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Do you have termites around your home?
Getting to know the Termite
There are many species of termites in Australia, with 6 main families on 2 of which cause most of the damage to our homes and property.
Termites are a social insect, living together in colonies than can grow to huge numbers.
As with other ants, there are workers, soldiers and the breeding king and queen in the termite colony.
De-hydrating and dying quickly in exposed, sunlit environments, termites need a moist humid environment with an available water source to survive.
Termites travel and nest in the top 300mm of the soil. Treatments must go down into this soil to effectively eradicate a nest.
Evidence of termite activity is sometimes seen with the mud/dirt tunnels they build up brick or timber work to protect themselves from the direct sunlight.
Termites prefer soft pine timbers to other harder wood. Even in a steel frame home the termite can get into the timber trims around doors and windows as well as the doors themselves.
You can discourage termites by remembering these simple guidelines:
Termites are attracted to wood, so remove potential termite food away from buildings
- their food can include timber stacks, old stumps, building refuse, garden decoration such as sleepers and logs.
Waste timber from construction activities is often left in place or stored under the house – remove all timber formwork.
Timber can be treated to prevent termite attack, and some timbers are naturally resistant - use treated or naturally resistant timber when it is in contact with, or close to, soil.
Termites are attracted to water, so fix leaking water pipes, drains, showers, sinks etc, plus capture water from air conditioning units.
Termites prefer humid conditions, so keep air under the house dry by improving sub-floor ventilation, drainage and access.
Termites cannot chew through properly laid concrete, so ensure concrete slab is properly designed, compacted, and cured.
Termite colonies can sometimes be located - it is possible to eliminate colonies by killing the reproductive’s (the queen and the king).
Regular inspections are the most important part of controlling termites before they do any damage.
If you suspect or have discovered evidence of termites on in and around your house:
Don’t ignore the problem and hope it will go away. Termites can do a large amount of damage in as short amount of time and it is vital to address the problem as quickly as possible.
Do not disturb the termites in anyway (Fly spray is not the permanent solution you need).
It is important to call in a Termite Management professional as soon as possible.
Amayzing Pest Control Treatment procedure:
The first step is to accurately access the extent of the infestation, identify any possible termite access points or areas that could attract termites.
We conduct a Termite Inspection of your entire property before discussing the most appropriate treatment plan for your individual situation that suits you and your budget.
Treatments range from Chemical or Physical Barrier Systems to Reticulation or Interception Systems
When implementing the treatment we ensure that great care is taken of your home, property, fixtures and fittings, with the minimum of mess and disruption as possible.
If required, we will be drilling though driveways, concrete paths and tiles to reach the soil beneath Drilling occurs every 20cm. Whereever possible we drill in mortar joints between tiles.
We use the most appropriate industry standard chemicals for your situation. All chemicals are mixed in our tanks to prevent any mess or waste.
When completed we fill all drill holes with mortar. Our aim is to have the resulting finish as neat as possible.
Regular inspections are vital. At least once a year in cooler areas and twice a year in warmer areas.
Inspect during periods of high termite activity - early spring to late summer is generally the best.
Professional pest controllers are trained in inspecting houses for termite activity - use their services.
Quick Facts & Tips
| Termites have been around for over 250 million years|
| Mature Colonies can contain over 60,000 Termites|
| Termites detect sound through their legs|
| Termites groom by licking each other. |
| The termite Queen has secondary & tertiary reproductives to help lay eggs|
Termite information Channel 9 News April 2010
Termites entering house through a gap in bricks