So, why isn't TDAKS being recommended by professionals ?
Simply because the system is so easy to inspect that pros
will miss out on an average $150.00 per month they charge
to inspect normal systems. As regards installations inside homes
pros don't like the idea of a system that can easily detect 'deep'
activity which is one thing they freely admit that they can't.
To be clear...you are buying NOT complete termite baits.
These are windows to be installed into the termite baits
that you yourself ( or a handyman can easily make ).
These windows can also be used indoors to find termites
all to easily missed during a standard inspection.
Your last report will openly state that the inside of walls
could not be seen and recommend an invasive inspection.
Common misconceptions about termites.
Normal home insurance will cover termite damage.
No. Home insurance companies classify termite damage repairs as 'maintenance'.
You would have a better chance of claiming a new paint job on your insurance.
Those Timber Replacement Warranties have so many exclusions and
expensive conditions that they're barely worth the paper they are printed on.
Chemical barriers will stop termites getting into homes.
Correctly installed barriers can prevent termites entering homes but they do
NOT come with a 100% guarantee against termite damage ( because
undiscovered termites can be already present inside your home.
In any case the only way you will know if a chemical barrier has failed is
when termites show up inside your home.
Termite baits in the soil will ‘attract’ termites.
It has been scientifically proven that they can’t at any price. Full stop.
Think of yourself being blind folded and running through a forest.
That's how termites find any termite baits.
Treated timber will prevent termite invasions.
This was true over 20 years ago when truly effective chemicals were used.
These chemicals were then banned.
Modern ecofriendly chemicals mean that treated timber is now called
termite 'resistant'. In other words not termite proof.
This listing is for 12 x TDAKS® Termite Windows.
( each measures 15mm across x 10.50mm deep )
Full easy to follow instructions supplied.
If you can saw, drill and paint wood you can easily make
the best termite baits from just $2.50 each ( using your own timber )
up to a maximum of $5.00 each ( if you have to buy timber ).
Why are wooden baits better than fancy plastic ones ?
Well, for starters, scientists use them when they want to
collect termites for lab studies or for field tests.
Good reason for that. Wooden stakes with holes drilled
down the centre plugged with corks are cheaper and
easier to inspect for 'visitors'.
You can use corks but our termite windows using HDTI
( High Definition Termite Indication ) are much much better.
After you install 'your' baits fitted with these windows
you will never have to touch them to inspect for termite activity.
Interestingly, a major US chemical company decided to try and
corner the termite treatment market some 30 years ago and
patented a plastic device with a lockable lid. They would only supply
their chemical to pest controllers they 'licensed'. Through slick
marketing they pushed aside tried and true methods ( like wooden
stakes ). Remember Beta vs VHS.
Anyway, these world shaking new devices used a detection
( then treatment ) method which was doomed to repeated failure
due to the method of inspection.
An inspector would come along and withdraw a wooden rod to look
for termite damage. If termites were seen they would be put into a
hollow bait treated with chemicals and inserted into the plastic unit.
Termites would eat there way out and spread the chemical to other
To homeowners it was a miracle new system.
To non-chemical company licensed professionals it was a joke.
The plastic device was born and soon after other manufacturers
came up with their own different versions and better treatment methods.
To date there are over 20 versions, each of which would
repeatedly claim that theirs could 'attract' termites.
Over my near 20 years on eBay my listings have 'convinced' other
sellers of the errors in their claims and none make the 'attraction'
claim any more.
Also gone is the 'Kill the queen kill the colony' claim ( I hope ).
Your own diy super baits ( for installation in soil around the home ):
HDTI means NO termite disturbance during inspections.
When the white window turns dark it's action time.
You inspect by just walking by and looking down from metres away.
You can inspect a whole set in under a minute.
Can last up to 8 years ( unless eaten ).
Will cost at the most $5.00 each.
Cost to replace inner bait at 6 monthly intervals.
Can't 'attract' termites. No in ground bait can.
DIY inspections can move a plastic device a small fraction
during inspection and disturb termites ( = NOT good )
Reaching under a bush to inspect and getting bitten by something.
Having to remove lids becomes a boring chore.
Termite baiting 101 ( outside homes )
Termite Interceptors ( aka baits or traps ) are placed around
homes to detect termites circling your home as they relentlessly
search for food and water to keep the hidden colony going.
They are placed in the soil because termites travel 'underground'.
Periodical inspections are carried out.
When termite activity is indicated a connection will be
established with the termites' underground world.
A treatment is introduced which is distributed by the termites
themselves, killing off the hidden colony.
****Treatment bait is not supplied with this kit and must
be purchased separately ****
How do they work inside homes?
These are primarily installed into skirting
( or any non-load bearing timber ).
You drill a 13mm hole through skirting and most of the way
through the timber base plate and cap it with a termite window.
Hidden termites happily munching away will enter the hole.
They will create a material called ‘carton’ to fill
the hole to maintain their humidity level.
When they encounter the white edible disc they
will either eat it or stain it during the carton making.
If you see what looks like mud or deep staining then
it’s action time. You can call in a pro ( recommended )
or attempt a diy treatment yourself.
100% Australian designed and manufactured.
If anyone ever claims that their product can replace regular inspections then they are fibbing.
These windows are intended for use as an adjunct to termite barriers, in ground baits and professional
inspections and not intended as a replacement for same.