Termite Free System
Termite Free Naturally – how our termite treatment works
1. Termite House inspection
A comprehensive house inspection is the only way to determine whether or not a property has termites.
If activity is already known an inspection will enable us to find the source of where they are coming in and the extent of the damage.
2. Venus Termite Traps
SA Pest Free Naturally uses Venus Termite Traps to detect termite (White Ant) activity in your yard before they get to your home.
Fast prevention and insurance against termites can save you thousands of dollars.
Understanding Termite Colonies (Nests)
- Termites collect food to take back to their nest.
- They are blind and work in underground galleries.
- The ones that attack houses collect timber.
- They will travel up to 100 metres to find a food source.
Visit Identifying Termites to learn about different types of termite species, where they are found and their habits.
The Venus Termite Trap is the most practical and effective monitoring tool in our termite treatment process. The timber in the trap is easily accessible to termites and the timber used is highly attractive to them.
Termites in the area will certainly feed from the traps as an initial source of food.
If termites are detected in your yard SA Pest Free Naturally will use the John French Method of Baiting to destroy the termite colony thus eliminating the problem.
Installing Venus Termite Traps to Protect Your Home: Your Early Warning System against Termites
- Traps are placed strategically around your home so that termites will be attracted to the traps before getting to your house.
- 14 –18 traps are the regular numbers of traps needed to protect a home. Numbers of traps will vary depending on size of the house and surrounds.
3. Colony Eradication
Once termites are found to be active, the final step in our termite treatment is to eradicate the colony either directly or by baiting.
To kill a colony directly trees are drilled in the area and a temperature probe is used to determine where the queen is.
Because she is always reproducing the temperature is hottest where the queen is located; around 30 – 34 degrees celcius in a tree. In this way we can determine if there is a colony in a tree or whether termites are just feeding on it.
If the colony cannot be located a Bait Trap is set on top of the active Venus trap which the termites take back to the nest and it kills the colony.
Using the described termite treatment it will take most colonies 6-8 weeks to be destroyed through baiting.
On one of Robert Cameron’s visits to our Cellar Door, I was telling him about a severe ant problem that I had right next to my house. They had built their nest’s underneath several concrete slabs by the side of my house in front of the garage. During the months of January, February and March, they had increased to plague numbers.
After informing Robert of my problem, he recommended, in between several tastings of red wine, that I try a product gel from DuPont called Advion. He explained how all I needed to do was to leave a small amount of the gel near the entry to the ant holes and the worker ants would ingest the gel and return back down the holes. The other ants would subsequently eat him and come to grief themselves.
I thought this sounded too easy and that Robert was talking up this product more and more as he continued to sample.
He was on his way to Robe for some well earned R&R and said he would instruct his son to post me a sample. True to his word, a 30gm sample of Advion arrived 3 days later in the mail.
The next afternoon, I placed 6 – 7 blobs, using about 20gms of the Advion, in between all the holes which covered an area of about 9 square metres.
Within two days, the activity had decreased by about 98%. It actually worked as quickly and effectively as Robert said it would.
Thank you Robert for your advice and service.
Robert Potts, BLEASDALE VINEYARDS