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We often get asked if a particular suburb has ha high incidence of termite activity. I often have to explain that most areas are! If you look at this map you'll notice that a lot of the highly populated areas of Australia are also zones with high environmental termite pressure!
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.
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
Fences are often made of timber, it's important to keep an eye on these as they can often attract termites and become a target in themselves.Read More
Most people have heard of thermal imaging inspections, mostly due to the heavy advertising that takes place to promote it by inspectors. But many people don't realise the limitations that comes from using thermal imaging. Here is a great example of why the Termatrac T3i is superior in detecting termites. (And no, I'm not paid by Termatrac, more like I pay them for my Termatrac!)
In this particular instance, the ceiling did not have any temperature variation at all, which meant that thermal imaging was not able to detect any activity at all. The Termatrac however, could locate the areas of activity, thus allowing the area to be baited accurately with minimal disturbance to the termites.
The colony was safely eradicated due to the ability for the Termatrac to accurately pinpoint the areas of activity!
Getting a termite inspection also involves determining the species of termites in a building and also the species of those surrounding the building. Each species have their own characteristics, interestingly only About 12 Species of termite damage sound timber in Australia. That's of the approximately 350 species in Australia, so determining termite species is important. The behaviour of these timber destroying species does vary, so an accurate identification is essential.
So, make sure that termites are identified correctly during an inspection. The threat to your property, the type of treatment options and the effectiveness on control all depend on correctly identifying the termites in and around your home!
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