Termite Treatments and Barriers – Get It Done Right The First Time!
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Australia has the most destructive termites in the world causing hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to homes and business each year. It’s estimated one in five homes in Australia has had termites at some stage of it’s life. Brick and steel-framed houses, as well as timber, are at risk.
Most termite pest species in Australia are subterranean termites and need contact with the soil and moisture. Their nests may be visible as a mound, or be concealed underground.
Worker termites can travel up to 100m or more through the soil in mud tubes or they can follow tree roots or service pipes to get into homes looking for food sources. A colony can number several million individuals. Their diet consists of cellulose, starches and sugars and these nearly all come from wood. Termites derive much of their protein from fungi, which thrive in humid moist conditions.
Where buildings are attacked there is often more than one entry point and in most cases entry is from concealed areas. Timbers vary in their susceptibility to attack, but those that are susceptible include both soft and hardwoods.
Subterranean termite colonies due to their below ground nature are difficult to find. Termite colonies are found in the root crown or heartwood of living trees, tree stumps, behind sleeper retaining walls, under concrete and sometimes even under floors in homes.
Every termite colony consists of 4 casts each with a specific role in the colonies social structure.
King & Queen
Their function within the colony is reproduction.The queen is generally larger. She often lays more than a thousand eggs each day. Because of her size, she will normally have her own cell within the nest enlarged to accommodate her size, this cell is known as the royal cell. Workers The worker caste forms the largest number of all the castes in the colony. They perform all the tasks of the colony except defence and reproduction. The worker caste of pest species is the one that does the damage to our homes.
Soldiers are the most distinctive, hence the easiest to identify of the species. The soldiers in the colony can be distinguished with their darker head. Their main function is to defend the colony against predators, mainly other insects such as ants.
Alate Winged reproductive
Alate (winged) termites have dark, cylindrical bodies and four long equal length wings. After their mating flight normally during hot humid weather they will then drop to the ground, shed their wings, seek out a mate and suitable nesting site, mate and commence to form a new colony. They are the future kings and queens of new colonies.
FAQ: Termites work the nightshift, the dayshift, weekends and holidays
How do termites get in?
Houses and other buildings provide termites with the ideal combination of warmth, moisture, and food sources. Termites can find ways to enter your house that you’ve never thought of. They are small enough to gain entry into hidden areas of basements, crawl spaces and concrete slabs, through openings as small as 0.88 cm.
Termite survival depends on finding edible material to support the colony. Moving out of their colony they tunnel through the soil in search of moisture and food. They forage around bark landscaping, near air conditioner drip lines and below gutters. They also like tree stumps, timber decks, buried wood or construction material, and piles of firewood. A loose mortar joint, a small space around a drain pipe, or a settlement crack in the concrete slab is all they need to gain entry to your home.
Aren't new houses and homes concrete slabs virtually termite-proof?
The experience of homeowners nationwide shows that no home, new or old, is safe from termites. By building mud tubes termites can cross concrete, brick, metal, termite shields, pre-treated wood, or even a professionally applied termite barrier. Landscaping activities by the homeowner are also capable of disturbing the barrier – thus creating entry points for termites to attack your home.
If I haven't seen swarming termites, or traces of damage, can my home still be in danger?
Unfortunately yes. When a colony swarms, the winged termites are reproductive males and females and may be in the air for just a few minutes. Termites colonise structural members internally and eat wood from the inside out, making their activity detectable only by a professional termite inspection.
When is the right time to call in a termite professional?
The longer you delay treatment, the more damage termites will do. The termite treatment and structural repairs will become more extensive and more expensive. Generally speaking, the sooner you approve treatment, the better.
Is there a company that will give me a 7 year warranty on my termite barrier?
Yes by simply picking up your phone and dialing 1300 665 665 a Stevie Redback Termite Technician will come to your home and give you a free quote for the protection of your home. Don’t delay any longer, it will be the best value phone call you will have ever made.