Our recommendation would be to have one of our SAYFER Timber Pest Technicians attend your home and conduct a full thorough Termite Inspection and provide you with a highly detailed report of our findings and recommendations.
Termite Foaming Treatments
The aim of any foaming treatment is to treat as many worker termites with Termidor foam without disturbing them. The more galleries or the more termites foamed, the higher the chance the treatment will be a success.
No matter what method is used to treat the termites. Disturbance or disruption of the working galleries can easily result in the termites deciding that an invasion has compromised the security of the colony. If disturbed too much the workers begin to block off access from the area being treated. This will mean when it is time to treat the termites you could be treating pockets of termites that will not make it back to the nest and result in the nest reinfesting the structure.
At SAYFER PEST MANAGEMENT we use non repellent low toxicity chemicals that act slowly. Not only is this good safe practice but if we were to use a chemical that is too strong the termites will die too quickly. The termidor foam applied to the workings should not begin to affect the termites for at least 2-3 days. The termites are impacted by the foam directly or contaminated by the foam while using the galleries.
This will allow the termites to share the treatment amongst fellow colony members before dying. Therefore eradicating the full nest. On larger or more significant infestations a foaming treatment may not be the most cost effective way to eradicate the nest. In this case we would recommend baiting.
Above Ground Termite Baiting.
Direct feeding a termite infestation is a good way of ensuring the elimination of a termite infestation. The drawback of baiting termite activity is that it can become a timely process. The termite treatment cost can soon add up. The process of baiting is to feed the termite nest a mixture of cellulose (an ingredient in timber) with a non toxic chemical. The termites exposed to the termite bait are unable to form a normal exoskeleton.
Then when it comes time for the termites to moult or shed they die. The amount of bait required to kill the nest depends on its size. A small nest may only need 1-2 stations of bait which is around 400 grams. A very large nest or multiple nests attacking timber could consume upwards of 2 kilograms.
A big benefit of baiting the termites is that you can physically inspect the station and with a trained eye you can see if the termites are starting to look sick from feeding on the bait.
The termites change from a beige colour to a brighter white color. This means that the termites are suffering from bait intoxication. After the termites show these symptoms you can safely say that colony elimination is close. Foaming treatments on the other hand you are purley waiting for the lack of activity to confirm a successful treatment which isn’t necessarily 100% confirmation that the termite nest is completely eradicated.