Subterranean termites in Australia
Termites are the members of the insect order Isoptera. They are commonly known as White Ants. However, termites are not even closely related to ants. Ants have eyes, a constricted waist and dark bodies, whereas most worker and solder termites are blind, have no constriction and are creamy in colour.
There are more than 300 species found in Australia but only about 30 could be considered to be pests of timber in service. Of these, the subterranean termites are significant with about 12 species being serious pests.
The termite diet is centred around cellulose-based materials. These can include the timber used in constructing buildings but could also include furniture, paper materials and fabrics. These termites can also damage non-cellulose materials such as polystyrene and plasterboard or the plastic coatings on electrical wiring.
A termite inspection is an inspection of the building and property including roof void, sub-floor, internal and external timbers, and trees and fences within the property boundaries. It deals
with the detection or non-detection of live termite activity, and evidence of termite damage, and includes details of areas of risk.
A pre-purchase inspection should be carried out before a property is purchased, and is an inspection of the building and property including roof void, sub-floor, internal and external timbers, and trees and fences within the property boundaries.
It deals with the detection or non-detection of live termite activity, borer activity, timber decay, chemical delignification, and evidence of damage caused by these pests and includes details of areas of risk.
Frequently asked questions:
Everything looks OK, how do I know if I have termites? You may not see any sign of termites until it is too late. The only way you can be really sure you do not have termites is to have an annual Timber Pest Inspection by a qualified timber pest inspector.
What is the first step? The first step is a thorough, detailed, systematic inspection of your home. How long does it take? Depending on the site, the first inspection for timber pests will
take around 1-2 hours.
Will I get value for money? What is your home worth? Can you afford to not give your home a yearly safety check. It is a critical part of maintaining your home.
Will I have to leave the house during the inspection? Not usually. Most work can be undertaken with you at home.
I am building a new house, or extending my current house. What should I do to keep termites out of my new home? There are many options available for minimising the risk of termite entry into your new home or renovation.
It will depend largely on the construction of your property and Aussie Spect will recommend a qualified pest controller for your specific circumstance. You may need physical barriers, chemical barriers or combinations to ensure that you have the ideal protection.