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An unlikely case of Coptotermes acinaciformis is tackled using the Exterra baiting system from Ensystex.

There are many reasons for choosing to live on a houseboat anchored at an ocean marina. To start with when you wake up in the morning, you don’t have to go far to go fishing and there is no more lawn mowing. One might also have thought there would be no need to worry about subterranean termites, after all, they are not known to be aquatic!

Alas, this is not the case, as Troy Cherry of Mandurah Pest Control in the southwest of Western Australia discovered when he received an anxious call from a lady who said she had termites in her houseboat.

With its 50-year history, Mandurah Pest Control is a family-owned business offering friendly, personalised, professional service – ‘old fashioned service’.

“We are termite specialists, so we always love a challenge, and with the support of Ensystex and their premium termite management products, there is simply no termite job we can’t tackle successfully. ‘Absolute Protection for Homes and Offices’ is our guarantee and that is what we deliver,” said Mr Cherry.

“When I arrived at the Marina, I discovered this was a house boat that has never left the water, and is usually tied up to a floating jetty, with no ground contact. So it was a bit of surprise to confirm that the termites were most definitely Coptotermes acinaciformis. They were nesting deep inside the hull and, due to the structure of the boat; it was impossible to access the actual colony. It was clearly essential that we eliminate the nest, so the obvious solution was the Exterra Termite Colony Elimination System. We have always found Exterra to be the best baiting system on the market.

“A quick call to William Killen, Ensystex’s area manager ensured some extra help for the task. Ensystex have always been great in supporting our business and are always on hand to help out.

“The effectiveness of the Exterra program was exemplary. We could only place one Exterra Above-ground Station and one Exterra Bait Bag, which were placed near the head, that’s the toilet for landlubbers. Returning after three weeks we had great bait consumption on both feeding sites, which is typical with Exterra. After two further inspections the termite situation is now well under control.”

Termites have ‘got stuck in’ to this above-ground station

Mr Killen commented further, “Exterra remains Australia’s number one termite baiting system for many reasons. What excites me most about Exterra is you can guarantee you are going to get termite feeding on the Requiem Termite Bait. We believe it is by far the most palatable termite bait on the market.

“And with jobs on land, the large Exterra In-ground Stations, coupled with our unique Focus Termite Attractant, helps ensure you will intercept active termites foraging in the vicinity of the property. Independent studies, published in several peer reviewed scientific journals, have confirmed that termites follow a low level CO2 trail to find their preferred timbers for feeding.

“Exterra uniquely mimics this through the use of our patented Focus Termite Attractant. This natural product is added under each station, where it reacts with the soil microbes to naturally evolve a scientifically engineered concentration of CO2 that draws the termites into the Exterra In-ground Stations. Focus Termite Attractant is the only product on the market that has been proven, through peer-reviewed scientific studies, to form a measurable gradient of the attractant around the station.

“Exterra Stations are nearly four times larger than most other stations, so once the termites start to follow the CO2 trail, they quickly find our stations. Focus Termite Attractant produces a two metre radius ‘Termite Interception Zone’ around each Exterra Station, which means that when a termite comes within two metres of an Exterra Station, it will be attracted by just the right amount of CO2, and follow the gourmet trail into the station. That means it’s last suppertime and the colony is eliminated.

“Exterra is also the environmentally friendly way to protect against termites, as recognised by the partnership between Exterra and Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC),” concluded Mr Killen.