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WHY TERMITE INSPECTIONS ARE A MUST IN CANBERRA

Termites pose a serious risk for property owners: The CSIRO indicates that 1 in 3 properties in Canberra and surrounding areas have termites on the property. Many homes in the “bush capital of Canberra” for instance are already at high risk especially if they live within 100 metre radius of gum trees.

The growing problem of termites is a real concern: With the continual use of softwood building and other landscaping timbers that termites actually love such as landscaping timber mulch and the frequent use of railway sleepers used as garden borders giving termites ongoing food for their colony to grow.

The danger in your garden: Helping the termite colony grow by giving them exactly what they want which includes automatic watering systems providing moisture in the ground and inappropriate landscaping that is butted up against the home or pergola posts in contact with the ground giving termites a hidden easy access entry into a building.

*CSIRO Data 

IMPORTANT FACTS:

Did you know that termites are known to destroy the wall and roofing timbers of a home within 3 months of construction?

Termites that are undisturbed can cause more damage to homes and property in Australia than fire, and floods combined.


Termites occur throughout Canberra and surrounding areas with a high incidence of attack across all urban areas.

WARNING TO ALL CONSUMERS: Many people are unaware that the standard Home and Building Insurance Policy will NOT cover the repair costs of termite-infested structural and decorative timbers, many people to this day are unaware of this.

TERMITE BIOLOGY: Termites have a fascinating background, especially the Australian Subterranean termites that evolved over 250 million years ago. How the termites survive surprises many as their survival depends on living in a protective underground environment.

Although in some species, their colony nest appears as a hardened mound above the ground. In the most destructive species in Canberra and surrounding areas, their nest is totally out of sight below ground level which is interesting also as the termites are blind and finding their way through smell and as they are very social they constantly rubbing up against each other.



Who does all the work? The worker termites build mud tube highways over hard objects. The mud tubes are made up of partly digested timber and mud. The termites keep their nest and colonies at a constant temperature of 25-35 deg C. If the termites are exposed to light or open-air they dehydrate and die. The termites are in constant darkness except for the annual summer swarms of the winged termites called “alates”.

It’s easy to get millions of termites in a colony: In some destructive species, there can be many millions of termites with a Queen, King, young immature nymphs, workers, soldiers, and winged alates.

Each of the termites has a specific role to play with the Queen termite able to produce up to 30,000 live termites per day. It does not take long for the colony to grow to millions in no time at all. Termites are the best builders that Mother Nature has to offer by far!

How do termites work if they are blind? The worker termites are blind and they forage in a spider web criss-cross fashion looking for new timber food sources. At times though they may encounter moisture zones and make their way along objects such as concrete slab edges of your property to gain entry through either a crack in the cement or build a mud track over the slab to gain access to the timber.

The soldier termites accompany the worker in their constant search for new timber food sources, once found they will eat away from the timber and take this back and regurgitate to feed the ever-growing and hungry nursery.

Experience is a must: To be classed as a termite expert, it takes many years of termite control fieldwork experience to get an understanding of the habits of the destructive termite species habits and to know how to effectively inspect, treat and protect property.

Need help identifying termites?

Call A1 Pest Control Canberra today for a consultation and to schedule an inspection of your property.

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