Australia has a large number of termite species, and it is thought that around 20 of these are a threat to homes. Termites, sometimes known as white ants, are insects which eat dead wood, breaking down trees and performing an essential function in the wild. In towns and cities, however, termites do not recognise any difference between fallen trees and the wood which is used in homes and offices. This turns them from a beneficial insect into a pest. Termites also breed at terrific rates, and a single colony can hold around 200,000 individuals. They may also create vast tunnels which run for more than 100 metres away from the nest. This makes killing them with DIY insecticides and natural deterrents very difficult.
Spotting termite damage
The first signs of termites in your home may not come from your wood, but from the soil around your property. Finding these small insects in the dirt at the edges of the property is common, and may not mean that termites are in your wooden structures yet. You may also spot small, thin holes in woodwork around your property. When you notice these signs, it is time to call in termicide pest control experts to help eradicate the problem in your house and yard. Although it may be tempting to try to solve the problem with DIY termite poisons, these often fail to get all of the insects, meaning that the survivors can carry on eating the wood in your home.
What treatments are available?
There are several treatments which are available for termite infestation in the home, and your termite control officer will try to help you to decide which types of treatment will be suitable for your property. In cases where the termites have already penetrated the house, then the only option is usually to use chemicals to destroy the termites.
Once the first treatment has been completed, the termicide pest control teams will also inspect the property to ensure that there is no new or ongoing activity on your property. Your treatment will then be followed up with the use of chemical and physical barriers designed to deter termites from the property. For example, chemical treatments may include tars which will soak into the wood, providing a deterrent to termites and preventing them from settling into eves and other wooden structures around the home.