Termites – Inspection Costs, Control and Treatment
The effects of termite damage.
A termite infestation is a nightmare that no homeowner wants to face. The damage can devastate the entire structure of a home, ruining your living space and depreciating the value of your primary investment. With a professional termite inspection costing from as little as $300* ex GST, it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.
(*Price depends on size, style, and ease of property access.)
The longer you leave a Termite Inspection the more damage you will face!
- Termites cause more damage to Australian homes than bushfires, storms, and floods combined.*
- Termite attack is prevalent throughout most urban areas.*
- 1 in 3 Australian homes suffer termite damage.*
- The majority of standard Home & Building insurance policies do NOT cover termite damage, meaning you foot the bill.*
(*Based upon CSIRO date.)
If you spot any of the following signs of termite damage, contact us immediately.
- “Termite Mud” – Small mud-like tunnels resembling straws.
- Hollow sounding wood.
- Changes to window and door closure.
What does termite treatment cost?
It is important to have a thorough inspection conducted as part of any Termite Treatment strategy. The Inspection process will uncover important information that determines our Treatment strategy. In addition, during an inspection we will often see conditions conducive to termites, such as moisture problems, water leaks, or termite affected trees that may also need to be managed in conjunction with effective treatment to ensure we are minimising your risk of a recurrence.
As a general guide, we offer a range of treatment methodologies depending upon the design of your house and other factors. Typically, treatment will include a protection step to mitigate the risk of future termite incursion. Termite protection can also be applied to structures in high risk areas to manage the risk of termite attack and can last up to 10 years.
A tailored termite treatment proposal will be presented to you upon completion of a termite inspection. The cost of treatment depends on a range of factors such as severity of the infestation, the extent of the termite damage, the size and access of your property, and the specific species of termites. Termite treatment costs will vary, but most treatments would be $2,500 – $4,000.
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Had Simon and Rory inspect my place for termites. They were polite, thorough and patient in answering all my questions and alleviating my termite concerns. Service by all including Emma was outstandingly professional. Highly recommend Noah’s Ark.
Who we are.
Noah’s Ark Pest Control is your premier solution for termite treatment and control. Termite treatment is our speciality and we do it right, saving you time and money. All our treatments include warranties and are compliant with the latest Australian Standards (AS3660).
What we can do to help.
When it comes to termite treatment, control, and termite inspection, you can’t afford to cut corners. Noah’s Ark Pest Control delivers expert termite control services with the latest high-tech approach to protect your home, family, or business from the ravages of termite attack. Contact us today and we can:
- Conduct a comprehensive termite inspection using the latest technology.
- Customise a termite treatment plan.
- Install preventative measures such as termite barrier treatments.
- Arrange essential pre-purchase property inspections for peace of mind.
For expert, cost-effective termite treatment and control in Melbourne contact the specialists at Noah’s Ark Pest Control. Our friendly team is happy to answer any questions you may have about termite control in Melbourne and guide you through the process. We are available 24/7 to arrange your termite inspection.
Call for a FREE phone consultation today! (03) 9372 2670
Emma at Noah’s Ark was just fabulous when I learned I had termites at a property I owned. While I was panicked she explained the whole process, got her tech to inspect the property within a couple of hours and had a solution the same day. Excellent company to work with. Professionalism with care. Thank you!
What exactly are termites?
What exactly are termites? This overview will give you an understanding of the basics and why regular termite inspections are crucial for termite control.
Termites are subterranean social insects that live in colonies or groups that can number in the millions. Termites, sometimes referred to as “white ants,” are known for consuming wood as their main food source. They can be extremely variable in terms of how they look, with different sizes, shapes and colours; however, there are some similarities.
All types of termites are in the Isopteran order. While sometimes called “white ants,” they are actually not in the ant family. In fact, they are more closely related to cockroaches, although highly modified.
The most common species encountered in Victoria and Melbourne is from the subterranean Coptotermes order. There are several distinct sub species commonly found in Victoria. Coptotermes acinaciformis , Coptotermes frenchi and Coptotermes lacteus all of which can enter structures and cause serious damage to timber components. Correct identification is an important step in effective treatment.
“Magnetic termites” live in mounds above ground, while others like the Nasutitermes species lives in elevated nests in tall wooden structures such as telephone poles. The Coptotermes species resides in structures in contact with the ground such as trees, stumps, fences, woodpiles, sheds, and even the timber portions of your home.
