See a video of what Termites look like as they infest timbers in a subfloor.Read More
You're walking around your house and you see some new mud on the wall, how can you tell if this mud is from Termites or just some annoying wasps building their nursery on your wall?
How do you tell the difference between Termite mudding and a wasp nest?Read More
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Photos of termite mudding to help you identify it if you come across it in your homeRead More
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We often get calls when people find some dust, debris or any fine material that appears out of places it probably shouldn't. Good news is, it's not always termites, but it's bad news when it is. How can you identify what it is?
Termites build mud shelter tubes to keep them nice and cozy and moist, they can't be exposed as they will dehydrate and die. So, keeping this in mind, you need to remember that you're looking for nice moist, tightly packed mud. If the termite activity isn't new, the mud may be quite dry and cracked, but it's normally quite dense and difficult to break off. Termites are great engineers, and they will build solid mud tubes that protect them from the outside world.
If you see any debris or something that isn't where it should be, give it a rub with your finger, if it's hard and doesn't break away easily then it could likely be termite mud!
Here are some pictorial examples of what to look for:
Here is a deceptive example:
This is some termite damaged timber that has been treated with Arsenic trioxide dust. You can see the remnants of the arsenic in the galleries in the timber, its bright red! Arsenic trioxide dust was introduced many years ago as a means of treating live termites in their workings in an attempt to eradicate the colony. Whilst it has been an effective means, arsenic trioxide is extremely toxic and there are much better methods nowadays that don't introduce toxic chemicals into your property. Termidor dust and baiting are just some methods that can be used. Unfortunately, arsenic trioxide is still readily available and still being used by pest controllers in Australia.
Ant Capping is designed to prevent undetected termite entry.
As with all termite management systems, they are primarily designed to force termites out in the open so they can be easily detected during an inspection, or to deter their entry. For these systems to work effectively, 2 conditions must be met:
- The physical barrier system needs to be complete, covering all entry points and forming a continuous barrier around the perimeter of the building.
- The property needs to be regularly inspected to ensure that the system is working correctly and there are no termites trying to infest the property.
Check the following photos that identify common problems with ant capping.
A Pre Purchase inspection doesn't just tell you if there are termites or other timber pests in a house. It's important to discover and report on conducive conditions and other potential timber pest problems.
One common problem is that houses are left with timber formwork behind when concrete is poured and not removed once the concrete is set. Often this is because the remaning formwork is either inaccesible or difficult to remove.
This formwork creates not only a great food source for termites but also usually generates a great entry point for them to get into other parts of a building.