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Termites Inspection & Treatment Gold Coast

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Top Dog Pest Control is expert in termite inspections & termite treatment for homes. Termites are insects that live in colonies and enjoy eating dead plants, dead trees, and wood. An infestation can cause extensive damage to your home or business, leaving you with an expensive repair bill. Prevention is always the best option.

For the best protection and prevention, a termite inspection should be carried out yearly, especially if you are located on the Gold Coast, as Queensland is home to the perfect weather for termites.

 

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Top Dog provides qualified technicians that utilise the latest technology and equipment whilst conducting termite inspections.

When termite activity is captured, our specialists are able to provide you with effective treatment options.

Top Dog pride itself on being approachable, in that we take the time to thoroughly explain problems encountered, treatment options, and preventative measures.

Want to find out what’s involved in a termite inspection or termite treatment? Contact our friendly team today!

Outdoor Termite inspection

Available Termite Treatment

After the first initial inspection, if any termite activity is located, we will create a strategic plan offering effective solutions, take into consideration that termite treatment may include a combination of alternative methods. We’ve highlighted some of the most common defenses in the war against termite infestation:

Wood termite treatment

Effective termite treatment of wood includes surface spray, injected spray, and foams. Borate wood treatments can also be used, which will kill any existing termites whilst preventing future infestation.

Soil termite treatment

Soil termite treatment is used in the surrounding area to exterminate any termites living within it. A trench is created as a barrier against the termites, to which the soil is then treated with a termiticide. This method not only exterminates termites but prevents future infestation.

Bait system

Baits are an important tool for the control and prevention of termites. Termite baiting systems contain wood attractive to termites, which is placed in the ground around the property. This system works as a monitoring station, where termites are intercepted prior to entering your home.

Termite Inspection Process

If you are getting a Termite Inspection at your house, you need to be confident that the process is being done correctly. At Top Dog Pest Control our team are experts in dealing with termites and have saved many homes from costly repairs. Termite inspections should be done at a minimum of every 12 months depending on the structure to ensure that your home is safe from this deadly pest. Let’s walk you through what will happen when you book a Termite Inspection with Top Dog Pest Control.

Start on the Outside

Your inspector will start on the outside of your house and check for evidence of any termite infestation. He will do a thorough check of your

  • Gardens
  • Fences
  • trees and any tree stumps

Our experts know where termites like to hide and will find them if they are there. Once they have checked the grounds of your property they will then move onto any external structures.

  • Sheds
  • Carports
  • Pergolas
  • Decks

When the inspector has finished with the outside of your property they will then move indoors.

Inside the House

Inside the house, they will inspect every room checking all

  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Skirting Boards

Whilst checking the inside of the house the inspectors will also check behind your showers and under windows for signs of moisture. Termites love moisture and it can be a main source of attractant for the pests, knowing the signs of moisture infiltration is a key part of the inspection.

Roof Void

This is an absolute must and should always be carried out, there have been many instances where Top Dog inspectors have turned up to homes and discovered termites in the Roof Void. As long as there is reasonable access to the roof void the manhole must be 400 x 500 to be considered reasonable access.

The manhole must also be accessible with a 3.6m ladder anything higher than that is deemed unsafe and can be recorded as a limitation on the report. Once access is gained for the roof void there must be at least 600 x 600 in the crawl space otherwise the inspector can refuse to do the inspection.

Sub Floor

If your house isn’t built directly onto a slab and you have a subfloor it must be inspected during the process. The crawl space must be a minimum of 400 x 400 to be inspected, if space is smaller than that it is very difficult to perform a safe inspection.

If the inspector deems that he can’t do the inspection he will have to note that in his report and report it as a limitation.

Tools of the Trade

Whilst there are many tools that can be used there are three that Top Dog Pest Control uses for every termite inspection and most inspections can be carried out only using these three tools

  • Moisture Meter
  • Sounding Device
  • Thermal Imaging Camera

The advent of using the Drone in termite Inspections has changed the game making access hard to get to spots. High roofs and decks can be inspected now with the drone doing all the hard work and keeping our inspectors safe on the ground.

Termite Protection Gold Coast

The Gold Coast’s a great place to live, unfortunately, termites also love it too, with one in three homes under threat of a termite invasion. The best way to protect your home and property is having physical termite protection designed for use on The Gold Coast, installed by the highly trained, fully accredited and qualified team of technicians at Top Dog Pest Control.

Every home needs termite protection, especially on The Gold Coast to protect your property as insurance policies don’t provide termite damage cover. Without a Gold Coast designed termite protection that comes with a full performance warranty and company guarantee, you could be open for a huge repair bill or even the loss of your building

Don’t wait until you see termites, as by that time they will be established and causing costly damage. Call us today for an obligation free quote and assessment. We can advise you on the best, most cost-effective treatment to safeguard your property for these destructive pests. Termites travel through the ground unseen, but a properly installed physical termite protection designed for Gold Coast conditions will stop them dead and prevent them gaining access.

If you already have a termite infestation our technicians will assess the situation and devise an appropriate treatment solution using only approved safe chemicals that follow strict guidelines that ensure the safety of everyone living on the property including children and pets.

The chemicals used are termite specific and will not affect the delicate balance of other animals in the area. They all comply with the National Construction Code and The Building Code of Australia as well as all local body by-laws and requirements, including The Australian Standards AS3660, 1-2024 & AS3660 2. -2017

We offer our customers a cost-effective, efficient, safe and reliable termite prevention and eradication service by providing complete chemical termite protection suitable for Gold Coast property conditions.

