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$198 Termite Inspection

Non stop destruction. Are they hiding somewhere in your property?

Its been a tough few months, and the Covid future is uncertain.

But one thing you can count on is, termites aren’t in lockdown, they don’t follow health orders and they are continuing to attack homes which can cause tens of thousands of dollars in uninsured damage.

To try to help during these difficult times we have a limited special for only $198.00 for a Termite Inspection.

The usual price is $253.00 for an average sized home, so that is a massive saving!

A combined pest spray & termite inspection for $350.00…. limited time only. Normal pricing is $440.00.

Refer a neighbor who books a treatment for the same day and take an extra 10% off!!

Assassin Pest Control is an essential service and we are taking every precaution when it comes to ensuring we are covid safe before, during and after our visit to your home.

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Ever heard of a brand new home under attack by pests? We have!

Termites are fast moving insects. One would think that when constructing a brand new home it would take a while for a termite colony to take notice before moving in to attack, but that’s certainly not the case for one Sydney couple.

FIELD REPORT: 26 Termite Entry Points Found In New Sydney Home

When ASSASSIN PEST CONTROL got the call to inspect a 2 year old home, we weren’t at all surprised to find an infestation already taking place. On this occasion however it was a little more severe than would normally be anticipated with our technicians discovering 26 entry points made by subterranean termites over 180 lineal meters around the house!

The location of this beautiful home is semi rural on a large property, surrounded by many large trees & woodlands. For this reason the house was in fact placed in an ideal position for termites to take hold, and without the necessary termite defense system in place (termite baiting stations such as Exterra) it was basically a free reign for entire colonies!

In our client’s despair they were in need of a fast solution that would quickly stop the termites from doing any further damage and more to the point a solution that would keep the attackers at bay.

Fortunately for them, they hadn’t completed any landscaping work around the house and so there were no concrete paths or pavers laid. This made it much easier for us to prepare the grounds for an effective treatment.

This particular job involved the usual extermination process but we spent almost a week lowering the soil that surrounded the house so as to remove any easy access for the termites.

Black marks were made on the house using a permanent marker that would disappear should any termite activity return. Over 2 years later we are proud to say that not one of the marks have been disturbed and all 26 previous entry points remain clean.

The moral of this story is quite simple – when building a new home, incorporate a pest management strategy that includes termite baiting stations around the perimeter that will enable easier detection of termite activity before any considerable damage is done.

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Nasty surprise – termite mound under kitchen benchtop

It’s that time of year when things warm up in Australia and in 2016 we have seen some of the wettest springtime months on record. As we near Christmas and another New Year, termites have sprung in to action in response to some of the most ideal breeding conditions in recent years.

In this story we take a look at a job recently completed in early December of 2016 at a newly constructed 3 level home just outside of Sydney. The property was heavily treed and indeed a natural haven for subterranean termites and upon arrival it was apparent that we could well be faced with something significant.

Unwanted discoveries for holiday season

Our client was completely unaware of any problem until the upcoming holiday season festivities prompted some preparation in the bar room kitchen. Along with the lights initially tripping the circuit breaker in the electrical switchboard, when she went to open the top kitchen draw it was jammed and could not be budged with a hard pull. Upon investigation and to her surprise a mud mound was found between the bench top and the top of the kitchen drawers, in essence gluing the 2 surfaces together. The termite colony had built their mud tunnels in order to access the damp timbers around the kitchen.

For this unfortunate customer things only got worse. After discovering the relatively small mud mound in her kitchen, our client promptly addressed the situation with a call to Assassin Pest Control- but when she turned around to exit the kitchen, to her horror a 2nd much larger mud mound was found above one of the window sills!

It gets worse – another mud pile above 3rd level window sill!

How could these mounds be allowed to grow to such a size, you ask? This particluar area of the home is only used around Christmas time, so the colony was left unchecked. Even so, it does not take up to a year for termites to inflict this much damage on a home- infestations of this significance can quickly develop over a period of just 4 weeks. Termites are relentless and are particularly prevalent in homes built in heavily treed areas.

What about that circuit breaker?

