Termites attack one in four houses in Australia and sometimes they are referred to as ‘white ants’ because of their creamy colouring and ant-like appearance. There are over 350 species of termites in Australia of which some 20 species can damage timber in houses.
In nature termites assist in the recycling of organic matter and nutrients back to the soil.
Termites avoid light and rarely come out into the open. Often termites are found within timbers where they leave a wafer thin layer to protect themselves from the outside environment. Sometimes they conceal themselves within mud-like tubes or galleries.
Termites in the home.
Homes should have regular inspections of all accessible timber and potential termite entry points. Inspections should be carried out by a licensed pest controller who can identify timber problems and advise on individual solutions.
A qualified licensed pest manager should be able to give advice on the frequency of inspections.
If termite damage is found in the home, don’t panic. Do not disturb the termites by using household sprays or removing infested wood.
Always take time to investigate the size and nature of the problem as well as all the available options. Bugstoppers Melbourne will offer to you all the options that are available in accordance to your environment and property structure.