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Termites

 

About Termites

When you have termites, you can spot them by their highly distinctive mud tubes. You’ll be prone to termites if you have water pooling or leaking around your house. If your landscape is graded towards your house, for example, you will be at greater risk of termite infestation.

 

Termites like it damp

Termites need a damp, humid environment in order to survive. They simply dry out and die off when it’s too dry.

 

Their need for dampness is why termites build mud tubes or tunnels to move around in. They build them from the inside out, and the tubes protect the humid environment they need. Termite tubes can be 5 - 10 mm in diameter.

 

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Termites are well travelled!

Like ants, termites are a colony with a queen at the centre, and workers go out to forage. Worker termites can travel up to 100 metres away from the nest, in every direction, depending on the species.

 

So when you think about that tree stump in your back yard, and all the directions that termites will travel in, you’ll be surprised at the enormous distance that they can cover.

 

Termites can eat a lot of wood

It is uncommon for termites to focus entirely on just consuming the wood inside your house. This is partly because of the trails that workers will forge in their quest for decomposing plant matter and cellulose.

 

But termites will eat a lot! If they have a nest at full strength, and they have nothing else to eat but your wooden verandah, they will destroy about 40 cm of 2 x 4 planks in just two weeks. They can cause a lot of damage.

 

Treating termites

Termites are treated by a foam that is carefully sprayed into the identified termite sites. This then has to be allowed to soak in. While the treatment won’t necessarily kill off the termites, it will repel them. Until the termites have gone away, they have to be left completely undisturbed for two weeks, while the property is monitored and treated.

 

Termites will shut trails down if you disturb them

Termites are highly sensitive. Disturbing them can cause them to shut their mud tube trails down, only to go and find another way to the food source. That is why you can’t touch or disturb a termite trail before or during treatment.

 

This is also why termites can shut down renovation work. If termites are discovered during the process of renovation, they are treated very carefully. Pest controllers like us are brought in to treat the area and get rid of the termites, while also monitoring the property, to make sure they have truly gone somewhere else before renovations re-start.

 

Termite species 

There are approximately 2,500 termite species around the world, and about 350 species in Australia. But, of those, only about 30 species are considered pests.

 

Termites are not true ants. They are, in fact, a completely separate species known as Isoptera. Only one species, Coptotermes acinaciformis is found in every mainland Australian state. They are also the most destructive termites in the country, and will eat all timber whether it is alive or dead. But they will also destroy the outer lead sheaths of cables. The coptotermes acinaciformis will also travel a long way from their nests. They are subterranean, and will travel up to 100 m from the nest.

 

In South Australia there are also four other species of termite. They are:

  • Coptotermes lacteus
  • Nasutitermes exitiosus
  • Coptotermes frenchi
  • Heterotermes ferox


Like Coptoteres acinaciformis, Coptotermes frenchi is highly destructive. They don’t travel as far from the nest - typically 50 to 70 metres - but they do live underground and work under cover. You will typically find them in eucalyptus trees, but also in wooden poles, in tree stumps, and in building structures where they eat both hardwoods and softwoods.

 

The next species, Nasutitermes exitiosus, is also a damaging termite. You will find them in hardwood timbers rather than softwood structures. But you’ll also find them in timbers that are embedded in the ground. When they’re in buildings, the Nasutitermes exitiosus will fill cavities in the structure, and also under the floors.

 

The Heterotermes ferox species of termite is only found in some parts of South Australia. You’ll spot them by the way that they retreat backwards when they’re disturbed. You will only find them in weathered timbers that are on the ground, and their colonies are adjacent to stumps, logs, or beside mounds of other types of termites.

 

Coptotermes lacteus are the final species that exist in South Australia, but you won’t find them in buildings or in urban areas. They are forest-dwellers. And unlike their subterranean cousins, they build mounds. These mounds can rise up to 2 m in height, and are cone-shaped.

 

Not sure what type of termite you’ve got?

Detail Pest Control will identify the type of termites you have on your property, and will be able to recommend the most effective control methods. Book an appointment online.

 

Termite protection

After eliminating termites from your home, keeping it termite-free requires monitoring. Because of the distance that termites travel, sometimes getting rid of the nest isn’t possible. It might, for example, be on a neighbouring property. Protecting your home from termites for the long-term will depend on your home and your environment.

 

Contact us today to book an appointment. We will come to your home, assess your needs, and tell you exactly what you can do to protect your home.

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Termites

You’ll be prone to termites if you have water pooling or leaking around your house. They need a damp, humid environment.

 


  

Rodents

Like most animals, rodents become a problem when you’ve given them a source of food. They’re simply after something to eat.

 


  

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