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Termite Treatment

If you’ve found termites in your building, please try not to disturb the area. Simply talk to your trusted termite manager or contact us for advice on safely managing the infestation.

The most effective way to destroy the termite colony is to have a licensed pest management technician bait (using a chitin synthesising inhibitor CSI) where the activity is evident and monitor the bait “station” for the signs of colony collapse. This is the approach Holistic Pest Solutions use when treating termites.

Your Questions Answered

I think I have termites, what should I do?

The first and most important step is to ensure termites are not disturbed – and contact a trusted pest technician that can identify the species and give you transparent quality information on how to manage the problem safely and effectively.

Should I spray termites with household insect spray?

Please NO. This will encourage the termites not affected by the spray to “go to ground” and possibly find another feeding point. It is best to leave the area undisturbed so your technician can identify and bait the active termites.

Should I expose the area where I have found termites?

NO. Exposure to light will encourage the termites to “go to ground” and possibly find another feeding point. It is best to leave the area undisturbed so your technician can bait the active termites.

Why don’t you use residual sprays to get rid of termites?

Big question… we might need to meet for coffee. In the meantime, here’s the short answer…

Most pest control companies will topically treat the active termites with a chemical and then recommend a chemical soil treatment to stop the termites from making their way into the building. This requires “drenching” the soil around the building with 100’s of litres of emulsion through injection or trenching and flooding with a spray.

Products used for this purpose contain active agents (registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Society APVMA) for termite treatment including: arsenic tri-oxide, bifenthrin, (a synthetic pyrethroid), chlorpyrifos, fipronil, imidacloprid. These are residual chemicals meaning their active ingredient stays in the soil and acts on termites as they come into contact with it over a given period. Unfortunately their mode of action may have any of the following toxicity impacts: neurotoxicity, developmental or reproductive effects, endocrine disruption, carcinogenic effects and/or impacts on the environment. Many of these chemicals are regularly reviewed to identify impacts over time and history has shown the effects of some chemicals thought safe were not known for decades.

  • Residual sprays used inside buildings will leave residue on surfaces where people and pets can potentially be exposed to accumulative toxicity. This is an extra concern for humans with developing immune systems (infants and children) and those of us who are immune compromised.
  • Residual chemicals can potentially move into the environment having an impact on water ways, fish and birds. Children and animals playing in outdoor areas have potential to be exposed, especially with trenching and flooding.
  • Chemical manufacturers have labels advising spray handlers to dress in full protective clothing when applying many of these chemicals – we’ll let you decide what that might indicate. Our policy is that if we have to dress in full protective clothing there’s a risk to ourselves, others and the environment that we’re not willing to take.
  • Managing toxicity is heavily reliant on correct application which is regulated through the Health Department and often based on public vigilance and reporting of incorrect application. The public trust the registered technicians and often don’t know what needs reporting. There are trustworthy pest technicians doing great work but it’s not a perfect system, which is why at Holistic Pest Solutions, we base our standards on best practice integrated pest management.

As part of our ethical practice standards we have developed a chemical selection criteria to guide our work.

What is a Chitin synthesis inhibitor (CSI) and how does it work on termites?

CSI’s are growth regulators that inhibit the production of chitin. When CSI bait is ingested by termites their ability to produce chitin (the main component of an insect’s exoskeleton) is inhibited.

CSI bait is placed into a monitoring station, container or bag where termites are active. The termites then feed on the CSI bait and distribute it throughout the colony. Your technician will monitor and refresh bait stations until there is evidence the termite colony has collapsed.

How effective are baiting and monitoring systems?

Monitored CSI baiting systems are the only way that your technician can look for evidence that a colony has collapsed. This approach addresses the source of the termite problem as opposed to “blocking” them out with chemicals. An example of the structural consequence of chemical barriers sprays was a duplex we were called to where one side was chemically treated to eradicate termites, however the termites moved into the neighbouring vacant duplex and did considerable structural damage. Had the owner initially been given the option to have the termites treated using a monitored baiting system, the colony could have been destroyed limiting the damage to the adjacent property.

You can also see the benefit baiting over the use of residual chemicals view Why don’t you use residual sprays to get rid of termites?

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