8 key areas to check for termites around your home 

  1. Yard – Check
    1. Trees for nests
    2. Base off trees for live termites under bark
  2. Stumps
  3. Under landscaping timbers
  4. Timber retaining walls
  5. Every part of the external wall – check
    1. every weep hole
    2. Behind anything that obstructs your Termite Inspection
  6. Internal – Check
    1. All skirting boards for soft or spongy timber
    2. Timber window + door frames
    3. All internal walls for discoloration (in particular behind ‘wet areas’ | Showers, Laundry and kitchen areas)
    4. All ceilings for discoloration
  7. Roof void – SAFETY first
    1. Rather wait to winter.
    2. Make sure someone is home (In case you fall through)
    3. Do not enter if you have Solar you could come into contact with live cables.
    4. Wear a mask so you reduce the risk of breathing in pathogens
  8. Sub-floor
    1. Wear a mask so you reduce the risk of breathing in pathogens

9 common conditions that attract termites to homes in the Noosa or District region

South East Queensland is active termite country due to the prolonged warm wet summers.

  1. Moisture pooling against external wall/s and in sub-floors
  2. Timber stored against wall exterior and or in sub-floor
  3. Built on or modifications to original slab
  4. Leaks in plumbing, roof and or shower
  5. Timber in ground and home contact
  6. Gardens/mulch built up against external walls
    1. Built over current termite protection system
    2. Covering weep holes
  7. Stored items against the external walls
  8. Untreated areas under decked or sub-floor areas
  9. Gaps in brickwork below ground level of your home.

Preparing for your DIY Termite Check

It is safer to assume that there are Termites somewhere on your property and its your job to find them.

This mindset could save you $1000’s

Remember termites usually travel 30cm and below the surface and form extensive tunnel networks. There are a few termite species that make nests in trees.

  1. Set aside 2 hours
  2. Put your Termite Check “tool kit” together
    1. Ladder (To get into your roof void)
    2. Mask
    3. Sturdy screwdriver
    4. Good quality torch
    5. Moisture meter (If you have one to check for moisture in your walls)
    6. Mud map of your home so you can keep dated notes
  3. Understand your current Termite Protection around your home
    1. Check your meter box for a durable notice
    2. Understand the type of system you have
      1. You can take a photo and email to our office and a Technician will check it for you and advise (No charge if you live in the Noosa Shire)
      2. If you can’t read it check your Certificate of Installation (Should be with the original build documents)
    3. Date it was installed (Chemical treatments have a limited life span

5 Steps to checking your home

  1. Inspect
    1. The AU Standard has always recommended having a professional termite inspection of your home at least once a year.
    2. Some homes are at more risk then others so more regular inspections are recommended.
  2. Treat – if you find live termites:
    1. In your home:
      1. Cover the live termites and call our office 07 5472 0141 for Termite assistance.
      2. Do not try treat them yourself – you may just move them somewhere else in the home
    2. In your yard:
      1. You can self treat termites yourself if you follow the label directions and wear the correct PPE. Purchase Bifenthrin or Fipronil Termite Chemical from:
        1. Sauers Produce Cooroy | (07) 5442 5933
        2. Bunnings Noosaville | Hovex 1l Ultra Lo-Odour Termite Concentrate I/N: 3010162
  3. Protect
    1. Plan to protect your home from future termite damage
  4. Insure
    1. If your home qualifies for TimberSecure $100 000 Termite Damage Insurance we would strongly recommend taking this insurance.
  5. Repeat
    1. Termites are relentless. It’s important to understand that termite management is not a one time event.
    2. Even if you have a new termite system installed you will still need to keep the termite inspection happening on a regular basis as the conditions around your home may change from year to year.

Cooroy Termite & Pest Control have been providing termite solutions for over 20 years. Our team of technicians and office staff are well trained in our termite management processes. When you need more information give our friendly office a call and we’ll gladly help you.