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Termite Inspections and Treatment Gold Coast

Keep your home or business safe from termites with our full-suite termite inspection, treatment and prevention services.

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Protection for your home starts with the right Gold Coast termite control experts.

Termites are one of the most common threats to Aussie buildings.

In Queensland, with its warm, humid weather, they’re even more prevalent.

That’s why you need accredited termite control professionals to safeguard your property.

With over 15 years of experience in termite management, we use the latest technology to help Gold Coast homeowners keep their properties free from infestation.

Our high-tech approach combined with our termite expertise means we know exactly how to find, exterminate, and prevent termites – regardless of what species they are or how well they’ve concealed themselves.

Your home is one of your greatest assets.

Give it the termite protection it deserves.

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Gold Coast Termite Inspections

Get an inspection to find termites before the damage starts.

Termite inspections are the first step to finding and eliminating any invasive insects.  Our qualified termite inspectors use the latest thermal imaging and moisture detection technology to find termites quickly and accurately.    

With over 15 years of experience in Gold Coast termite inspections, we know how to find infestations, even when the visible symptoms aren’t there.

Our inspections also come with complimentary reports, which detail our findings and include recommendations for prevention and any required treatments.

Don’t wait until you’ve got an infestation.

Book your annual termite inspection now, and get the peace of mind that comes with extensive experience and our 12-month termite-free warranty.

What’s Included

Our termite inspection service includes:

Full property inspection

Interior and exterior building inspection

Moist metre and thermal imagery

Detailed report

Prevention and treatment recommendations

From* $180

*Starting price for a typical four-bedroom house.

Termite Inspection Process

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1. Get a Quote

Get in touch with us, tell us about your property, and we’ll be able to give you a free quote straight away.

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2. Book an Inspection Time

Let us know when you’re free, and we’ll arrange a time to conduct the inspection.  An inspection for a typical four-bedroom house takes around three hours.

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3. Make the Property Available

You don’t need to be home when we conduct the inspection, but please make sure the property is accessible by vehicle and that any hazards, including aggressive dogs, are removed.

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4. Get Your Report

Once we’ve finished our inspection, we’ll give you a verbal overview of what we’ve found.  We’ll also compile our findings in a comprehensive written report, with recommendations for termite prevention and any required treatments.

Gold Coast Termite Treatments

Remove active termite infestations with effective, environmentally safe treatments.

If your home has live termites, you need to book a termite treatment as soon as possible.

The two main species of termites in south-east Queensland (coptotermes acinaciformis and coptotermes lacteus) are aggressive eaters, and can cause significant structural damage to buildings in just six months.

Ideally, your termite treatment will be:

  • Effective.  If the colony (the source of the termites coming into your house) isn’t destroyed, the termites will return in a few months.
  • Safe.  Avoid treatments that are potentially toxic to your household and pets.
  • Environmentally friendly.  Termite treatments should target termites and their colonies, not completely poison the soil around your home.     

We use a range of sprays, dusts, and baits to eradicate live infestations.  If the colony is located elsewhere on your property – such as near a fence post, in a garden, or in a tree – we’ll do our best to destroy it while minimising the impact to your landscape.

Talk to us to find out how we can help.

What’s Included

Our termite treatment options include:

Triflumuron wood dusting

Above- and below-ground baits

Environmentally safe sprays

Physical colony destruction

Get in touch for a quote.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Arena Pest Management were absolutely fantastic. They diagnosed my termite problem in less than 15 minutes and treated it before any serious damage could be done. Five stars.

Linda Krakow, Broadbeach

Gold Coast Termite PROTECTION

Safeguard your property with the latest technology.

Termite protection systems are a series of measures taken to prevent termites from entering your home.  By investing in a specialist-installed system, you’ll minimise the risk of infestations and potentially save tens of thousands of dollars. 

We offer three main classes of termite protection:

  • Chemical barriers.  Chemical barriers can repel or kill termites, and can often be topped up with a hands-off reticulation system, minimising maintenance.
  • Physical barriers.  Physical barriers can include plastic or steel mesh around key entry points into your home, including around piping.  Our preferred provider of termite mesh is Termimesh.
  • Baits and traps.  Baits and traps can help intercept and kill termites approaching your house, but they’re not a perfect defence system; ideally, they should be combined with other forms of protection for maximum effectiveness.

As part of your protection system installation, we’ll survey your property and identify any vulnerabilities, such as cracks in concrete, hazardous timber or mulch piles, and soil-to-wood contact around buildings.  Once we’ve conducted our inspection, we’ll provide you with recommendations and a quote.

What’s Included

Our termite protection options include:

Termidor chemical barriers

Plastic, concrete, and Termimesh barriers

Baits and traps

Get in touch for a quote.

