Termites or white ants have always been present in Australia, playing a crucial role in the local ecosystem for over a hundred million years. These tiny, white, soft-bodied pests love warm weather, and can be found in different kinds of surroundings like dry, lush grasslands and even semi-deserts to wet rainforests. All of these ecological settings can be found all over Australia. No wonder termite infestation is so extensive in the country.
In fact, there are roughly 300 different types of termites in Australia. In NSW the 5 most destructive subterranean termite species to the timber in service are,
1. Coptotermes SPP for example Coptotermes frenchi or Coptotermes acinaciformis
2. Schedorhinotermes SPP for example Schedorhinotermes intermedius
3. Nasutitermes SPP for example Nasutitermes walker, Nasutitermes exitiosus
4. Heterotermes SPP for example Heterotermes ferox
5. Microcerotermes SPP for example Microcerotermes championi
There are also dampwood and drywood termite to deal with in NSW. A thorough termite inspection should be carried out to determine if there are any destructive termite species in your property or not. Once the termite inspection is done, should you have any destructive termite species we will tell you how to deal with it. We can then provide you with the different termite eradication options for your considerations.
But the subterranean termites are the single most destructive pest in Australia, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to over 180,000 homes and structures yearly. And according to research done by State Forests, over two in every five homes is invaded by termites at least once in its life.
It seems like no property nowadays is ever out of harm’s way from these wood-loving creatures. The old adage that goes, “There are only two types of homes in Australia, ‘those that have termites, and those that will get termites’” is rapidly becoming a reality to those who don’t have termite protection or termite prevention system installed in their homes .
Moreover, Australians’ rising fondness towards landscaping, which requires abundant use of bark, mulch and woodchips, timber retaining walls and gazebos, has formed an instant sanctuary for termites in our yards. And when there are presence of termites anywhere near your property, chances are, there are already signs of termite infestation in and around your house. How so? Because your home offers natural shelter and nourishment for the termites.
Termites can stealthily travel up to 50-meters to access your home where they can feast on loads of wood for the entire colony. Even concrete slabs can’t hinder them, as they can effortlessly penetrate through the cracks. They can as well build mud tubes to enter above ground timbers. Once they come in contact with the timber, they excavate it, naturally weakening the structure and leaving only a thin layer on the outside.
To make the matter even worse, termites don’t only eat wood. They also eat dirt, paper, carpets, plants, fabric and other cellulose materials. Needless to say, your house is at risk of termite damage, including its precious contents—pretty much most of your valuable investments. So if you see any signs of termite invasion in and around your property, be sure to contact a professional termite exterminator as soon as possible to get rid of termites and prevent further termite damage.