That’s right- an electrical fault reared it’s head about the same time as the termite infestation. Coincidence? No. Termites caused the electrical fault too. They’ve caused it by building their mud tunnels at the back of the switchboard. Upon initial contact by a termite, it is essentially fried and causes an earth leakage in the circuit, tripping the breaker. Once the power goes off and things moisten up again, the termites continue building their tunnels without any problem.

The reason this type of problem sometimes continues is that when people go to their switchboards and turn the tripped breaker back on, they literally fry any of the termites that are in contact with the electrical wires behind the switchboard. The sudden burst of heat also dries out the mud tunnels which sets the colony back for a while. However, once again the area will eventually attract moisture and the pests will recommence their destructive ways!

Treating Severe Termite Infestations

At Assassin Pest Control we’ve unfortunately seen this type of scenario plenty of times before. Infestations of a sever nature cannot always be controlled with a single application of chemical, and so 2 simultaneous treatments are required.

  1. Chemical Treatment for soil. In this case we use our preferred Termidor Termite Treatment after we excavated a small portion of the soils around the perimiter of all buildings on the property.
  2. Baiting System. This is critical for us to establish a better understanding of the behavior of the colonies at the property and to monitor their activity. First we determined the best spot for the base station and it was decided that underneath a concrete footpath adjacent one of the largest trees on the property would be ideal. We returned to the property and discovered another colony had reached the bait station in just under 4 weeks. A secondary chemical treatment was then applied to exterminate them.
Termite bait station used to control the colony
Close up of termite baiting station

As you can see with severe infestations, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution that can be applied within a few hours. Termite problems of this degree require a high level of experience from pest controllers together with ongoing inspections of bait stations, and further pest eradication as needed.

As a home owner, it’s your absolute worst nightmare. Total devastation hits you & your family hard when the discovery of termites uncovers an even greater dilemma- the total destruction of your home from the inside out.

This was the unfortunate reality for river cottage owners Neil & Lesley who at first thought they only had a mild white ant problem. When the flooring in their bedroom upstairs seemed to be going saggy underneath the carpet, we were very quickly appointed to take care of the apparent termite infestation they had in the building.

“We thought we could hear mice burrowing in the roof, so we weren’t too worried about it.” Says property owner Lesley.

“We put out some rat bait thinking it would do the trick, but then a few months later the floor started giving way, so we realised then it must have been the sound of termites boring into the wooden floorboards that we could hear at night.”

During this early stage everything was pretty straightforward- a well established termite colony was identified & exterminated, the source of their destruction coming from a pair of nearby River Red Gum trees. Once the termites were removed from the building & trees, bait stations were placed around the property to prevent any further attacks from re-occurring. The building seemd to be intact and the damage to the floor was considerable, though it didn’t need immediate replacement as it was still safe to walk on & the house was only a holiday home & not used every day of the year.

Some 12 months later Neil & Lesley began renovations on the downstairs area of their cottage. While they expected to uncover some traces of termite activity when removing wall panels, they never dreamt of the discovery that was to follow. As you can see in the pictures, termites had all but completely destroyed a major percentage of the building and had in fact been busy boring out all of the wood for many years. A heartbreaking moment for the pair- what was part of their retirement plans quickly turned into a much heavier financial burden.

Further investigation uncovered more and more damage throughout the cottage and before long came the realization that not only was there zero chance of continuing with their renovation plans, the building required a full demolition.

As you may know, there isn’t an insurance policy in Australia that covers for termite damage. This means the property owners bear the full cost of demolition & clean up, along with the obvious considerable cost of rebuilding.

How could this have been prevented?

In this particular case, there is a good chance that the termites were already active when Neil & Lesley purchased the property. Had the building been inspected prior to purchase they could have acted accordingly a lot sooner and perhaps prevented so much damage from occurring, or at least had the matter considered as far as agreeing on a purchase price for the property.

This illustrates how critical a pest or termite inspection is when buying a property.

However, had there been no active termites during the period they purchased the property, there wasn’t anything from stopping them invading shortly afterwards. Bait stations should have been in place much sooner and regular termite inspections should have taken place.

