Victorian Building Authority
Regular termite inspections are the cornerstone of effective termite management in your home. With ever-changing conditions, the risk of a termite attack can vary over time and only a trained eye can spot early signs of termite activity and inform you of the specific risks your home faces against a possible termite invasion.
At Guardian, we recommend annual inspections for most homes, done by one of our experienced technicians in accordance with the national standards AS 3660.2:2017.
Our Residential Prevention Plans are another way to access our inspection services and is the best value for those looking for comprehensive, year-round protection against most pests.
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When it comes to termites, prevention is always better than a cure.
Unfortunately, we regularly see the effects termites can do on a home that hasn’t been protected. While a termite treatment can remove an active termite infestation from your home and protect against future attacks – the structural damage caused is expensive to replace and can be devastating for families.
Major structural damage caused by termites is a significant risk in Australia and with most home insurance policies not covering damage caused by termites, a preventative termite treatment is your best, and sometimes only, way to ensure you are protected against the physical and financial threat imposed by termites.
At Guardian, we use the best commercially available soil-barrier and termite baiting systems to prevent a termite invasion. Our treatments can also knock out nearby termite colonies that may be outside your property in neighbouring trees, stumps or retaining walls, further reducing the risk of damage to your home.
For a long term termite management plan, call or message us to arrange a visit from one of our technicians. They will outline the best-suited plan to ensure your home is covered for years to come.
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With modern-day techniques, an active termite problem can safely and effectively be removed from most homes.
If you have noticed signs of termite activity in your home, or we have uncovered it through a termite inspection, is important not to panic as it is unlikely your home is going to fall in around you. Instead, leave the identified activity alone (as disruption may jeopardise the effectiveness of a termite treatment), and call or message us to discuss the best termite treatment plan for your home.
Through direct treatment of termite workings in addition to a soil barrier or baiting system, live termite can be expelled from your home and prevented from returning in the future. Our technicians have effectively removed hundreds of active termite populations from Australian homes in our 35 year history and helped restore order to these homes.
The large majority of termite management systems installed in Australia are chemical barriers applied to the soil, however, termite baiting is another option for homes where a chemical barrier is ill-suited.
Termite baits work by luring in nearby termites and providing them with a higher palatable feed-stock containing a chemical that ultimately results in colony elimination.
The termite baits only attract termites in a small radius from the station, so you don’t need to worry about attracting far-away colonies into your home, but stations will need to be placed in regular intervals (about every three meters) to provide protection around the full perimeter of your home.
Installing and monitoring a termite baiting system is a highly sensitive process and should only be trusted to specialist pest management operators. Call or message us to have one of our baiting specialists assess the suitability of your home to a termite baiting system.
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When buying a new home or investment property there is always a risk that its previous owners didn’t take the necessary measures to protect the property against timber pests.
You don’t want to drop your life savings on a lemon that is riddled with termites, wood-rot or borer damage, and you should be well informed about the condition of the property and the risks it faces against future termite attack.
A pre-purchase pest inspection is an essential step in the buying process to be confident your purchase won’t result in future financial pain caused by your inherited pest problem.
Our pre-purchase inspections come with a professionally prepared report informing you of the timber pest activity at the property and level of risk at the property.
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Termites cause more damage to Australian houses than fire, floods and storms combined – and the damage may not be covered by household insurance.
Concealed in locations that often go undetected, termites destroy timber internally, leaving only a very thin layer to protect them from the outside environment. There is no predictable pattern to termite damage – infested sites can be found in roofs and even high-rise buildings.
If you are building, extending or renovating within an area your local council has designated to be subjected to termite infestation, you must have some form of management against termite attack. Check with your council.
We strongly recommended that before you buy a house, you have an expert inspect it for termite activity.
Engage a properly qualified, experienced and insured pest inspector to provide a report on the house. The report should include the details of any termite management system that has been installed, and on the materials used for critical structural elements.
The entire Mornington Peninsula Shire has been determined and designated as subject to infestation by termites, in accordance with Regulation 150 of the Building Regulations 2018.
All new houses within the Mornington Peninsula Shire, including extensions, must have some form of termite management in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3660.1. The only exceptions apply to detached Class 10 buildings, such as a shed, garage or carport.
The two termite management options include:
Termite protection requires ongoing maintenance to remain effective. If you are unsure of the status of your termite management system, we recommend engaging a termite expert to conduct a full inspection. It is a good idea to engage professionals to manage the ongoing maintenance of your termite management system.
While not directly harmful to humans, termites cause significant economic and physical harm through the damage they do to our buildings. 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.
With an insatiable hunger for the cellulose contained in timber building products, termites can infest your home and cause significant damage. Initially, termites will operate in complete anonymity, entering your wall or floors through the surrounding soils. Only with a keen eye and the right tools will early termite damage be detected.
In more advanced cases, visible signs such as sagging floors, damaged door or window frames, or alate flights may alert you to a termite problem. If you have noticed these or other signs of termite damage there are two things you need to do.
The first is don’t panic – with the right professional treatment, an active termite problem can be controlled and your home can be protected against future damage.
The second is that it is important that you leave suspected termite damage undisturbed, as breaking open timbers or attempting to treat the area with aerosol may cause the termites to retreat into other areas of your home. Instead, call or message us today and our team can provide you with the best possible advice on how to control the problem.
If you’re like most and would rather protect your property before there is a problem, we offer annual termite inspections and preventative termite treatments to keep them at bay. This is our recommended treatment option as prevention is always better than a cure.
Termite treatments last between 5-10 years depending on the chemical used – if you’ve had your house treated in the past, check your meter box for a treatment sticker and see if it’s time to have your property treated again.
While chemical treatments are the most common tool in a pest management technicians arsenal, non-chemical options are available. The efficacy of termite baiting has improved in recent times, and with expert care, it may be used as an effective treatment option for non-standard termite treatments or in sensitive environments where chemical treatments should be avoided.
At Guardian, we will use the best commercially available treatment options and will work with you to preserve your property.
Call us now to create an annual Prevention Plan or book a free inspection now.
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