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Termites

Termites are probably the one insect that most people know very little about. We tend to call them White Ants and forget about them as they are out of sight. That is until we discover their trail of destruction!

They are small and quite soft, but can eat through the hardest of timbers. Once they find a suitable piece of wood in your home - they wont stop, they will keep going day and night - thousands of them.

Some species have nests of over one million and the Queen can lay 2,000 eggs per day! On their own they are helpless and would not survive. We would be better to think of them as an entire colony as this is how they survive.The colony will have a King & Queen, Workers, Soldiers and reproductive's to start new colonies. If the colony loses too many Soldiers, the Queen will produce more Soldiers until the balance is correct (and vice versa with Workers). Imagine one BIG monster eating your house, a monster that can sustain, repair and reproduce itself. Scary when you look at it like that. We have all seen Termites but probably not realised it. When they swarm from a nest they are Black and often mistaken for Ants at this stage.

There is probably as much (or more) confusion about the treatment for Termites. In Australia the use of Organo Chlorines (commonly Dieldrin, Heptachlor etc), was phased out in 1996. For a good few years there was confusion in the building industry and the alternatives were not very good. It was however a good learning curve and we are a lot better off today from the extensive research and development. One example is the curing of concrete slabs is to a better standard today than it was. Chemical treatments and baiting techniques can now eradicate an entire Termite Colony. They are also a lot safer for us and our environment. There is also more choice in the type of treatment and chemicals available. For this reason the price of a Termite treatment can vary by a considerable amount. It is vitally important that the Pest Controller understand all aspects of treatment, the building construction, Termite species and the way the chemicals work. In some cases the most expensive is not the best. We basically have two types of Termiticide available, repellent and non repellent. For those interested in research I will add some links (on the links page). When getting a quotation you should be given the Chemical and percentage and its expected lifespan. This should also be included on a durable notice in your meter box.