Termites also commonly know as ‘white ants’ but more are closely related to the cockroach and have recently become part of the order of insects called Blatella. They are social insects and work within a colony structure.
Termites play an important role in nature by recycling fallen trees, limbs and stumps and return nutrients back into the soil.
There are over 300 species of termites throughout Australia most species feed on grass and decaying wood and are not a pest of man but some species that travel underground ‘Subterranean’ are destructive to our buildings and timber structures. These few species are responsible for tens of millions of dollars of damage to buildings and property throughout Australia each year.
Termites forage for their food source cellulose, from wood by tunnelling under ground as much as 50-100m from their nest. When above ground protect themselves by building shelter tubes of mud.
Termites are very secretive and silent, eating their way through timber from the inside and leaving just a thin veneer to protect them from the outside.
Understanding how termites work is the key to discovering their presence in a building, and applying an eradication plan and preventative strategy.
Only an inspection by a trained professional can reveal the hidden presence of termites, their entry route into the structure and any potential problems that may be conducive to termites entering a building in the future.
The Queen Rules
The queen can produce up to 2,000 eggs a day. These are taken to the nursery by the worker termites, and looked after until they develop into workers or soldiers and can work for the colony.
The Queen controls the colony and directs its members to seek out food supplies and build and maintain the nest and colony structure. The nest is usually in the ground, often under the roots of a tree.
By building protective mud leads, the termites can tunnel up to one hundred meters in search of food, usually timber. Once they find your house they can access it through minute cracks or gaps, or they can build their leads over constructions in order to get at the timber structure.
Insect Free Pest Management believe that one of the most important elements in the protection of buildings against termite attack is constant monitoiring.
Regular inspections, by a licensed pest controller are important. A Insect Free inspector will be able to discover hints and clues of termite presence, long before a householder becomes aware of them.
If termites are present on a property the eradication of the colony is helpful in reducing the chance of further damage to the building. Insect Free have a range of options available to monitor the presence of termites and to eradicate them.
Insect Free have been applying chemical barriers for many years to protect buildings from termites. Some people prefer not to use toxic chemicals around their home. There are alternatives.
Insect Free have available a number of non-chemical monitoring programs, and low toxic products available. Call Insect Free Pest Management for an obligation free assessment of your property.