Termite colonies are divided into castes as follows:
Worker – Takes care of tunnelling and food supply.
Soldier – Defends against intruders.
Reproductive (alates) – Contributes to future generations of the colony.
Worker and soldier termites are sterile and do not reproduce. However, all termites consume the cellulose that is found in wood, paper and cardboard as well as grass and other elements of nature.
Termites tend to be stealthy, staying out of sight while consuming a wooden structure from the inside out. Termite inspections are the best way to determine if you have termites so that you can take action early.
Noah’s Ark Pest Control can assist you with a termite inspection and create a termite treatment plan to control the infestation. We can also assist with removal of other wood-boring insects like furniture beetles, Queensland pine beetles, powderpost beetles, ambrosia beetles and greenwood longicorns.
Signs and symptoms of termite infestation
The signs of termite infestation include the following:
“ Termite mud ” – Termite waste creates a mud-like substance termites use to form tunnels. However, this substance is often hard to spot as it is most often behind structures or walls. Our Termite experts will conduct a thorough termite inspection to detect termite entry points, which can look like mud tunnels or mud tubes, allowing them to enter a building without being exposed. It is best to consult a Termite professional as these tell-tale signs are often not recognised by homeowners and those not familiar with termite behaviour.
Hollow-sounding wood – Wood that has a hollow, echoing sound when tapped or knocked is likely infested with termites. There are subtle visual clues our Termite experts look for when conducting a termite inspection. Termite damage to timber components and flooring may not be obvious to homeowners, but will be quickly spotted by our Termite experts.
Changes to door and window closure – The mud-like excrement left by termites can trap moisture and heat into wood, causing it to swell. This can make doors and windows more difficult to open and close.
Cracking at cornices and door jams – While cracking can have a number of causes, sometimes structural damage caused by termites can lead to cracks.
Collapsing timber – Wood that has suffered extreme termite damage can actually cave in when bumped or pushed. Often homeowners uncover Termite damage to hardwood areas such as skirting boards, doorframes, and architraves when vacuuming or cleaning and the timber breaks open. It is important for future termite treatment options and to protect other areas of your home that You Do Not Disturb affected areas. If Termite damaged areas are disturbed Termites will retreat and move to a new ‘feeding’ site causing damage to other timber. If you uncover timber damage please consult our Melbourne termite specialists as they will happily advise you on how best to proceed. You are also welcome to provide images of affected areas and our operators will identify whether it is indeed termite damage or other timber pest damage.
Typically, evidence of termites indicates significant damage is already being done, as these insects work quietly and insidiously to avoid being detected.
There are some areas are a higher risk of Termite attack than others, for example often proximity to train lines, parklands and rivers can create high environmental risk. There is also a classification, although somewhat outdated, known as ‘Declared Zones’. These are specific Council areas that are designated as higher risk.
Our Operators are happy to advise on your options to ensure you are fully informed on your risk and options for protecting your home.
Annual Termite Inspections conducted by Noah’s Ark Pest Control Termite experts are an important service designed to inform homeowners about the status of Termites, any emerging risk factors and how to minimise your risk of Termite attack. That’s what makes an annual termite inspection from Noah’s Ark Pest Control so important. Our Termatrac T3i system can literally see through walls, floors and ceilings to detect termite movement so that action can be taken at the earliest phases of infestation. Our highly trained technicians follow Australian Standards and are fully licensed and insured. Call us to schedule your Melbourne termite inspection today to know your termite treatment cost. Our Termite Inspectors are Termite experts, who will thoroughly inspect all areas of your home. All our termite inspections include a detailed report.
Termite behaviour patterns
Termites can nest in a wide variety of places; these can include old building materials, tree stumps, soil fill, underneath structures, in cavity walls, and in just about any wooden component of your home. They can even build colonies under concrete slabs and in the trees in your yard. Peppercorns, eucalypts, elms, and imported oak are some of their favourites. Even if a termite nest is some distance from a building, they can tunnel up to 100m from the nest to feed on the wood they find there. A thorough termite inspection and control service for termites will ensure your property is safe and protected.
Termite reproduction and flying termites (Alates)
The queen and king termites reside in their own chamber at the colony’s centre, producing eggs and coordinating the daily activities of soldier and worker termites. There is usually one queen per termite nest measuring up to 4 cm in length. Queen termites are extremely active and can lay as many as 40,000 eggs per day. The queen also is able to live an astounding 40 years in some cases. Typical termite populations in a colony are around 70,000 – 100,000.
