The Full System - Above-ground Baiting plus In-ground Monitoring and Baiting

The Pestforce SafeTNet Termite Management Strategy offers a unique and holistic approach to termite management. By engaging Pestforce to manage your termite problem you can feel assured that everything that can be done, will be done, to eliminate the termite colony attacking your property.

Pestforce has developed the unique SafeTNet Termite Management Strategy after years of experience, research and development. All work carried out to your property by Pestforce will be done in accordance with the Australian Standard in a professional and safe manner.

The Pestforce SafeTNet Termite Management Strategy provides you with afixed cost solutionto your termite problem. The initial proposal provided to you, for The SafeTNet Termite Management Strategy, is for a twelve (12) month period, with the fee for a further twelve (12) month period quoted under the Control Maintenance section on the proposal. Payment of the control maintenance fee is due on the twelve (12) month anniversary of installation. The continuation of the SafeTNet Termite Management Strategy, into the second and subsequent years, insures you the same level of service as provided in the initial twelve (12) month period.

Our commitment to you is outlined in the Pestforce SafeTNet Termite Management Agreement included in the proposal folder. This agreement outlines the requirements and obligations for Pestforce and the Client on acceptance of our proposal. The Agreement should be signed by both parties prior to installation, a copy will be returned to you for your records. A Certificate of Treatment and site map will be issued on completion of the installation.

What the Full SafeTNet Termite Management Strategy Includes

Termite Inspections

  • Inspections are carried out in accordance with Australian Standard 3660.
  • Four (4) full inspections per annum are carried out to properties with active termites.
  • Three (3) full Inspections per annum are carried out to properties without active termites.
  • On the completion of each inspection you will receive a detailed Inspection Report.

The following Inspection aids are at our disposal and are used as necessary:

  • Termite Search Dogs- Our search dogs are trained to respond to the odour of live termites.
  • Thermal Imaging Camera- Thermal Imaging creates an image of an object in the camera viewfinder from the thermal energy it receives. When heat is permeated through a stud wall it is slowed down at the point where the timber frame inside touches the external wall lining, allowing us to see an impression of the frame inside. Irregularities in this frame can indicate termite mudding, and a missing section may be an indicator of termite damage. When large amounts of termite activity are present a hot spot can often be detected. Please read the Information sheet provided in your proposal folder for more details on thermal imaging.
  • Borescope- Uses an external 150watt light source to inspect a wall cavity or void through a small hole carefully drilled in the wall.
  • Termatrac- Uses micro-waves to detect movement within timbers, cavities and voids
  • Moisture Meter- Detects variations in moisture that can be an indicator of termites.

SafeTNet Installation Procedures

  • In-ground monitoring and baiting stations with timber monitoring devices, will be installed at various intervals around the structures covered under the proposal provided. Stations will be connected using the SafeTNet "trench and wing" method or with timber "Burley" if the soil and structure are suitable.
  • Above-ground baits are installed to the interior and exterior where active termites are detected.
  • Concrete paths, pavers and slabs are core drilled where required to install In-ground stations and monitoring devices.
  • Access holes in floorboards or foundation walls are cut, if necessary, to facilitate inspections and baiting.
  • Test drilling of specified trees and treatment of trees found to be harboring termite colonies including trees on neighboring properties, access permitting
  • Removal of accessible timber formwork from under suspended concrete slabs or any scrap timber found in the sub floor. On occasions this timber is used as a baiting site and not removed until elimination of the termite colony has been achieved.

Servicing of Monitoring Stations and Baits

  • Monthly servicing, or more frequently if thought necessary by our trained technician, of monitoring stations and baits, until elimination of the colony is declared.
  • Bi-monthly (every second month) servicing and monitoring of all stations once elimination of the colony is declared.
  • Replenishment of above-ground and in-ground baits as required, no limit is imposed on the number of baits used.
  • Replacement of in-ground stations and monitoring devices as required.
  • Re-Installation of in-ground stations should landscaping or renovations be carried out, an additional cost will be incurred should extensions to the original structure be carried out.
  • A SafeTNet Report and Certificate of Treatment form will be issued on the completion of every service and bait check carried out.

