We live with Termites in Australia and the numbers are only going to increase. Out of all the species there are 8 main types capable of causing damage to homes.
Being subterranean and hollowing timber from the inside out. Termites go unnoticed until severe damage has been done. There are many ways termites in Australia enter our homes. This is where experience matters. Once they have entered the dwelling time is of the essence. If disturb termites will pull back to safety. Especially if sprayed with fly or surface spray. Termites will deem that area too dangerous and continue tunneling to another area of your home.
An expert pest controller should be familiar with the following types of termites;
- Coptotermes acinaciformis
- Schedorhinotermes intermedius
- Coptotermes frenchi
- Nasutitermes exitiosus
- Coptotermes lacteus
- Nasutitermes walkeri
- Heterotermes ferox
- Mastotermes darwiniensis
- Dampwood termites
Some of these termites are more aggressive than others. Some will even try and munch of rubber tyres! If is important that your pest controller know the difference in these species. To do an effective termite treatment you need to understand the feeding, breeding and nesting characteristics of each termite type.
What to do if you find Termites
The most important thing to do if you find termites in your home is to not disturb them. If you are renovating and your remove a sheet of dry wall, place it back over them. Keep the area dark and limit the foot traffic around that area. There is a temptation to spray them with fly spray. This is a really bad idea. What will kill the termites you see will actually lead to a much bigger headache. This will affect any professional termite treatment. So say no to a DIY termite treatment
A professional termite treatment is an application of termicide to that local area. It will not protect the rest of your home. To have complete peace of mind you will need to install a termite management system (termite barrier). The cost of a termite barrier is a substantial investment but will protect your home for the next 8 to 10 years. One of our Termite Treatment Brisbane Techs can come out and give you a free onsite quote for termite control. Home owners need to be proactive against termites in australia.