Usually Termite colonies take around 5 x years to fully mature and get to a stage where they will release alates. Termite alates refer to the sexually mature termites (‘reproductives’) and include both females and males. While the worker and soldier termite castes are sterile and cannot reproduce, alate termites ensure the continuation of the colony.
The alate (reproductive) termites can fly and tend to do so in the warmer summer months when humidity is higher at night. An alate swarm is quite a sight, as they will often release hundreds if not thousands of winged Termites. Termite alates are not good flyers and will often fly only a short distance. They are also highly attracted to light, so a swarm around external lights and a pile of discarded wings may be a clue there is a mature Termite colony nearby. This is also their mating season, and afterward they can tunnel in the ground to begin a new colony. While in flight, however, flying termites are vulnerable and many of them perish due to predators or exposure.
Alate termite flight often occurs when homeowners are away. It can be extremely alarming to return to a home that is suddenly teeming with winged insects. Alates are often found near carpeting or moving toward windows as they are attracted to light. However, they cannot live long when exposed in this way and will often die off in large groups in the home.
Noah’s Ark Pest Control are experts in diagnosing what type of termites you have via a thorough termite inspection so that the best course of action can be taken. This is crucial to both addressing the current termite problem and taking steps so that there aren’t any future issues.
Signs of termites
Determining if you have a problem with termites can be somewhat challenging, since these destructive pests aren’t typically seen in the open. Termites are colony insects & the main species we manage in Victoria and Melbourne are subterranean, making it hard for the untrained eye to see them. They will generally prefer a dark, enclosed, and humid environment. As a result, they often aren’t detected in a structure until major damage is already done.
Termite protection, usually a soil treatment, is considered best practice for protecting a structure against Termite attack. The chemicals used are safe for residents and will last for around 10 years. Costs for this will range depending upon design of house and access. Our Operators will be happy to discuss options with you. Alternately implementing a program of annual termite inspections, conducted by a fully accredited Termite expert will at least ensure your home is thoroughly assessed for any signs of termite attack or emerging risk factors. An expert termite inspection from Noah’s Ark Pest Control allows Melbourne residents to take action at the earliest signs of termite activity. Termite treatment and installing termite protection is essential in helping to preserve the integrity of a property.
Detecting termite damage early
The main signs of the presence of termites involve damage to the structure of a home or building. This makes an annual comprehensive termite inspection crucial to monitoring for early signs of termite damage. It is worth noting that we see an even spread of termite attacks across timber and brick homes, new and old, on stumps and on concrete slabs. Where termites are present environmentally their endless search for timber (termite food) will take them into houses regardless of structure, house type, or age. Typically, vulnerable areas are the sub floor in elevated structures and around plumbing penetrations or ‘wet areas’ in concrete slab houses. The good news is there are some basic things you can do to minimise termite attack.
Our Operators are always happy to discuss your concerns and even review images of Timber damage, should you suspect Termites.
As a warning to homeowners who may uncover signs of termite damage we would always advise to call an accredited termite operator for advice. Importantly, we always caution homeowners to avoid disturbing the area, as when uncovered, termites will retreat and move to a ‘new’ feeding site, potentially attacking other timbers in your home. The temptation to interfere with an affected area or spray with fly spray is the worst thing you could do. Good operators will be able to give you solid advice over the phone as to potential treatment costs.
We offer our customers a free ID service, where photos of the affected area, damaged timber or insects can be provided and we will have one of our termite experts review and provide advice. Upload your photo on the right.
Some of the warning signs of termites include:
Changes to doors and windowsOne of the first signs of termite attack in timber is a swelling or softness to timber. As
termites consume the timber in a structure, they leave mud-like excrement. This serves to protect termites from drying out and is designed to trap in moisture and heat. This often causes the wood to swell, making it harder to close doors and open windows.
Hollow or crinkling woodTermites eat from the inside out and often stop at a piece of timber’s exterior. As a result, the wood becomes almost hollow and can make a crinkling or echoing sound when tapped.
Collapsing woodTimber with extreme termite damage will actually cave in with minimal pressure when tapped or struck. Bumping against a door jam, a skirting board, or an architrave will damage wood that has been infested with and consumed by termites.