Don’t let this happen to you. Arrange a termite inspection NOW.

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A Common Site For Sydney Pest Control Companies.
Something anyone building a new home should consider. Words by Darryl Quinn.

I think sometimes it’s not what you know about the chemical, but you have to understand how termites work and understanding different building techniques is very important whether it be a brick veneer home, whether it be a full brick or whether it be a Besa Block constructed building. Whether it be a raft slab, an in fill slab or whether it’s on bearers and joists. And certainly we have done homes that are full brick. Full brick construction, but yet termites have made it upstairs into the roof line because there’s a break in a roof tile or two, the water’s running down the roofing timbers, finds its cavity on the external walls of the building, runs in that brick cavity, the termites find that moisture. Because the bricks are porous, they retain the moisture and away they go.

So if that moisture is continually running down there on a frequent basis there might be a leaking bathroom upstairs. A classic example, we had a job about six months ago at West Pennant Hills, three stories high. The termites were in the third floor. Okay, they’d found their way up the hole from the bottom in an enclosed veranda which was bricked in, timber formant left in place and we could see the termites there ever before we opened up a hole to get in there. But yet the termites were in the cavity sliding door up in the bathroom… third-storey high!

So, you know. They’re pretty keen.

If you’re going to build a house, a lot of people go “Well alright, I’m going to build a steel frame”. Steel frame doesn’t necessarily protect you from termites; it’s all about what you do at the time of construction. There are certain things you can do to minimize your risk and if you’re building in a raft slab which is a traditional concrete construction these days, you can put TermiMesh in, you can put in Renoguard or even better still- leave the edge beam exposed, which is your physical barrier.

For the termites to get in they’ve got to build their mud shelter tubes up the outside edge, scavenge the water out and get in to your brick work that way, into your bottom plate and away they go.

You know, I suppose if everyone had the choice you’d probably build full brick but sometimes housing, especially for project builders it’s cost prohibitive. They are going to do things the most economical way and the quickest way and not necessarily what we, as pest controllers, think as the best way. Apart from buying property, the maintenance issue is a great influencing factor on what people do around the house.

Termites and the damage that they do and the problems they cause aren’t one of those finances that are factored into owning a property. Certainly, you know, every termite job is different. You know people will look at how much is it going to cost and this is even over the phone, and you know it’s a bit like the doctor trying to examine someone- you don’t know until they cut him open and that’s the same with us. We get to a property, and we cut open the property in a sense that we do an invasive inspection to see where the real problems are.

People sometimes they assume because they’ve got a problem with this room that’s where the termites are getting through, well that’s far from it. You can have an entry point 3 or 4 meters away but they’re travelling along the bottom plate and they’ve just appeared at that spot. So you need to be smart enough to work your way around that.

We had a job out at Dural in about ’03. Brand new home, 2 years old, big property, on acreage…26 entry points! 180 lineal meters around the house and luckily the clients hadn’t done any landscaping. All they did was backfill with sand and soil, no concrete paths, no paving, they sat at idle because they were working out what they were going to do with the landscaping because they’re on an acreage and we lowered all their soil levels for them and it took us 9 days to do that job.

From WOAH to GO by the time we lowered all the soil levels, treated it and we found 26 entry points so we used a permanent marker on their brickwork and on their render. Those marks are still there today and they’ve never had a problem since. So it’s not about the chemicals it’s about how you do things whilst your applying that chemical. Again it gets back to understanding certain building techniques because every property is different. You need to structure this problem associated to this property and not have a blanket 1 fix all system because they don’t work. What works on 1 property doesn’t work on the next.

Certainly you know certain products we favour, you know we certainly favour the non solvent based chemicals these days. One- from our point of view, because we’re dealing with them all day; secondly is the customers point of view because the last thing they want to be doing will be moving out for a day or 2 because they’ve got a solvent smell through the property; and number 3 they have a tendency to work a lot better as well. So, and you know obviously they’re a little bit dearer to use but then you know at the end of the day it’s a very small portion of the property itself.