancy may vary. Generally speaking most chemicals will keep your property protected anywhere between 5-8 years providing the barrier has not been disturbed. It is strongly recommend that you continue to get annual termite inspections to ensure your property is termite free.

Is there a warranty on your treatment?

Treatments without limitations have a 12 month warranty period.

How can I prevent termites from entering my home?

Arrange to have your property professionally inspected annually by a licensed pest controller. Replace untreated timber garden surrounds or retaining walls with termite resistant materials. Eliminate sources of excess moisture such as faulty plumbing, leaks, or dampness caused by poor drainage. Rake garden beds away from structures to expose weep holes and the edge of concrete slabs. Remove any loose timber, trash and areas of direct wood to soil contact around your property. Remove any dead trees and stumps since they are nesting site for subterranean termites.