A survey of many hundreds of houses showed that 1 in 5 houses had active termites, or had a termite history. Regular timber pest inspections are crucial to provide you information that leaves you better prepared to deal with termites in your area, options to mitigate the potential for termite infestation, or allow you to renew your chemical/physical protection warranty.
There are many different species of termites, so it’s essential that correct identification is made. Some termites may be dampwood termites, or a grass feeding termite that poses no real threat to a household, however some species have been known to take up to 7kg of timber per day to feed a fully established colony.
Termites are insects that belong to Order Isoptera, are usually called White Ants. However, apart from their social habit of living in colonies as several forms or castes, they do not resemble true ants. Termites are mostly pale brown to white, have no constriction between thorax and abdomen, and have beaded antennae. These features differ with ants as they have a constriction between the thorax and abdomen, and have usually have long slender antennae.
There are many reasons that termites strike fear into homeowners and some reasons are listed below:
- Subterranean termites can often gain access to houses without being detected,
- Some species feed on timber that may form part of the structural integrity of building such as roofing timbers, beams, or stump,
- Some species have multiple nests making total eradication difficult
- Termite damage isn’t covered by the majority of insurance companies
- Termites gnawing on electrical wires have been know to cause electrical fires
- Remediation of termite damage, or termite protection can be extremely expensive
How do you stand the best possibly chance to avoid termite infestation?
- Regular inspections by a licensed timber pest technician, better still regular inspections by this licensed timber pest technician!