Termite Protection for New Homes

If you’re thinking about building a new home, it’s essential to make sure that your investment is protected from termites – especially in Queensland.

Your builders are required under state law to implement certain termite protection systems, but it’s a good idea to fully explore your protection options.  There are many different ways to go about protecting a new home from termites, including:

  • Treating the layer of soil underneath the building with termiticide
  • Implementing a chemical barrier around the foundation
  • Using termite-resistant framing
  • Installing termite shields and defensive particle barriers around the foundation

It’s a good idea to talk with a termite expert at some point during the construction process.  Finding the right termite protection is a balance between budget, effectiveness, and environmental factors, and an accredited specialist can mean the difference between spending thousands on an ineffective system and keeping your property safe for life.

Need help?  Get in touch with us.

Termite Protection for Concrete Slabs

Monolithic concrete slabs are considered one of the most effective termite management systems.  Because they’re made of solid concrete, termites can’t travel directly from the soil into your house, significantly reducing infestation risk.

It’s important to understand, though, that concrete slabs aren’t impenetrable.  Cracks and piping are two access routes that termites can use to travel through the concrete, which is why it’s important to have other protection mechanisms, like:

  • Stainless steel mesh under the slab or around its perimeter
  • Graded stone under the slab or around its perimeter
  • Environmentally safe chemical barriers topped up with a reticulation system

Need help implementing chemical barriers?  Not sure if your concrete slab could be cracked or damaged?

Get in touch with us to explore your inspection and prevention options.

Termite Protection Requirements in Queensland

In Queensland, all new buildings are required by law to have termite protection systems in place that are designed to resist infestation for up to 50 years.  The following parts of buildings also need to be chemically treated or made out of termite-resistant materials:

  • Roof and floor framing (structural elements)
  • Door jambs
  • Window frames and reveals
  • Architraves and skirting

If you’re building a new house in Queensland, your builders will need to meet these requirements in order to have your structure approved. 

Termite Prevention Tips

Instead of constantly paying a pest management firm to eradicate insect intruders, you can save money and stop damage to your property by implementing termite prevention methods. 

Use these simple tips to lower the risk of a termite infestation.

  • Get rid of unnecessary wood around buildings.  Untreated furniture and timber lying around your yard makes great food for termites, so either dispose of it or store it as far away from the house as possible.
  • Fix leaks and drips around your house.  Termites love wet soil, which means they’re attracted to water sources.  Check the taps and easily accessible pipes in and around your home for moisture; keeping things dry will reduce the risk of termites and save water. 
  • Keep your roof clean and sealed.  A leaky roof can harbour moisture for long periods of time, attracting termites that can quickly chew through critical parts of your house.
  • Avoid piling mulch, dirt, firewood or timber up against the walls of your house.  This can damage the structure and provide termites with an easy point of access.
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Gold Coast Termite Inspection FAQs

How much do termite inspections cost on the Gold Coast?

Annual termite inspections on the Gold Coast normally cost anywhere from $220 to $300 per inspection. 

What’s included in a termite inspection on the Gold Coast?

The inclusions for a termite inspection vary between different pest management services.  Often, an inspection includes things like:

  • A surface inspection of termite hazards around the exterior of the building
  • A detailed internal and external visual inspection of the building
  • A technical analysis of the building, conducted using thermal imaging and moisture detection tools
  • A detailed report that includes recommendations for prevention and property maintenance

As termite specialists, our inspection service includes all of the above – we use the latest technology to make termite detection efficient and accurate, and we’re proud of the exceptional track record that we’ve maintained for the past 15 years.

Is a termite inspection on the Gold Coast worth it?

An annual termite inspection probably costs you around $200 a year.  A termite infestation, on the other hand, will cost you several thousand dollars in treatment and repairs – at a minimum.

If termites attack the structural or load-bearing components of your house, you could easily be looking at tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix the damage.  A 2012 study found that the average cost per infestation was $10,000, although that number has increased exponentially thanks to inflation and the rising costs of building materials.    

Ultimately, you have to ask yourself: is it better to pay $200 a year, or risk paying $10,000+ because you didn’t catch an infestation in time?

How do you conduct a termite inspection yourself?

Unless you’re a trained pest management technician, conducting a termite inspection yourself can be extremely difficult.

You need to have a good understanding of termites, including endemic species and infestation signs.  An obvious sign is the presence of mud tubes, especially on timber surfaces.  As termites expand, they use these tubes to keep themselves moist and safe from predators like ants as they travel between food sources (like wood) and their nest.

Other visible signs include lots of flying insects emerging from holes in your walls or between your pavers (this is known as ‘swarming’, and occurs when mature termites breed), or swollen, discoloured wood, which occurs as a result of termites bringing moisture into their food source.

