Termite Control

Treatment for Termites

Termites are arguably the biggest economic pest there is at the moment in Brisbane. Recent research shows that about one-third of all unprotected properties in Brisbane are susceptible to termite attacks. These highly destructive timber pests cause major structural damage and if not discovered early can cost more after fumigation with regard to damage repair.

Termites are found both in residential and commercial areas with gum trees as their ideal magnet. Hardwood timber mulch and railway sleepers on the ground are also examples of landscaping timber along with softwood building that termites find irresistible. The introduction of these and the removal of long lasting barrier chemicals in 1995 has aided in the rapid multiplication of termites in Brisbane.

Subterranean termites mostly live in protective underground environments. Nonetheless, they build tunnel systems and mud tunnels which the use to gain access to above-ground food sources. Another example of termites in Brisbane is the dry wood termites who prefer to live inside the wood they consume. Termites can also build above ground as long as there is a reliable source of moisture.

Dampwood termites are also common in Brisbane mostly infecting damp rotting logs and rot pockets in living or dead trees. Living in colonies, ants can travel up to 50 meters in search of food. They mostly feed on books, boxes, wood, drywall coverings, furniture, and other cellulose-based material.

It is important to make sure that you double-check on on-ground patios and cracks on the floor as these are the most common routes termites use to infest your home or workplace. Termites can also be detected termite shelter tubes, blowholes in trees, wood excavation, subterranean tunnels, collapsed timber, tree nests, neighbors, and soldiers and workers appearing singly.

Control Techniques

One good termite control technique is chemical soil treatment. This helps in preventing termites from gaining any access into your building. It is advisable to call a professional to aid with chemical soil as it involves skill and chemicals that may be harmful to you or those around you.

Another efficient termite control method is termite baiting. After termites find and consume sufficient bait, it eats away the skeleton and other termites eat them after they die. Since the bait was laced with chemicals, the other termites follow suit. You can also reduce a termite infestation by removing timber that is in contact with the soil and improving your subfloor ventilation.

In addition, ensure that you get subsequent inspections at least every 3 to 6 months if you have had termite activity before near timber structures or buildings. These inspections are supposed to comply with the termite inspection Australian Standard 3660 (A.S.3660) for an integrated termite control program.

Advantages of Termite Control

Did you know that termites cause more damage annually than fire and natural disasters combined? Termites can cost you a great fortune if not controlled and can be a gateway for other pests to invade your home. Although not commonly known for spreading diseases, termites can also contaminate your food storage as they gain access to your home.