Termites and fire ants usually spring to mind when you think of suburban pests that invade homes and gardens. A lesser known – but equally undesirable – species is the funnel ant. At just 5mm in length, it makes burrows so vast that it can cause extensive soil damage to your backyard. Funnel ants are common all over Australia – they create funnel-shaped openings to their nests and their homes are often so cavernous that this results in the breakdown of the surrounding earth.
By nature, Australians are very proud of their homes. Many of us spend a significant amount of time on home upkeep and maintenance, which is why unwanted pests can be so frustrating. Termites cause a huge amount of damage to properties in Australia every year and, generally, insurance does not cover the damage caused. So, how can you protect your home?
Subterranean termites thrive in damp, enclosed spaces where they can maintain their humid environment, as close to cellulose-rich food sources as possible. Cellulose is found in all plants, and while termites can eat grass and leaves, they favour dead and decaying wood as it gives them both sustenance and moisture.
We are well into spring now and the humidity is starting to rise. Look outside and you’ll be able to see the changes with flowers blooming everywhere, and birds and insects in full swing. Under the ground the termites have also been busy actively foraging for food in trees, stumps and even timber in people’s homes: this is in preparation for the release of the queens and males flying termites.
When it comes to insects, identification of type and species can be very difficult. Especially in summer when there are numerous insects out and about, many people become confused as to the presence of pests in and around their home. One of the most common mistakes people make is confusing ants for termites. It is easy to mistake flying ants for flying termites (and vice versa) as these insects share a lot of visual similarities.
According to Australian Standard AS3660.2, professional termite inspections should be conducted at least once every 12 months, and ideally more than once for high risk homes. This is especially the case for high risk sites, such as timber or steel and masonry homes located in bushland or built up urban areas. As termites attack buildings from underground, and therefore often unnoticed, it’s best to regularly ensure that your home’s termite barriers are intact and well-maintained.
These virtually silent and often undetected pests can secretly hide (and thrive) in your home, and you might not know they’ve invaded your property until you accidentally bump into a wall, skirting or window sill and find just the paint covering an active infestation. These silent destroyers have the potential to eat away at your home, documents, clothes and just about anything you own once they gain access to it.
If you find termites over the Christmas holiday period… don’t panic. We understand how devastating it can be to find termites in your home and how stressful this can be on top of the Festive Season. From experience, people usually find termite signs in their skirtings, windows or doorframes. This usually occurs when cleaning and also when preparing your home for Christmas and the visitors that come with it.
In dealing with termite infestations, early detection is the best way to go. Knowing where exactly the colonies are located can make the termite management system more focused and efficient. Identifying termite infestations right away can also determine how quickly they can fully damage a structure. So it is best to act immediately once termite activity has been confirmed to prevent them from reaching a point of being destructive.
At Termite Doctors our main focus is on how we can properly treat termites in your home. We are also concerned about how we can make the service as easy and convenient to you as possible. From the moment you contact us for assistance, up to the conclusion of the termite treatment, we aim to diminish any disturbance to your property as much as we can. Though we understand how important it is for you to keep your.