So act now and contact us today to safeguard your future and protect your investment from termites

Two major types of Termites on The Gold Coast

There are multiple species of termites, however, the Gold Coast contains two common species: the Subterranean Termite, and Drywood Termite (source: City of Gold Coast).

  • Subterranean termite
    Subterranean termites, also known as ‘white ants’ are highly destructive in nature. They create a nested structure with a nursery and foraging gallery system that must be a connection to the soil as a source of moisture. Galleries within timber have walls plastered with faeces whilst external galleries consist of mud or carton materials. Most termite species are subterranean inhabit.
  • Drywood termite
    Drywood termites live in galleries within timber or within very short bridging galleries between adjacent pieces of timber. They require no connection to the soil and maintain clear gallery walls. Faeces accumulate from free-running pellets or frass (excrement of insect larvae) with the consistency of coarse pepper.

Signs of Termites

  • Termite droppings are the very first thing you will notice. If you’ve already seen some, it’s time to call the experts for termite inspection – 1800 737 836
  • Wood tunnels are specific to termites but much harder to spot with the naked eye.
  • Windows and doors are hard to open – if you’re experiencing a stuck window or door, it might be time to call us. Termites greatly impact windows and doors by warping them, causing them to either cease movement or misshapen.

Worried you might have termites? Check out our guide to identifying a termite infestation.

 

Termite prevention

Termite infestation can be prevented. Here are some simple and useful tips by top dog the best team for termite inspection on the Gold coast to help prevent an infestation:

  1. Reduce moisture – termites love moisture, so it’s crucial that you reduce areas of increased humidity on your property
  2. Check for leaks – check the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and ground-level for any signs of a leak
  3. Reduce their food – termites are especially fond of wood and paper, so reducing these could prevent an infestation
  4. Keep mulch away from the house – if you’re fond of using mulch, ensure you not only keep it far away from your house but also make sure it has been treated with the appropriate insecticides
  5. Keep firewood secure – your firewood should be stored within a metal framework, rather than sitting around in your backyard or in a large heap on the dirt
  6. Book an inspection – yearly inspections carried out by a professional are crucial to the successful prevention of termites

The Termite Treatment Process 

There are three major Termite Treatments that you can use around your home and depending on how old your house is, where it is located and what it is constructed from will determine what treatment is best for your property. The experts at Top Dog Pest Control who are masters of eradicating termites will be able to offer the right solution to your termite issues. There are two forms of treatment processes –

  • Pre – Construction
  • Post Construction

What happens without termite protection [Real case on the Gold Coast]

If you are building a new home or undertaking major renovations, you should definitely be looking to install the appropriate termite barrier for your home. Whilst most treatments can be done after the fact the best and easiest way to have them installed during the building process. Top Dog Pest Control will work together with designers and builders to ensure that the best treatment process is used for your property.

  1. Pre-Construction

Physical Barriers

If you are building a new home or undertaking major renovations a physical termite barrier is your best option. They are installed during the building process and are a permanent solution that will require very little if any maintenance. There are many forms of physical barriers available for use on your home, in consultation with the designer and builder, Top Dog Pest Control will be able to recommend the most suitable product for your home.

  • Steel Mesh – A marine grade stainless steel mesh that is the gold standard for termite barriers. Termites can’t penetrate or even damage the Termimesh as the holes are too small for termites to squeeze through. Installed during construction it is applied around service pipes and in wall cavities to form an impenetrable barrier.
  • Plastic Shields – The plastic sheeting is laid under the slab of your house (new build) and works as a termite and moisture barrier for your home.
  • Chemically Impregnated Materials – Similar to the Plastic Shields the Chemically Impregnated Materials can be laid prior to construction to form a physical and chemical barrier for your home.
  • Concrete Slab edge – Leaving an exposed edge to your concrete slab can leave you with 75mm inspection zone for termites, allowing to you see the termites before they get to the house.
  • Metal Shield – full metal capping or Ant Capping is a similar solution to the concrete slab edge. Sheets of galvanised metal are put in place around your house during construction and Termites will have to find a way around the shield to get to the wood. This gives you more time to find the termites before they cause actual damage.

Post Construction

If you don’t have a physical termite barrier installed, then there are several options available to you, the team at Top Dog Pest Control will be able to suggest one of the following – 

Chemical Barriers

A Chemical Barrier is a liquid that is applied to the soil around the perimeter of your property. Depending on the design of your home will determine how much disturbance there is to your property, holes need to be drilled and sometimes appliances may need to be moved to get maximum coverage for your home. The team at Top Dog Pest Control will determine the best application for your property and only use the highest of quality chemicals.

Reticulation Lines

A network of piping is laid underground around your property and is filled with a chemical that disperses into the surrounding soil forming a termite barrier. This is a long-term solution, and the pipes can be replenished by a trained professional when required. This solution can also be done as a pre-construction option.

Bait Systems

A termite baiting system can be used in conjunction with a chemical barrier to give your house a higher level of protection.

Place around your house at an even spacing a discrete baiting system is buried in your yard is filled with chemically treated wood to attract termites to the bait and then poison the termite. The termite doesn’t die straight away, instead will take the chemical back into the nest and poison more termites. Top Dog Pest control only uses the best products ensuring that the baiting station is the perfect solution for your property. Some of the more commonly used products for baiting systems are –

  • Trelona
  • Sentricon
  • Extrerra

Once our expert technicians have inspected your home, they will determine what brand and application is best for your property. With years of experience in the field, the team at Top Dog Pest control are willing to have the tough discussions to ensure that you home is protected from the scourge of the Termite.

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