Often referred to as white ants, termites are insects which devour wood and most cellulose containing materials like cardboard, paper, etc. There are great variations in the colour, shape, and size of termites depending upon the species but they are all characterised by certain similarities.
These critters fall under the order Isoptera and are closely related to cockroaches on the evolutionary scale. Despite their name white ant, they bear no relation to the ant family and wreak havoc on a majority of Australian homes. The key to lowering the cost of termite-related repairs is to conduct frequent termite inspections in order to detect problems early.
Schedorhinotermes intermedius usually nest in dry stumps, dead trees, timber in contact with soil and most importantly are attracted to moisture during dry summer times. They can cause substantially severe damage if not detected early. To correctly identify these species of termites is to locate the Major and Minor Soldier. Only most effective treatment is by baiting.
Microcerotermes leave mounds above ground, high up in trees, power poles and houses. They cause severe damage in great numbers if not detected sooner. To correctly identify these species is to locate the soldier which has a rectangular head shape with mandibles that cross over. Treatments can be as simple as the use of a transferable chemical at the top of the nest or if in a house most effectively by bait.
Nasutitermes also create mounds up in trees most commonly. To correctly identify these species is locate the soldier which can be distinguished by its dark colour. Treating these species can be as simple at pouring a transferable chemical through from the top of the nest.
How can we help with your termite problem?
If you suspect a termite problem, it is imperative that you have a timber pest inspection done by an accredited professional, who should provide you with a comprehensive written report and a proposal for eradication and future control.
All ATOM inspections are carried out in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.3 (2010) and Australian Standard 4349.0 (2007). This timber pest inspection will then determine the appropriate termite management system that should be implemented on your property.