Learn about Termites
Understand termites, the risks they bring and how to eliminate them.
Signs of Infestation
Termites are usually very hard to see until they've had a significant impact on a structure. At this point, you will be able to easily penetrate affected surfaces, as it's not uncommon for Termites to devour wood right until they reach paint.
- Mud Tunnels—muddy tunnels on your property used by Termites
- Frass—sawdust-like piles of Termite droppings
- Aborial nests—large muddy growths attached to trees
- Damaged Wood—weakened or moist wood
- Wings—generally discarded by swarmers
- Swarmers—termites in their reproductive stage, generally near window sill's or natural light
Habitats and Feeding
Subterranean termite infestations are often unwittingly encouraged by human error—providing termites with the ideal conditions for their establishment and development. When a pair seek a site to establish a colony, they are exposed to the outside environment—unless their food, shelter and moisture requirements are met, they will die. Wood in soil and dead tree stumps are often the best places for termites.
Termites feed on wood, leaves, bark, grass or materials containing cellulose. Termites depend on large numbers of one-celled animals living in their hind gut to break down the cellulose to acetic acid which termites are capable of digesting. Worker termites and older nymphs consume wood and share nourishment with developing younger termites.
To minimise risk of infestation, ensure sub-floor areas are well ventilated and protected against moisture, stop leaky drainage and pipes and keep your gardens free of dead stumps and wood pieces—the best way to check your risk is to contact a Termatrac Specialist.
Inspections & Treatment
Inspections can determine whether infestations and damage are present, whether remedial control measures will be effective and which conditions could encourage a termite attack. Inspections should be performed by inspectors who understand your building's construction elements. Termatrac's equipment makes inspections less intrusive by mitigating the need for knocking or drilling.
When there is a risk of attack, inspectors will use chemicals to treat and kill off termites and their nests. Some chemicals kill immediately, while others are carried with the termite back to the nest before activating.
When constructing a building, it is always effective to ensure a chemical barrier is sprayed or injected at appropriate points around the structure. It's also prudent to build with preventative measures in mind.