Everything you need to know about termites

Quick facts about termites:

  • There are over 350 native species of termites in Australia and of these approximately 40 species are known to be harmful to homes/buildings

  • A termite nest can be as far away as 50-100m from where they are foraging

  • Termites are classified into three different categories according to their feeding and nesting habits: subterranean, drywood, and damp wood. 

  • It is estimated that 1 in 3 homes/buildings in Australia have termites within their property boundary

  • Termites cause more damage to homes in Australia than fire, floods and storms combined. 

  • Termites can cause so much damage that your home could be devalued in excess of 25%

  • A whole colony of termites can forage on up to 5g of wood per day

 

Termite inspection

 

The majority of houses in Australia are susceptible to termite infestation. Although a single termite would take thousands of years to cause any significant damage, collectively they can cause serious damage to your home in a relatively short period of time. We have approximately 360 different species of termites here in Australia, however, only a handful actually cause damage. As each species is unique, identifying the correct one is vital in creating a long-term, sustainable treatment strategy. 

 

Termites have the potential to cause thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of structural damage to your home or business. This is why we recommend a yearly termite inspection to facilitate early detection in order to prevent significant damage and costly repairs. Inspections also provide pest control professionals with the opportunity to identify the underlying reasons as to why a particular property is at risk of termites, and create an effective prevention strategy. 

 

How to know if you have a termite infestation

 

Termites thrive in places that are humid, dark, and hidden which makes them notoriously hard to find. This is the main reason why having professionals inspect your home is so important. 

 

Although it is rare that you will spot actual termites, they can leave behind a trail of damage and destruction. The following are common signs of termite infestation.

 

Weak skirting boards

 

Termites will seriously weaken the structural integrity of timber in your house. One of the most common ways that people first identify an infestation is that a small knock, or tap on the skirting board leads to a large dent or even hole. 

 

Hollow sounding timber

 

Termites eat timber from the inside out meaning that when you knock on wood it will sound empty/hollow. 

 

The doors and windows are hard to open

 

Termite feces known as ‘termite mud’ creates a protective environment that keeps in heat and moisture. This can cause timber to swell, making your doors and window fittings much more difficult to open. 

 

Cracks in the walls or doorways

 

As termites eat away at the timber in your walls, cracks can start to form due to structural damage. 


 

How Pest Control Ballarat can help 

 

If you discover termites in your home it is important that you act swiftly to prevent further costly damage. Here at Pest Control Ballarat we have termite treatment plans that are specifically designed for your unique situation and needs. Our highly skilled pest control experts offer the best termite treatment and prevention in Ballarat. 

 

We have a number of different methods when it comes to termite infestations. The first option is our in-ground termite baiting. Using this method our professionals will place underground bait stations in multiple locations around your property. Termites are attracted to the bait and will take it back to their colony’s nest, sharing the lethal toxins with the rest of the colony. This method is very unobtrusive and highly effective. It is also used in termite prevention. 

 

The second method we use is above ground baiting for when termites are found out in the open. Much like the underground baiting stations, termites will consume the bait and return to the colonies, eliminating all the other termites. The bait is extremely attractive to termites but non-toxic to pets and children. 

 

We can also use a liquid chemical barrier which is proven to be one of the most highly effective methods of termite treatment. The chemicals can stop termites within hours and is only harmful to termites. Not only does this eliminate termites quickly, but it provides a longer term sustainable barrier to future termite infestations. 

 

Termite prevention

 

Termite prevention should be at the top of the list for every property owner. Putting in place proper strategies to prevent termite infestation can save you tens of thousands of dollars of costly repairs. Our experts at Pest Control Ballarat can offer you the best termite prevention on the market, saving you lots of time and money in the future. 

 

Pre-build

 

Although this only applies to newly built properties if you are building a new house then this is the best and most effective time to implement termite prevention. The most common method of prevention during the build stage is the use of a Basaltic Termite Barrier which is made of rock particles. This barrier is packed so tightly that no termites can infiltrate it. Another method is termite mesh and also poured concrete. Give one of our professionals at Pest Control Ballarat a call to discuss your options today. 

 

Existing homes

 

Our experts at Pest Control Ballarat have a range of prevention strategies that we use to prevent termite infestations. One of the most common is to reduce all soil to wood contact points around the house. Another strategy is to keep all plants a few feet away from your home. Prevent water from damaging any wood on your property as subterranean termites prey on moist wood. 

 

Termite categories

 

Subterranean

 

This category of termites are the most common and are widely known as the most destructive worldwide. Subterranean termites thrive in humid conditions, particularly in warm climates after rainfall. They are much less common in dry conditions or in winter. 

 

Drywood

 

Drywood termites live in smaller colonies, typically of fewer than 1000, and wholly inside pieces of timber. These little pests receive all their moisture from the wood and do not need other water sources. They thrive in high humidity environments. As Drywood termites do not need contact with the ground they can grow unnoticed for years until timber is so damaged that it breaks.

 

Dampwood

 

This type of termite usually forage decayed wood that remains moist due to contact with the soil or if there is a water leak or extensive rain. Similar to drywood termites they can infest on timber for years and years before being found.

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