I get asked this a lot. Most clients believe that a termite spray (white ant spray) is a quick service, like a spider service or cockroach control. However, the reality is much more complex and full of eye-watering paperwork and red tape.
The short story: termites (white ants) travel underground and enter your house through concealed entry points. Therefore, simple termite sprays are often ineffective and a waste of money. You need a proper Termite Management System done by an experienced termite specialist.
A general pest spray doesn’t protect your home from subterranean termites for one simple reason: termites travel underground. So, you need to do something that intercepts the termites as they travel under the soil. There are two options for termite prevention: termite monitoring & baiting systems, and chemical soil treatments (termite spray).
The strict rules under the Australian Standard AS3660.2 govern both types of termite treatments, including termite sprays. Furthermore, the Standard sets minimum requirements for pest managers who perform termite control and termite prevention. So you should always ask your pest controller if they are performing their termite work to Australian Standards.
Chemical soil treatments are pretty self-explanatory, and are the closest you can get to a ‘termite spray’. These treatments involve applying a termiticide to the soil where termites are likely to enter a property. For suspended floors (houses on stumps) we need to trench around every stump and foundation wall and flood the soil with the product. Similarly, for concrete slabs, we need to trench down below the slab footing and do the same; or drill concrete paths and inject the termiticide underneath with a special rod.
How To Tell If My Pest Controller is Doing a Good Job With My Termite Spray?
A good place to start is with the paperwork. The Australian Standard AS3660.2 requires all termite controllers to give you 3 documents before we even start work:
- An Inspection Report that conforms to the standard. It should come after a thorough termite inspection (at least an hour for a small house). Also, the report should also have photos.
- A Treatment Proposal. This should clearly outline what will be done and the price should be set out.
- The Termite Management Plan should accompany the other two documents and serves as a summary of the report, proposal, and your responsibilities as the client.
Some dodgy operators will sell you a high-priced ‘termite spray’ and only spend half a day on the job. So if the above documents are missing, you should be asking for them. The paperwork should impress you and give you confidence in the work.
After the termite spray is done, you should receive a Certificate of Treatment, which is also required under AS3660.2.
Have a Look at Some of Our Most Recent Termite Treatments
We take great pride in our quality of work as termite specialists. Here’s a little gallery of some of the work we’ve done in the last 12 months.
This article relates to post-construction termite treatments. If you’re building a house, you should be considering a new building termite barrier, such as Homeguard, Termseal, or the Greenzone Termite Barrier.