The treatment of a termite infestation mostly involves the use of termiticides in their various forms. Often the public raise concerns over the appropriate use and toxicity of these chemicals, so it is important that when termites are found on your property or in your home you seek advice on the toxicity and use of these chemicals initially from your Pest Management Firm or the Department of Health before signing a contract. If you have a query regarding a contract signed with a pest management firm, you should contact the Dept of Consumer and Employment Protection (DOCEP).
The application of termiticides should be in accordance with the registered label directions. If there is any doubt that an application of a termiticide has not resolved your termite problem, this matter should be brought to the attention of the pest management firm that carried out the treatment, it may also be necessary to seek advice from DOCEP.
Where homes are inspected for termite activity as is often the case prior to the purchase of an existing home, it is recommended that all inspections are carried out to an Australian Standard such as AS4349.3.1998. Many pest management firms are able to provide inspections to this standard.
Where a pest management firm has failed to detect termites during an inspection, then consumers are advised to again contact DOCEP.
Where a termiticide has been applied and it has affected a person’s health, this matter should be brought to the attention of the pest management firm who applied the chemical as well as reported to the local government Environmental Health Officer who may seek advice from the Department of Health. Those affected are encouraged to contact the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in Canberra to report any adverse affects.
For further information please contact:
Environmental Health Hazards Unit, Department of Health WA
Phone: (08) 9388 4999
Fax: (08) 9388 4905
Department of Consumer and Employment Protection
Phone: 1300 304 074
APVMA Adverse report form can be viewed and down loaded at Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) website or phone: (08) 6272 3651.
Related website and further information
Additional information is also available on the internet in Termite Protection: Available Protection Treatments and Hazard Information About Termiticides (external site).