Information Sheet on Termites

Information Sheet on Termites


We are often asked by clients of ADAPTABLE Pest Control – “Is our property safe from termites.”

The answer in part is -

- State Forests data shows that 1 in 5 homes in Australia are attacked to some degree in its life.
- Australia’s termite species are some of the most destructive in the world.
- They are the cause of the greatest economic losses of timber in service in Australia.
However, there are many modern and excellent ways to increase your chances of avoiding termite attack, & we encourage people to take the time to speak to us about very simple things they can do at little or no cost.

One of the best things is to know a little about termite and how they live. This sheet is aimed at that goal.

Even though the most destructive species live in large colonies often containing several million workers & soldiers, they are very good at staying out of sight. Also homeowners can inadvertently help them if not careful.

Subterranean termites live ‘below’ the ground but have the ability once tunnels are created to live above soil level. They must maintain a humidity and temperature level within specific parameters and to do this build ‘mud tubes’ called galleries, to travel and work within. These can often be seen in inspection zones if careful care is taken.

Termites will build single galleries – these ‘mud tubes’ – of over 50 meters to reach food sources. Unfortunately even concrete slabs do not always act as effective deterrents or barriers. They can penetrate through small cracks caused by shifting ground that cause breaks, or around poorly protected pipes to gain entry. They can also build access galleries up walls to gain entry through ‘weep’ holes in brickwork around the edge of slabs.

Once timber is found to eat termites devour almost the entire amount leaving only a thin veneer on the outside. If this timber is your home it provides a great shelter and a food source better than any large tree. In fact termites will eat any material containing cellulose, their principle food. This means materials such as furniture, printed material like paper and books, fabrics, footwear, packing cases, even garden tools. Termites can also damage non-cellulose materials including soft metals, inferior concrete and plastics such as polyethylene piping.

In rare cases following colonization flights they may create nests in a wall cavity without making ground contact. In these cases it may be almost impossible to determine their presence until extensive damage occurs revealing their nest. These occurrences are a real problem for both pest controllers as well as owners.

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