Termites (White Ants)
Termites or 'White Ants' as they are often called, are endemic to Australia with over 360 classified species.
Termites have a highly developed social organisation, they live in colonies, numbering from a few hundred to millions. In each colony there are several distinct castes, each of which has particular structure and functions related to the survival and maintenance of the colony. Although in many ways their behavior appears to resemble that of the ants, termites are not in fact ants but rather are more closely related to the cockroach.
Termites’ diet consists mostly of cellulose, which is obtained from a variety of sources such as living trees, seasoned timber, books and grasses. Termites are also known to chew through non-organic materials.
These termites build their nest in trees, in tree stumps, under houses and within enclosed patios or other areas where timber has been buried or stored in contact with the soil. Subterranean termites’ habitats are limited by their need to obtain moisture from a water source. Subterranean termites can gain entry in houses and buildings in a variety of ways:
- By constructing mud tubes over concrete stumps
- By tunneling up the centre pipe of wooden stumps
- Constructing mud tubes from the soil to the flooring within cavity walls
- Through hairline cracks which appear in concrete slabs around plumbing and electrical conduits.
Five of the twenty Termite castes that are of some level of economic importance in their region can be found in the subtropical climate of the Gold Coast, these are:
These termites will attack timber in contact with the ground, such as poles, fencing, weatherboard and trees. These termites are more commonly found in older houses where wood is in contact with the ground and there is poor ventilation or leaks from plumbing.
These termites are capable of attacking sound, seasoned wood that is not in contact with the ground. They obtain their moisture from the atmosphere and as a result can attack small articles of furniture and structural timber in houses.
It is important to note that certain termite species can cause a vast amount of damage to a building in a short period of time. If you find termites or signs of Termite Activity and Infestation in or around your property, it is essential that you do NOT disturb them and promptly contact Surekil Pest Contol for aTermite Inspection.
Surekil Pest Control's Termite Inspections are carried out by one of our fully qualified, licensed and insured Termite Inspectors in accordance with AEPMA'S Industry Code of Best Practice for Termite Management and AS 3660.2:2017 Termite Management Part 2: In and around existing buildings and structures.
A regular inspection includes an assessment of:
- The interior of the building, excluding furniture and stored items
- The exterior of the building including any trees, stumps and timbers within the property boundaries and no more than 50m from the building
- Any accessible roof voids
- Any accessible sub-floor space
Termite Treatment and Termite Protection
Surekil Pest Control are also accredited to offer eligible customers the TimberSecure $100,000 Insurance Policy.
Helpful Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Termite Infestation
Some handy tips on Termite Prevention and what you can do to help reduce your risk of Termite Infestation.
The following Termite Profile was prepared by the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) and provides a brief overview of termites and what you should do to ensure that you are protected.