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White Ant Treatments Without Exposing Your Family & Pets To Dangerous Chemicals
Newcastle residents turn to Newcastle Pest Control for safe white ant treatments that eradicate white ants quickly…
- We’ll beat comparable quotes by $100
- FREE binding quote before we start
- Completely family & pet friendly
Why Choose Us For Your White Ant Treatment System?
If you believe you have white ants, we will find them and eradicate them. We are known across Newcastle as the obvious choice for safe and effective white ant treatments. Here’s why.
- Free on-site quotes from highly-trained experts before we start – so you needn’t worry about nasty surprises.
- A commitment to environmentally-friendly techniques and methods to protect you, your family, and your pets.
- Price-beat guarantee. We’ll beat any comparable quote by $100.
- No harmful chemicals.
- Professional, uniformed technicians…for the highest level of service plus no mess and no disturbance.
- Payment plans available – no interest ever!
What to Do – If you are sure you have white ants
Just get one of our white ant experts to come and have a look, they will let you know on the spot what your options are and provide a no-obligation quote.
Here’s how to identify the 5 most destructive white ants.
What to Do – If you are not sure if you have white ants
You really need to get a White Ant Detection Report that will tell you what you have, where they are and what your options are. The report costs $280. It is recommended in the Australian Standards to get one of these reports every year for your property.
White Ants & Termites? Are they two different insects?
White ants are always on the move: they are now found in places where historically they did not exist. Your home is your biggest investment in terms of money, effort and love, so naturally you want only the best provider for all your white ant inspection, prevention and treatment solutions. Newcastle Pest Control are a local company: we are open all year round.
- WARNING No 1: Talk to one of our accredited white ant experts before any quote is accepted… don’t take chances get a no obligation second opinion…
- WARNING No 2: If you have just found white ants DO NOT touch them, spray them or move them. Leave everything as it is. It makes it far easier for us to track them down and eliminate them correctly if we can see them…
White Ant Detection – What are some signs of white ants?
Unless there are signs of active white ant infestation, you probably won’t detect white ants because they forage and hang out hidden from view. The most common way of detecting white ant include discarded wings. Not so obvious signs include wood that sounds hollow when tapped, cracked or bubbling paint and white ant droppings that look like sawdust (frass). You may also see mud tubes that look like the image pictured above.
What do white ants feed on?
They feed on cellulose-based material like wood, books, boxes, furniture and drywall coverings. White ants are constantly foraging and have been found over 50m from a colony.
Why are white ants a threat to my home?
White ant colonies work 24 hours a day, and signs of termite infestations can go undiscovered until serious damage is done. Because homeowners insurance typically does not cover termite damage, termite detection and continued termite treatment are the best ways to help protect your property.
For additional help with detection, read about how to identify white ant risk areas around your home.
White Ant Treatment and Termite Control
Deciding on a solution for your white ant treatment. If you have done some shopping around for white ant treatments you will be well aware of the huge differences in solutions and prices. It usually boils down to two choices either:
- A white ant baiting system.
- Or a chemical soil treatment around your home.
Make sure you are fully protected.
Both methods mentioned above will usually suit most homes. However, there are some homes that are much better protected by one method over the other.
Then there are some other very high risk homes that may be best protected by utilising both methods, or a combination of both methods.
Common Signs of White ants
Here are some common methods for detecting white ants:
- Wood Damage – The pattern in which subterranean white ants feed on a piece of wood is hard to miss. These cellulose-loving insects can leave nothing behind but the wood grain. However, white ant damage is usually hidden, due to the insects’ habit of eating the wood from the inside out.
- Discarded Wings – Even if you miss an exterior white ant swarm, it may not be difficult to see that it took place. Soon after swarmers take flight, they shed their wings, leaving small piles of wings behind in spider webs and on surfaces around the home’s foundation.
- White Ant Swarmers – Swarmers from mature colonies typically spread their wings and leave their colonies in the springtime in order to start new colonies. Swarms on the exterior of a home may be missed by homeowners, as they are typically brief events during the morning or afternoon — a time when many of people are not at home. Formosan white ants can also swarm at dusk.
- Mud Tubes – Subterranean white ants build mud tubes (also known as shelter tubes) to serve as bridges between their colony and the wood they are feasting on. These tubes are made of tiny pieces of soil, wood and debris, and are used to protect the colony from predators and conserve moisture.
