active termite control

Termite control specialists in Albury, Wodonga, Rutherglen, and surrounding areas

Not all termites (white ants) are the same – different species attack your home in different ways. We have comprehensive knowledge of the local termite species in our local service area.  This specialist knowledge allows us to provide excellent termite control services.

Termite baiting - guaranteed termite control

Baiting termites is the only way that we ever guarantee that the colony is eliminated. Once we establish good feeding, we can be 100% sure that the colony will be gone. There’s no other method of termite control that gives us this confidence.

We use the Exterra baiting system. Exterra bait has proven over and over to be the most palatable to our local termites. Where we’ve been able to establish feeding, we’ve had 100% success with this bait. 

We’ve been baiting termites since 2004, and we’ve perfected our method. It’s still our best way to get rid of termites in your home. 

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Termite bait installed before feeding has been established.
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Termite bait after feeding has begun.
termites feeding on termite bait
Exterra bait is highly palatable to termites.
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Dead termites behind bait station after removing it.

Termite foaming & sprays - fast termite control

Baiting may not suit your time frame if you are currently selling your house or undergoing renovations. Faster termite control can be achieved by employing termiticide foams and sprays to speed up colony elimination.

We use Termidor foam to control termites in these situations. 

Termidor is non-repellent to termites. This means that they cannot detect the product and will not avoid the treated area. As a result, termites continue to travel through treated material. The termites continue to encounter Termidor and pickup a lethal dose. They transfer Termidor to other termites in the colony as they travel back to the nest.

We always recommend that baiting be done for at least the first part of the treatment. 

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Termite foaming in floorboards under a subfloor.

Frequently Asked Questions

The termite bait we use is completely non-toxic to humans and other mammals. It is less toxic than table salt.

Termite bait works by stopping the termite’s ability to grow a new exoskeleton when they moult, which they do regularly. Mammals do not have this biological process, and so it does not affect us.

As an extra precaution, we use tamper-resistant bait stations to prevent access by pets and children. We try to limit our environment impact as much as possible.

Other treatments such as sprays and foaming use chemicals that can be toxic only in high doses. The mixing rate that we use is very low, and it is applied to concealed areas and wall cavities, which are inaccessible to pets and children.

Baiting is the most simple and least destructive method of termite control.

We install termite bait stations directly onto the areas of termite activity.

Termites feed on the bait and take it back to the nest. It is used to feed workers, soldiers, developing nymphs, and the queen. 

The bait inhibits termites’ ability to grow a new exoskeleton when they periodically moult. They then dry out and die. 

We can monitor the baiting process by observing physical and behavioural changes in the termites. As the bait takes effect, workers appear pale, feeding slows, and the ratio of soldiers to workers changes. 

Eventually, the termite colony cannot support itself and collapses.

We normally follow up with a couple of inspections after this to confirm, or to catch a second termite colony that may invade the dead colony’s workings (it happens more often than you might think).

We inject a foam product directly into termite workings and feeding galleries. We do it in such a way that the most number of termites comes into contact with the treated area. 

The product is an expansion foam with Termidor mixed in. Termites cannot detect it, and continue to crawl through the treated area.

When they leave the treated area and go back to the nest, they continue to transfer the product to other termites in the colony. This transfer effect helps to eliminate the termites attacking your home.

Chemical control (including foams, sprays and dusts) are not as reliable as baiting treatments, but they are a lot quicker.

In warmer months, baiting takes between 1 and 3 months. 

During winter, when termites don’t consume much food or moult as regularly, baiting can take longer.

This may seem like a long time, but a long baiting process and follow-up inspections is required for us to provide a guarantee.

We notice that once feeding on bait begins, termites slow their feeding on other food sources, so damage to your house is limited during the baiting process.

Other treatment options like sprays and foaming can be quicker, but we don’t offer guarantees when baiting has not been done as at part of the treatment.

In winter, we will often use baiting first and then finish the termite colony off with a foaming treatment to speed up colony collapse. We do this when we notice signs that the entire colony has been affected by the bait.

Termite baiting is designed to eliminate termite colonies without needing to find the nest.

The delayed effect of the bait means that it is fed to the entire colony, including the nest.

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Pianto's Pest Control COVID-19 Policy

To all of our clients.

We hope you’re all keeping safe and well in this difficult time.

Our business is still operating and servicing our clients as normal, with some changes to procedure.

We are offering flexible payment plans for people who have been financially affected by COVID-19. If you need to arrange a payment plan, please call us and we are more than happy to help.

At this time, the information from federal and state governments is that it is still okay for those in service industries to go to work. We are doing so, while still obeying the rules regarding social distancing:

  • We are doing our best to keep a minimum 1.5m distance from our clients and other residents during our visits. 
  • We are sanitising our hands on arrival and frequently during our visits. We also regularly disinfect our tools before bringing them inside. If you want us to wear protective gloves and a face mask, please let us know – we’re happy to do what we can to help you feel safe.
  • We ask that if you are unwell or isolating that you tell us before we arrive so that we can either reschedule or arrange for other ways to do our job.

Our office procedures remain largely unchanged. We are a mobile business and are very accustomed to running our business on the road. We have no central office to close up. We already have cloud-connected services in place and our business is not largely paper-based.

At the moment we are not experiencing any supply problems. Our suppliers are still trading and we have plenty of stock of our most common chemistry and products to do our job.

Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you!

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PO Box 35
Rutherglen VIC 3685

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