Of course, by the time you see these clear indicators of an infestation, the damage has probably already been done.  Spotting termite infestations early means knowing where to look (skirting boards, roof voids, insulation, basements) and using technology to detect problems (moist metres and thermal imagery).

If you don’t have a professional set of tools and you’re not experienced in termite detection, we strongly recommend against DIY termite inspections.  Hire a professional, and enjoy the benefit of a 12-month termite-free guarantee.

What are the early signs of termites?

The early signs of a termite infestation can include:

  • Swarms of flying termites
  • Mud tubes along wooden surfaces
  • Discoloured and swollen wood or drywall
  • Wood that sounds hollow, thin or papery when tapped
  • Faint clicking noises from the walls
  • Frass (tiny brown and white termite droppings near holes or cracks)
  • Windows or doors that seem tighter or harder to open
  • Loose tiles

If your home or workplace has any of the above warning signs, it’s time to take action.  Get in touch with us to arrange a full property termite inspection.

Gold Coast Termite Treatment FAQs

How much do termite treatments cost on the Gold Coast?

On the Gold Coast, most termite treatments cost between $2,000 and $5,000.  The cost fluctuates depending on factors like:

  • The size of the property or building
  • The accessibility of the building (is it easy to treat the termites?)
  • The type of termites (subterranean or not?)
  • The extent of the infestation
  • And the type of treatment required

The easiest way to find a reasonably priced treatment is to ask for quotes from different providers, and weigh up the inclusions and the providers’ experience against the price.

How long does a termite treatment last?

The length of a termite treatment’s effectiveness depends on the type of treatment, the product used, and various environmental factors.

For example, the average chemical termite barrier, which is installed in the soil around your house, lasts for about five years.  At Arena Pest Management, we use Termidor, the gold standard in chemical termite barriers; applied properly, it has an effective lifespan of about eight years.

Baiting stations can last up to four years, although this assumes that the bait hasn’t been consumed by termites during that time.

For a proper estimate of treatment lifespans, talk to us when we install your treatment and prevention systems. 

How do termite treatments work?

Termite treatments work differently depending on whether the termites are subterranean or drywood termites.

Drywood termites have smaller colony sizes and don’t invade your house through the soil.  Instead, all the moisture they need is contained directly in the wood.  This means small infestations are relatively easy to treat; they can be eliminated through replacing timber or spot-treating infected wood with pesticides.  Larger infestations may require whole-house fumigation.

Subterranean termites are more difficult to exterminate.  Normally, their colonies are located underground and well away from the house, making direct destruction difficult.  Toxic dust, baits, and non-repellent termicide barriers are often the best way to eliminate both the infestation and the colony. 

All three options use toxic chemical adhesives that adhere to passing termites; this slow-acting poison is then taken back to the nest and transmitted among the other termites, eventually wiping out the whole colony.    

How often should you get a termite treatment?

You should only get a termite treatment when you have live termites infesting your house. 

Preventing future infestations requires regular checks and the installation of termite management systems, which can include some of the same methods used to treat active infestations.

To keep your property safe, get a termite inspection once a year, and replace your termite management system at the end of its lifespan. 

What is the most effective treatment for termites?

Termite treatments vary in effectiveness based on:

  • The type of termite
  • The type of building
  • The extent of the infestation

For example, small drywood termite infestations can be spot-treated very effectively with direct-application termicides such as sprays and foams.  Larger subterranean infestations, though, require more advanced methods like baits and non-repellent termicide barriers.   

Generally, we find that chemical barriers work best for buildings built on concrete slabs.  The base of the house can easily be surrounded, so any termites entering or leaving the house will inadvertently pick up the termicide and transfer it to the colony.

Split-level and raised buildings can’t be effectively surrounded by chemical barriers.  To treat a live infestation, we recommend using baits, which are placed strategically around the property and work in a similar manner to chemical barriers.

Can you treat your own house for termites?

Yes, you can treat your own house for termites.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. 

Any sizeable infestation requires extremely strong chemicals to treat.  In order to exterminate the termites, you’ll need to:

  • Have a good understanding of different termite species and the best ways to treat them
  • Be familiar with the different types of commercial-grade termicides
  • Be confident in preparing and deploying those termicides in a manner that’s safe for humans and the environment
  • Have the required installation equipment

On an average four-bedroom suburban home, we use about 600 litres of Termidor (our preferred termicide) to install a chemical barrier.  As part of that installation, we use specialised injection equipment, and also include a reticulation system to keep it topped up. 

Buying five-dollar DIY treatments off Amazon simply won’t work.  At best, you’ll manage to repel the termites, rather than kill them – this won’t destroy the colony, and the termites will simply find another way into your house.

If you want to minimise the damage to your property, hire a professional termite control firm.