Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast - Termite inspections and treatments.
Termites eating books!
Here some termites (Schedorhinotermes) have eaten out the bottom of a bookshelf and have made these books their meal. Even if there isn't timber available, termites will always find something expensive to eat!
A Lovely new development - ready for new homes!
Trees were recently cleared on this block to make way for a new development. What can't be seen are the termites that have now gone underground, awaiting the new homes to be built!
Termite workers on the run
These Schedorhinotermes workers were exposed during an inspection at Lake Macquarie. They quickly follow their shelter tubes to run away from the potential danger.
Not every spider is a pest!
Spiders perform various beneficial functions, although they eat lots of pest insects, they don't eat termites.
Reticulation system on an addition.
When renovating, it's important to add termite protection to any additions. Not only will it help meet local council requirements, but will protect your investment.
Stalactites from a leaking shower!
A Termite inspection requires a thorough search for anything that might attract termites or other wood destroying pests. Water leaks are a major attractant for termites. Imagine our surprise (and the poor clients!) when we discovered a water leak that had been going for so long that it formed these spectacular stalactites!
A termite nest in a tree.
When we are inspecting for Termites, we not only check the house but look for termites around the house, here is a Nasutitermes nest in a tree.
Termite damage - formwork in a subfloor.
Often there are timbers left in a subfloor that are no longer needed. Left over from the construction phase of the building, they are great termite food and are often the bridge that termites need to infest a property. This was discovered during an inspection on a home in the Central Coast.
Inside a Termite Nest.
Have a look inside a termite nest. This is a Nasutitermes nest - which is often found in a mound on the ground, if they're near your home then they could be a threat to your home.
Termite Damage in a Heritage Building.
Termites attacking a termite bait station attractant.
We regularly check termite bait stations to ensure that they are correctly protect a property. Here we see a bait station that's been attacked by termites. We quickly bait them to ensure that the colony does not threaten the home.
Termite mud gallery on a tree
Termite Damage - Drawers in a Shipping container.
Shipping containers are great for storage, but they aren't termite proof. The Flooring allows termites to get in very easily and often goods stored in a shipping container are easily destroyed by termites, especially if it's not being regularly inspected.
A Termite Entry point in a subfloor
A Massive Coptotermes colony set up a very large entry point (and sub nest) in a subfloor into a house in the Central Coast. They ate out all the formwork and timber that was in the subfloor. This could have easily been avoided if the home had the formwork removed when it was constructed, or anytime thereafter for that matter!
Baiting Termites to eradicate the colony.
We sometimes have to squeeze a bait box in remote locations! This bait box will feed the termites in this wall a specially formulated bait that will eventually kill off the whole colony. Thus protecting structures from future attack from this colony.
Fungal Decay (or Wood rot) is a severe timber pest. The fungus destroys the lignin in the timber and it becomes weak and loses its structural integrity.