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Termite colonies are on the march to find a good home that will feed their appetite for wood. Fix all your leaking water points around your homes, if you are concerned call an expert, Don't delay.

September 26, 2018

 

 

Termites, or the commonly misnamed 'white ants', are social insects, usually living in a nest in a large community with different castes. Termites fall naturally into two groups:

  1. Subterranean termites: have a nest structure with a nursery and a foraging gallery system that must be connected to the soil as a source of moisture. Galleries within timber have walls plastered with faeces. External galleries are of mud or carton material. Most termite species are subterranean in habit.

  2. Drywood termites: live entirely in galleries within timber except for very short bridging galleries between adjacent pieces of timber. There is no connection to the soil. The walls of these galleries are clean, as faeces accumulate as free running pellets or frass, about the consistency of coarse pepper.

  3.  Termites are attracted to damp, moist areas around and within your home.

    “November through to April are times of high humidity and that’s when termites do their colonising flights and begin to multiply their colonies in houses.”

  4. If you are in any doubt about the presence of termites one call can ease your mind or at least make you aware of the issue.

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Controlling termites

For the control or exclusion of termites, you can use:

  • Barriers formed by treating the soil with an appropriate persistent insecticide

  • Physical barriers of metal shielding, such as stump capping

  • Materials immune or highly resistant to termite attack.

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    Most importantly they require more than one line of defence.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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