Visible termite mud
Termites build a mud-like substance that protects termites from ‘drying out ‘ and allows them to breach or travel over non-timber material such as concrete, steel, paving etc. These mud or earth structures are called ‘workings’ and are often seen as evidence, to the expert eye, of where termites have entered a property. It can be difficult to detect this substance since it is often under the house in the sub-floor or behind the plaster or gyprock; however, it can at times be seen over concrete stumps or bricks of the foundation.
The presence of any of these signs or symptoms indicates termites have entered the property and damage is probably already being done. It is crucial to your home’s integrity to seek professional termite treatment services and control in Melbourne. If you see any of these signs of termites, call Noah’s Ark Pest Control as soon as possible to have this issue addressed.
Even if you don’t see the signs, remember that termites are often not easy to spot. A Melbourne termite inspection will advise you on how to minimise your risk of termite attack or if you are purchasing a home we can even detect whether there has been termite activity or a previous treatment undertaken at that property. That’s what makes an annual termite inspection so invaluable. Trust Noah’s Ark Pest Control to take care of existing termites as well as verifying that your home is free of pests each year.
If signs of termites are detected, we can perform expert termite treatment services before the damage progresses. We’ll determine the ideal course of action to ensure your termite issue is fully resolved. We also offer a pre-purchase termite inspection service giving you peace of mind before your next big investment.Termite muddingTermite mudTermite mudMoisture Trap
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Pre-Purchase Termite Inspection
It is imperative that a professional termite inspection is conducted in the early phases of a property purchase, or for a regular inspection in your current property. Once you have selected a property please feel free to contact our operators for advice. If you are purchasing as a private treaty we can advise you on what Conditions to include in your offer to protect you in the event Termites were detected during our inspection. We will liaise with real estate agents and vendors on your behalf to ensure pre-purchase pest inspections are performed quickly. We work with you every step of the way to supply a detailed report and valuable information on your risk level, whether there have been Termites treated at the property, and if termites were uncovered a detailed termite treatment proposal illustrating the extent of the damage, and how much the pest or termite treatment will cost, usually delivered within 24 hours.We also offer pre-construction termite inspections in Melbourne for those looking to assess and treat the ground they are building on.
For the most trusted name in pre-purchase property pest control call (03) 9372 2670 for Noah’s Ark Pest Control. Be absolutely sure there is not more to the purchase of your Melbourne home than meets the eye with our professional pest control services.
Annual termite inspection is key to staying free of termites
Termites can be stealthy and difficult to spot, and once they make their presence known, damage has already been done. That’s why an annual termite inspection is so important for early detection and making sure termites haven’t begun an infiltration.
Our Termite inspectors are experienced experts and understand the behaviour and biology of termites ensuring signs of Termite activity are detected quickly. Noah’s Ark uses the most innovative termite detection technology, Termatrac T3i, to find termites early. The Termatrac T3i is the only device in existence that can detect pest movements within and behind walls, floors, roofs, and ceilings. All our termite experts carry the latest detection technology including Termatrac3i and Thermal Technology.
For security and peace of mind, contact us for professional termite treatment and inspections. All inspections comply with Australian Standards AS3660.2 and AS4349.3. For termite inspection and control Melbourne trusts, count on Noah’s Ark Pest Control.
Termite treatment when building or renovating
It is essential when building or extending your home that you consider some form of Termite protection to ensure your structure is not compromised by termites. There are some Council areas that are designated ‘Declared Zones’, which means termite protection is compulsory as part of your compliance and you will need to consult a termite professional to ensure this is completed correctly and certified. Usually, your builder should be aware of the requirements, but if not, you are welcome to consult our operators. Generally, plans will be stamped with the requirements, as per Australian Standards (AS3660.1-2014). If you do not have termite protection installed you risk having problems getting a Certificate of Occupancy. Our operators will happily advise you on the process to ensure your project is fully compliant and protected from termite attack. You are welcome to forward your plans and our termite professionals will provide a concise plan and advise on the best method to protect your building.
You can simply upload your plans through our website. Our Operators will confirm receipt and provide details on termite protection and advise you on your project early, ensuring you will be fully compliant and Certified according to latest Australian Standards (AS3660.1-2014).
While weatherboard homes are at greater risk for termites, homes built of brick or on a concrete slab are not immune to the ravages of termite infestation. All homes have wooden components that are subject to termite damage, and pest control is the best way to ensure freedom from these invaders.
Call us today on (03) 9372 2670 to speak to our friendly team about termite control in Melbourne. We’re happy to answer any questions and guide you through the process.