What to do if you find Termites?
The most important thing you can do is NOT disturb them any further. Please do not touch or spray them. This is the worse thing you can do. Ring a professional pest manager to come and assess and treat accordingly. By disturbing them further they may retreat and block off the area from their network of tunnels which lead back to the nest. This makes treatment much more difficult and much less successful. Laguna Pest Control is fully qualified and experienced to eradicate live termites from your home. The next step is Do Not Panic! If you have found termites it is likely they have been there for some time and they will not cause significant amounts of damage in a few days. If you have already disturbed the termites, please do not disturb them any further. We are still able to provide recommendations on suitable treatment options. We will need to perform a termite inspection to assess why you have termites and where they are getting in. We need to rule out termite infestations in other areas of your home Finding termites is a good thing, as you can now take steps to eradicate them. Imagine the damage they could continue to cause if you had not found them.
The cost to treat active termites.
It is sometimes hard to quote on treatment of active termites over the phone. A professional pest manager will need to assess the situation before giving you an exact indication on cost of treatment. It’s a bit like asking a mechanic to tell you whats wrong with your car over the phone and asking how much to fix it without even looking at it. Treating active termites is not a quick fix. Laguna Pest Control is happy to answer as many questions that we can over the phone but we will insist that we perform a full inspection of your home or an assessment of the active termites.
Termites are often referred to as “white ants”, however they are not even closely related to ants , in fact termites are closer related to cockroaches than ants There are more than 300 termite species in Australia but only 10% of these could be considered to be of concern to the homeowner. The famous magnetic and cathedral termite mounds of Northern Territory belong to a species of termite that specializes in eating grass.
Termites are highly social insects forming a colony. A colony basically consists of a single or multiple queens(laying up to 1000 eggs a day ) ,alates or primary reproductives ( future kings and queens getting ready to form new colonies), soldiers ( to defend the colony), workers ( to feed the colony),eggs and young( to keep the colony multiplying). A colony may consist of up to several million individuals.
A termites diet is based upon cellulose. Timber especially seasoned timber is a perfect source of this cellulose. Termites then forage from their colony or nest in search of this food source to consume and carry back to feed the remaining colony. These termites may travel through the soil for more than 100m radius from the nest. Termites are then able to build shelter tubes or “mud leads” up non timber surfaces to gain access to this timber if necessary. This “mudding” protects the termites from attack and helps them maintain their environment. Because of a termites vulnerability to attack from other animals and requirement to control their immediate environment, evidence of termite activity is often concealed and can be very discreet and not very obvious.
The first step in prevention is to be on the alert for termites. Most people are not aware they have termites until they see a swarm or come across damage during construction. Most people panic when they find live active termites. We have all heard the horror stories. Termite infestations are usually discovered by accident . Termites travel in what are called “mud leads” and keep themselves concealed between walls, in roof and sub floor voids and sometimes in furniture. Signs of termites may include mud tubes, discoloured, flaking or bubbling paint, soft spots in the wall or door/window frames, swollen timbers, electrical connection problems and sometimes small piles of dirt, often hidden in the corners of cupboards.
- Termites cause in excess of $100 million worth of building damage to homes throughout Australia each year!
- One in two “slab on ground” homes will experience a termite infestation!
- One in five homes in Australia is treated for termite damage at some stage of its life- around 130,000 homes each year!
These are scary facts especially considering our home is often our major asset and house insurance does not cover termite attack. The problem with termites is undetected entry , that is termites rarely if ever walk around on the surface for all to see. They enter your home below ground level and start munching on your house frame completely concealed leaving no visible evidence until significant damage is done.