Understanding Termite behaviour is a great place to start when trying to control Termites or any Pest in that case.
Termites work in many different ways during different periods through out the year and especially during Summer months when Termites are very active.
Termites will attack homes, and interior timbers such as:
- Timber Framing
- Timber Flooring
- Skirting boards
- Door Jambs
- Window frames
- Roof timbers
- Subfloor bearers and joists
- Eave facia boards
- Tree Stumps
- Landscaping timbers
- Retaining walls
Termites are active every day of every month in all seasons especially in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
Termites are forever searching for food and moisture, they never give up. Your home provides the best place for a feed, even brick houses get attacked, so do steel framed homes as termites still enter the home and eat door frames, windows, flooring, skirting boards and the internal wall lining.
Rest assured, The Pest Company can provide solutions in managing your home from a termite attack.
A Few Termite Control Tips
Conducive conditions likes gardens against the house, water leaks, using untreated landscaping and retaining timbers in gardens, burying fence palings into the ground, cutting down trees and leaving the stumps are just a few of the more common conducive conditions that home owners need to be aware of as these conducive conditions provide Termites with a food source and are best removed to help reduce the likelihood of termite ingress.
Keep all conducive conditions away from your property or at least as far as possible away from the structure. Moisture is possibly one of the worst conducive conditions to deal with when trying to achieve Termite Control, ensure your drainage is adequate and all over flow pipes like Hot Water System and Air conditioning over flows are directed well away from the property but ideally into a drain.
Termite Damage/Workings Identification
Termites will damage homes beyond repair. Never assume termites are just in one location as they will at times move on from an area in search of new timbers and moisture and return later.
The photo below shows evidence of termite damage and workings from a termite species called Schedorhinotermes that damage timbers very fast and are unpredictable. Even though termites are at times are easily scared off if disturbed they will not leave the building.
Warning #1 - If you disturb the termites or open up the damaged areas and don't see live termites, doesn't mean the termites have left the building, they may have just been disturbed and moved a little further into concealed areas to avoid the light and you so they can return later.
Warning #2 - Please do not disturb the termite damage or workings until you get a licensed termite expert like The Pest Company (Ph: 1300 552234) to take a closer look, if you really disturb the termites too much it makes it very difficult to treat live termites if they are not there any longer.
Best approach (live termites or not) if you have opened up the workings/damaged areas immediately cover it with dark tape to keep the termites concealed in the areas till a treatment by a qualified termite technician can be carried out
"PLEASE Do not spray them".
If in doubt call us 1300 552234
Learn more about Termite Control
There are more than 2,000 species of termites. Out of these, 300 are pests that can cause damage to property and plant life. According to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, there are over 350 termite species in Australia. On the positive side, termites recycle organic matter back to the soil. The insects tend to avoid light as much as possible. As such, they normally tend to hide away in darkness by burrowing into materials such as wood. They also build tube like structures using mud.
Facts About Termites
Termites thrive in a wide range of climates. However, they normally require moisture, optimal temperature, food, and shelter to survive. Termites do not have eyes but rely on chemical signals and sense of touch to move around, find food, and build shelter. Finally, termite colonies consist of an equal number of female and males, which is the case even for termites that work as soldiers.
Signs Of Termite Infestation
Termites mostly live under the ground or inside wood. This can make the task of spotting an infestation quite hard. Nevertheless, these insects do leave behind tell-tale signs of an infestation including:
A few times every year, usually during the summer termites leave their colonies in swarms. The swarming may take place in the afternoon, If you notice any sign of this type of activity, it is an indication that there is a termite colony nearby.
Termite swarms might appear in your absence. If you suspect this is the case, look for signs of discarded wings. When swarms leave a nest, they discard their wings soon after in order to start a new colony elsewhere. This is a sign that you have a termite problem.
This is another sign that indicates the presence of termites. Therefore, you should look for any unusual patterns on wood, but more importantly is to get a licensed termite inspector to carry out a thorough Termite Inspection and Written report.
Since termites tend to destroy wood from inside, look for termite droppings. If you spot droppings, which can look like fine dust, you are likely to have a termite infestation.
Termite Mud Tubes
This is one of the tell-tale signs of subterranean termites. The mud tubes serve as links between a termite colony and its sources of food.
These are quite common in Australia and prolific throughout Queensland. They are easy to spot as they always protrude above the ground.
Where To Look For Termite Infestation
Although termites typically prefer warm and moist areas, there are certain spots around a house that require regular checks. These include foundation cracks, areas where wood makes contact with the ground, areas with foam insulation, and areas where there are crawl spaces. All of these areas provide good entry points for termites, but in the real world of termites they can track up pretty much any material, steel, bricks and even treated timbers.
Treating Termite Infestation
According to statistics published by CSIRO, only 20% of Australian homeowners hire a pest control professional to carry out termite inspections. The remaining 80 percent just assume their homes are safe from these insects.
This can be a very expensive mistake, especially on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. By using the services of a specialist, you will be able to clear the infestation before the termites damage your house beyond repair. It is also important to note that each house is unique meaning treatment options will vary widely.
Subterranean Termite Treatment & Control
This usually involves the use of liquid termiticides to clear the infestation. You can opt to use repellant termiticides or non-repellant termiticides. Repellant termiticides create a barrier that is quite unappealing to the insects. To achieve this goal, one has to treat the soil thoroughly in order to cover as many termite entry points as possible. The only drawback to this form of treatment is that it only kills termites that come into direct contact with the termiticide. On the other hand, non-repellent termiticides do not repel the insects. The idea is to let as many termites as possible come into contact with the treated soil. As a result, many end up dead with the possibility of a transfer effect back to the colony.
Dry Wood Treatment Options
Unlike the subterranean treatment, the dry wood approach is best left to the experts as fumigation will be required.
If you see signs of a termite infestation at home, it is important to contact The Pest Company immediately.
Because of the climate on the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads to Byron Bay areas and Brisbane it is crucial that you arrange an annual pest inspection. If termites get into your property it can be ruined in a short amount of time.