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Termites - Control & Inspections
Essential for early detection of termites or high risk areas. Ideally carried out ever 12 months, but can be every 3-6 months depending on the property and whether there is or has been a termite issue.
The Inspection is a visual inspection carried out to reasonably accessible areas with the use of sounding tools and moisture meter. If there is visual evidence present then these tools may provide additional information. If high moisture is discovered that cannot be readily explained, or termite activity is suspected but cannot be readily located, then special tools like thermal imaging camera can be recommended, and a further Special Purpose Termite Inspection Report can be carried out.
An inspection can bring to attention conducive conditions in and around the home and, if required, we can provide a Termite Management Plan to manage termite risk and how to protect against termite infestation. When we provide this service we take time to ensure that all areas of the property are thoroughly inspected.
Termites - Treatments
Treatments may be required if active termites are present in either your property or garden areas. Treatments are applied so as to eradicate the colony. This is a specialised area of work and should only be carried out by a qualified Licensed technician.
Termites - Prevention
Termite Prevention is a requirement to protect your property from attack by termites. It can be installed as a complete Barrier around your property, or installed as a partial Barrier to a property. Each Barrier is different and planned to meet the requirements of the particular property. An Inspection is carried out before we install a Chemical Barrier. This is to ensure that all aspects of the termite issue to the property has been checked thoroughly.
A termiticide is applied at a prescribed rate, in accordance with the approved product label, to form horizontal and, where necessary, vertical chemical treated zones. The chemical used has a life expectancy of 8 years.
Termites - Life Cycle
Termites have several stages in their life cycle from egg to adult and they also have different types, called castes. They have different roles in the nest and also look different. Therefore it is important to recognise the different types of termite that are present in one colony.
Termites have three main developmental stages, unlike ants which have four. They undergo what is termed incomplete metamorphosis, which has no pupal stage:
- Nymph/ larva: these resemble small adults on hatching
- Adult: queen, king, reproductives, workers, soldiers
Development is controlled by pheromones produced by the queen and one caste can develop into another caste, depending on the termite species and the requirements of the colony.
Reproductives, as the name suggests are the castes with the ability to mate. They have functional sexual organs and the females can produce eggs when the queen dies or its influence is reduced.
Alates are the winged male and female reproductives that swarm out from the nest at certain times of the year or the rainy season. Males and females pair off and land to look for a nesting site.
Shortly after landing they snap their wings off and either excavate a small chamber in the soil (subterranean termites) or find suitable timber to create a nest (dampwood and drywood termites) then mate and produce eggs. It may take several years before the next generation of alates are produced in a new colony.