Some people think that because their house is built on a concrete slab that it is harder for termites to enter the dwelling. Termites have the ability to come through the horizontal surface of the slab through hairline cracks in the concrete.
Due to the ability of Termites to infest homes in this way, it is imperative that your Inspector utilises the latest Thermal Imaging tools to assist in detecting nests inside wall cavities or behind bathroom wall tiles/shower recesses.
If your inspector does not use the latest technological tools, Termites may be doing unseen structural damage to your house Timbers. Only by having regular Termite Inspections can you detect Termites early and avoid very costly repairs!
If you haven’t had a Termite Inspection in the last 6-12 months, You are OVERDUE!
Once it is determined, by a Timber Pest Inspection, that you have Live Termites in your home, a detailed Treatment Proposal/ Quote is provided to you for your consideration as to the steps required and associated costs to perform the Termite Treatment.
Stage 1/ Consists of Colony Control measures such as Drill Testing of trees and stumps on grounds of the property and Treatment of live termites within the building using professional Dusting techniques as required.
Once Stage 1/ Colony Control is completed, termites are to be left undisturbed for 28 days. At the conclusion of 28 days, a follow-up termite inspection of treated areas is performed. Once it is determined that all live termites are eradicated, It is strongly recommended that Stage 2/ Barrier Treatment /Treated Zone Options be implemented as soon as possible otherwise the Colony Control treatment process may need to be repeated.
Stage 2/ Barrier Treatment / Treated Zones
Unless the building characteristics of a dwelling prohibit the implementation of an Australian Standard Termite Barrier/Treated Zone, it is Strongly Recommend that this is done immediately following Stage 1. Treatment as per AS3660.2 will provide the maximum protection. This includes Treatment to the Subfloor & Exterior of Dwelling via Trenching, Drilling & Injecting with a Termiticide to provide Ongoing / Residual Termite Control & Protection.
Where building characteristics of a dwelling do not permit a complete Australian Standard Termite Barrier, Termite Baiting Systems may be employed as an alternative solution. Please note that this is not the preferred option however Baiting Systems are an ideal alternative to assist in monitoring & treating Termites around the property. Termite baiting systems are usually monitored on a quarterly basis. When asking for a termite baiting system, ensure to request an always active system.
Follow-Up Inspections. Once the Australian Standard Termite Barrier /Treated Zone has been implemented, Quarterly Follow-Up Inspections must be performed every 3 months for the 1st 12 months. All of these detailed should be clearly outlined in the Treatment Proposal provided at the commencement of works.
If your Pest Control Technician does not follow Professional protocol, he may be offering a bandaid solution (quick fix-low cost) which may fail to address the overall Termite Infestation in your home resulting in further Termite Damage and repair costs!
Instist on using an experienced Professional Pest Control Technician - Ask for Hancock Pest Control!
Dust application to live Termites
Except for a few isolated high rainfall areas, Coptotermes Species is the most destructive species targetting timber buildings. Identification on the basis of soldiers can be unreliable - locality, nesting habits, and measurements can assist identification. Their nests may vary from being completely underground, in an old stump or living tree, in sleeper retaining walls, or in domed mounds. Colonies contain a queen, king, soldiers, workers, and reproductives. Soldiers are 3.5 to 6.5mm, have no teeth on their mandibles and pear-shaped yellowish heads which exude a drop of milky fluid from the frontal gland on the top of their head when disturbed.
Coptotermes acinaciformis: does not build mounds, except in its more northern occurrences. They are central site nesters in tree stumps, living trees, under filled-in verandahs where timber has been buried, and in walls. A tree containing a nest may harbour up to a million termites in the single colony. The nest may be located in the root crown of the tree or in the main trunk up to a height of 3 meters where the trunk is hollowed out in the centre and filled with earth-like material "mud-guts" packed above the nest area.
Via underground tunnels or sealed mud leads, buildings within a radius of 50m may be attacked resulting in extensive undetected damage. It is therefore essential that any trees close to buildings be closely monitored & drill tested for nests. Soil contact is desirable for these termites, but not essential, provided that there is an assured moisture supply and secure habitat. Although their identification can be difficult, they tend to be more aggressive and less easily disturbed than other species.
Subterranean termites aka "white-ants" are a highly destructive timber pest, causing major structural timber damage to buildings in NSW ✦ HOME INSURANCE does NOT cover the repair costs which can be severe for wall and roofing timbers.
Schedorhinotermes intermedius are the second most destructive Termite species in New South Wales. They tend to nest in tree stumps and in the root crown area of living, dead and debilitated trees as well as in timber buried in the ground, under properties, under filled-in verandahs, and in the ground immediately under fireplaces.
This species is typified by two soldier castes: major soldiers with bulbous heads and 5 to 7.5mm and smaller minor soldiers 3 to 5.5mm with narrower heads and more slender mandibles. Both soldier types do not produce the white latex which Coptotermes acinaciformis does.
They are multi-site nesters whose nests may be difficult to locate as they are subterranean. Colonies including a queen, king, soldiers, workers and reproductives may consist of thousands of termites. The minor soldiers appear first in the developing colony, followed by the major soldiers once the nest is well established. Their abundance usually indicates a well-developed and strong colony with increasing potential for damaging timber. This species is second in economic pest status to Coptotermes spp. in most parts of Australia, with their attack taking place under the protection of extensive deposits of fragile "plastering" and excavations are fairly clean with characteristic plaster-like earthen workings separating the termites from the adjacent environment. It is very difficult to evaluate its damage to buildings without a very thorough survey of its activity.
The soldier termites of this species have rounded heads, long straight mandibles and yellowish-brown bodies. They are between 5 and 7 mm (0.20 and 0.28 in) long.
The nests of Nasutitermes walkeri are initially established in the crowns of trees at sites where there is some damage to the timber from fire or decay. A more substantial nest is later constructed higher up, sometimes as high as 20 m (66 ft) above the ground. The outside of the nest has a thin, papery surface and the internal structure is also fragile. The termites feed mainly at ground level and they create tubes down the trunk of the tree and then surface tubes or subterranean passages through the soil to reach damp or rotting timbers. These termites only feeds on moist timber and this may be at some distance from the nest tree. They will attack fence posts and poles but seldom damage woodwork in houses unless there is decay, however several cases of Nasutitermes infesting homes on the Central Coast of NSW has been identified by our firm!