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Termites

Termites
CSIRO research indicates that 1 in 3 homes will experience termite damage at some stage in their lifetime. Termites can cause great damage to homes and if left untreated can cost homeowners thousands of dollars in building repair work.

Many insects are often misidentified as termites, especially ants. Termites are sometimes referred to as “white ants” because they are pale in appearance.

There are a number of different species of termites found in Sydney. Some species are more aggressive in the damage they cause than others but they are all subterranean and require moisture, timber, soil and humidity to survive.

The most common species we encounter in Sydney are –

  • Coptotermes
  • Schederhinotermes
  • Nasuititermes
  • Hetrotermes

Termites live in large colonies and generally make their nests on the ground, inside trees and stumps or in aboreal nests on branches of trees. They travel underground and create mud tunnels to protect them from drying out in the atmosphere. The colony consists of many thousands of termites and it is made up of soldiers, workers, a queen, king and winged reporductives who all play an important role in keeping their colony going strong.

Unfortunately for us, our homes provide shelter for termites as well as a source for food (timber) and moisture (leaking showers, dripping taps etc) and termites are often found making their nests in the subfloors, wall cavities and roof voids of our homes.

We recommend that homeowners have a thorough Termite Inspection annually to ensure termites have not gained entry to the home since the last termite inspection was carried out. Early detection is important before too much damage is caused.

Home Owners can discourage termites be remembering these facts…

  • Termites are attracted to timber, so remove and dispose of any loose timber laying around your property and especially underneath your home. Potential feeding sites are stored timber and old formwork timber left in place under homes, tree stumps, sleepers and logs. Stack wood for open fires off the ground and away from the home.
  • Timber can be treated to prevent termite attack and some timbers are naturally resistant to termites. Use treated or naturally resistant timber in construction and metal stirrups when timber is in close contact to the ground.
  • Termites are attracted to moisture, so repair leaking water pipes, taps, guttering, downpipes, drains and showers. Ensure that hot water and air-conditioning overflow outlets are connected to drains or downpipes.
  • Termites prefer humid conditions where the air is still, so ensure good cross ventilation of subfloor areas to keep the air moving and improve drainage if the subfloor is damp.
  • Termites can gain entry to homes through cracks in concrete slabs and through weep holes in external walls that are covered by garden beds against the home. Ensure garden beds are kept away from the concrete slab edge and weep holes in external walls are exposed.
  • Stored items against external walls of homes can conceal termite entry. Move items away from the external walls of the home.

 

Recommended Service: Termite Treatment