Colony Elimination

Elimination of the termite colony is declared once a significant amount of bait has been consumed and there has been no further termite activity noted to the property for 2 consecutive months. Should termite activity return monthly servicing and baiting will recommence.

Additional Termite Management Procedures Provided if Necessary:

  • Drilling of timber poles or timber piers, and treatment of any hollow centers or activity.
  • Drilling of cement paths abutting exterior foundation walls at 200mm intervals (or to label directions) and inject with termiticide at a rate of 1.5Lts to 2Lts per hole as per AS3660.
  • Cut 300mm strip of concrete and remove where concrete abuts the structure.
  • Pressure inject all holes with termiticide at a rate of 1.5Lts to 2Lts per hole as per AS3660 and reseal all holes.
  • Lifting of pavers abutting exterior foundation walls, and treatment of fill below
  • Trench, probe inject/backfill and flood, all soil abutting external foundation walls.
  • Where clearance is more than 400mm, trench or scarify soil to create a vertical and horizontal barrier or treated zone around all substructure walls and piers with a minimum depth of 50mm below the top of the footings and a minimum width of 150mm. Termiticide will be applied in accord with AS3660 at the rate of 100L per m3 with the soil being backfilled.
  • Where clearance is less than 400mm scarify soil to a depth of 50mm and create a horizontal barrier over the entire subfloor soil surface (access permitting) by applying termiticide at 5L per m2 as per AS3660.

How the Pestforce Termite Management Strategy was Conceived - By Shane Clarke

When I commenced baiting for termites over ten years ago it struck me how much like fishing it was. Just because fish took bait in one spot did not guarantee that they would take similar bait in another spot. Even when they are present in high numbers there is no guarantee that they will take the bait. Just as when I can see fish in the river it does not always result in fish in the boat, when I can see termites in the yard it does not mean that they will go into the bait stations. When I first went fishing I was very unsuccessful - why was it I didn't get hits on baits when termites were often present in high numbers? Why was it, that often when I did get a hit on a station, termites would abandon it when the bait was introduced?

As is often the case when I need to think and relax, I go fishing, and it occurred to me that to be successful at fishing you need to hunt for the fish. It also occurred to me that more fishing lines in the water usually results in more fish in the boat, so I decided to enhance the termite baiting strategies to include many more monitoring stations spread further and wider around the property to hunt more ground for termite activity. This resulted in more hits on baits, however it still did not achieve optimum results.

In the same way that to catch lots of fish I would "burley up" and encourage the fish to feed near the boat, I began adding extra timber outside the termite monitoring/bait station to encourage more termites to feed nearby and lessen abandonment of the station when bait was added. This had a positive effect however further improvement was required.

So again I went out in the boat to chase fish and give it more thought. Termites have a fairly random foraging habit; they are blind foragers, which makes them harder to catch than fish. Termites follow the path of least resistance, simply running into food sources and then exploiting them, taking advantage of favourable conditions along the way. By adding up the surface area of the stations and comparing that to the surface area of the house it became very obvious why so few of the termites found the stations. I decided to increase the area of stations by adding an underground wing to guide the termites into the station, resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of hits on stations. This approach was used in over 1200 trial stations, and proved far more successful than solitary stations scattered around the house, although termites were still getting past these devices.

While sitting in the boat with my line in the water, a commercial fisherman went past with all his nets hanging up on his boat. It was obvious that even the best recreational fisherman with his rod and burley could never hope to catch as many fish as this commercial fisherman with his nets. I realised what I needed was a termite net. I decided to expand the underground wing in a trench as far as I could, and added a lot more "termite burley" to the trench. The results were outstanding. It became commonplace to have hits on baits within days or weeks rather months or even years without hits. On jobs where termites had seemed elusive they were suddenly queuing up to get to the stations and baits, and when they did go in they didn't want to leave. Abandonment of stations became a distant memory and the Safe Termite Net (or SafeTNet) Strategy was born.