- White ant Mounds – While white ants in the Australia cause billions of dollars in damage every year, white ants that construct their colonies above ground live primarily in Africa and Australia
- White ant Droppings – Because white ants don’t have the luxury of indoor plumbing, drywood white ants often leave behind frass or droppings. These tiny fecal mounds often mean the wood above is infested with white ants.
White Ant Treatments and White Ant Prevention
Since white ants are a constant threat to your home, here are some things you can do during the year to help maintain the effectiveness of your white ant treatment plan.
What Can You Do to Help Protect Your Home?
Small steps make a big difference in white ant prevention and sustaining an effective white ant treatment plan.
Start by eliminating moisture conditions and food around your home. These simple steps make your home a less attractive target, helping deter white ants.
Eliminate Moisture Problems
- Repair leaking taps, water pipes, and a/c units
- Divert water from foundation
- Keep gutters and down-spouts clean
- Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
- Get rid of standing water on roof
- Keep all vents clear and open
- Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
Remove Food Sources
- Keep firewood, lumber, or paper away from foundation or crawl space
- Get rid of stumps and debris near house
- Place screens on outside vents
- Check decks and wooden fences for damage
- Wood on your home shouldn’t contact the soil
White Ant Warning Signs & Identification
Some indications you may have a white ant infestation:
- A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
- Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (white ant droppings).
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
- Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces.
- Discarded wings from swarmers.
White Ant Treatments and White Ant Prevention
If you think an expensive chemical treatment zone all around your house is a good option, think again. Most companies will drill hundreds of ugly holes in your concrete so that the chemical can be applied. Not only can these holes potentially devalue your home when you decide to sell it, but most professionals will tell you that it is not the most reliable way to treat the soil under your concrete.
The Australian Standards specifically state that the concrete should be cut and removed so that the soil can be correctly treated. Not only that, but it is usually advisable to replace any unsuitable soil from around the perimeter walls of your home (to the depth of the footings) with a quality soil that can more effectively hold the chemical treatment.
If the concrete is drilled and injected, then nobody really knows whether the chemical is effective or not. Sadly, in many cases it fails and white ants get the last laugh. It wasn’t the chemical that failed. Rather it was the company that failed to carry out the treatment correctly, or failed to advise you that it is more preferable for your concrete to be cut and removed rather than drilled and injected. And of course if it does fail, you won’t find out for some time, and when you do, the company that did the treatment will be long gone or else pointing to clauses in the fine print as to why they are not responsible, when in fact they are!
Now you know the truth.
The choice is yours.
Choosing white ant treatments between a good quality bait system or a quality installed chemical treated zone is difficult.
Both work well and some homes will need a combination of both methods. Over a five year period, both methods offer similar protection. White ant Baits improve with age. Chemical soil treatments wear off and eventually you need to do it all again from scratch. Installing a White Ant Bait System is quick, painless, and unobtrusive. It’s value-adding to your home, and reasonably affordable.
On the other hand, installing a chemical soil treatment is pretty messy.
Cutting the concrete or drilling holes is no fun; digging up the lawn and garden beds beside your home isn’t nice, and the price is usually pretty hard to swallow too.
Don’t just take our word for it. Prove it for yourself!
Get Serious – Don’t be a victim of white ants; and don’t be a victim of unscrupulous White Ant Treatment Companies either.
Do your home work and avoid wasting your money and risking your home with inferior products. The white ant management industry has its fair share of misinformation, con-artists, rip-off merchants and supposed “professionals” who are not as competent as they would like you to believe.
It also has plenty of true professionals. Can you tell the difference?
And don’t be fooled by great sounding warranties that simply aren’t worth the paper they are written on – don’t just believe us – have your solicitor check out the wording on the warranty. Read the fine print, exclusions and conditions – you’ll soon see what we are saying.
White Ant treatment systems need to be supported by annual inspections as stipulated in the Australian Standards.
After the inspection, additional work may be required to make the home safe.
This can be best illustrated with a simple example.
If you put a white ant baiting system around your home, but left a live white ant nest in your roof void it would be folly to expect instant results. An inspection would (should) reveal the nest and then an immediate course of action could be taken to destroy the nest, locate and treat their entry point, and then the white ant baiting system would be of value by reducing the risk of your home being attacked by white ants again.
See termite treatments for more info.