Termite Baiting

If you already have active termites inside your home and the entry point is unknown, Bug Busters strongly recommends using Exterra for termite control and baiting systems.

These high-performance bait stations intercept foraging termites before they get into your property, affecting the termite's ability to shed its exoskeleton (which causes them to die).

Because the bait is less toxic than table salt, termite baiting stations can quickly eliminate whole colonies—without harming your property or causing further damage to the environment.

We place the Exterra monitoring stations around your building's external perimeter, often embedded in the soil, and inspect them regularly until termites are intercepted and eliminated.

Termite Barrier Treatments

An effective solution for concrete slab properties, termite barriers can either be physical barriers or chemical.

Most new homes are now built with physical termite barriers, most companies which come in the form of specially treated plastic or metal mesh sheeting around the edges of the concrete slab.

There are four approved pesticides for chemical barrier treatments that can be used, all of which vary in their chemical make-up, toxicity, and lifespan. However, due to the damage caused by the breakdown of these pesticides over time, the perimeter needs constant monitoring before being re-treated periodically to ensure your property remains protected.

Termite inspections should be carried out before termite barriers are installed. If active termites are found inside, they must be treated before the termite barrier is installed.

Keeping Perth Pest Free For 36 Years

Bug Busters opened up shop in 1986—and the founder still works here today!

Over the past 36 years, we've successfully carried out termite control contracts for Defence Housing Australia, the Department of Housing, Rottnest Island, major shopping centres, public and private schools, police stations, local government, hospitals, and of course, many, many homes. In fact, we proudly service over 2,500 homes with our pest management and control every year!

Our priority at Bug Busters is to provide long term protection from all pests, with treatment costs that don't break the bank. Our customer focus, proactive approach, expert knowledge, and excellent service make us the stand-out name for pest control in Perth!

Why Choose Bug Busters As Your Termite Treatment Experts?

At Bug Busters, we've established a reputation as the trusted termite treatment specialists in Perth and Western Australia.

We understand the significant damage termites cause to your property—and the stress it puts on home and business owners. All of our pest control services comes with an industry leading warranty, but for termites, we extend that offer up to 5 years (depending on the chemical used and subject to annual termite inspections). We'll even explain in writing why we believe our warranties are the best in the country!

Contact Bug Busters today for a full timber pest inspection and protect your home from termite damage and infestation.

Signs Of A Termite Infestation

There are several clues to let you know that you've got termite activity.

Fortunately, some of early signs of these are more obvious than others—so if you do spot any of the following tell-tale signs, get in touch with your local termite control technicians immediately!

  • Stuck windows or doors. Termites produce moisture while eating and tunnelling through the wood which can cause door and window frames to swell and warp. If your doors and windows have become stiff and difficult to open, it could be time to call in a termite control expert to perform a termite inspection.

  • Flying termites (aka termite swarmers) and discarded wings near home entry points—like windows, doors, foundations. One of the first signs you may have termites is the presence of flying termites which are called ‘swarmers' or ‘alates'. These are the male and female termites which have left their nest to find a mate and establish a new colony. You can also look out for discarded termite wings, as they lose them shortly after finding a mate.

  • Pencil sized mud tubes, often around your property foundations. Tunnels or ‘galleries' are a sure sign you have a termite infestation. These can only be seen in a piece of broken timber in or around your home, as they are invisible from the outside.

  • Termite droppings (aka frass), which for obvious reasons, look a lot like sawdust. One of the most obvious signs of a termite infestation is their droppings, or ‘frass'. Drywood termites push their faeces outside of their nests, resulting in small black marks and a dark powdery substance surrounding the infested area. This is definitely a sign to organise a Perth termite treatment. 

  • A knocking noise coming from the walls. Termite soldiers make quiet clicking sounds by banging their heads against wood or shake their bodies to alert their colony when disturbed or to alert that there is danger. Termites are also noisy eaters; you can hear them munching away if you listen closely. Interestingly, a recent study found that termites eat twice as fast if they hear rock music playing! Termites consume wood from the inside out leaving only a hollow shell behind. If you knock or tap an area that has termite damage, it will sound hollow or papery- or may even break away.

  • Damaged, cracked, or blistered wood.

  • Cracked plaster or paint on your walls.

What Types Of Termites Would You Find In Your Home

Subterranean termites: moving to their food source through mud tunnels, subterranean termites need moist soil to survive. Their colour depends on their role in the colony. Workers are pale cream, soldiers are pale cream with a brown head, primary reproductives are black or brown, and supplementary reproductives are white.

Drywood termites: these termites don't need soil to thrive and can live in wood alone. Slightly larger than subterranean types (up to 1/2in), drywood termites are dark to light brown and live in smaller colonies.

Formosan termites: also soil-borne, these are less common than subterranean termites and look different too, with a translucent orange colour and longer body.

Termite Inspections

Why Termite Inspections Are So Important

A termite inspection is the crucial first step in the pest control process, identifying whether active termites are present in your home, if so, how much damage they've caused and how to best treat them.

At Bug Busters, our licensed termite control specialists will advise you on ways to better protect your Perth property from these wood-boring pests—well into the future.

Our report format has been approved by a panel of specialist pest control experts, certified to carry out reports to the Australian Standards. So you get peace of mind knowing your property is being reported on by a qualified professional.