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
Photos of termite mudding to help you identify it if you come across it in your homeRead More
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:
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.
These Nasutitermes were discovered in a garden area during an inspection, they were building mud shelter tubes foraging for food. A baiting program was established to eradicate the colony so that they wouldn't forage toward the house.
See a huge termite gallery that originates in a subfloor - along the ground and then travels up a pier to the underside of the flooring in a home. It highlights an obvious infestation and underscores the need for regular inspections.Read More
It's often thought that Ant capping will keep termites out of a building, unfortunately it doesn't quite work that way. Ant capping prevents termites entering undetected, rather than stopping them completely. This is why regular inspections are important, not checking ant capping regularly is like having a security camera that is never looked at, it's not going to be of any use unless it's actively used!
Read our detailed blog post on how ant capping here.
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Termites make themselves right at home in yours. This infestation was an extensive one, with large amounts of damage done to structural timbers on this house. Interestingly (or maybe not so much) the extent of the damage was only fully realised after the plaster board was removed and the frames visually inspected.