Termite FAQs

Facts and FAQs

How Do You Know You've Got Termites?


What do termites look like?

Termite swarmers can look like flying ants, and they are often confused. Both Carpenter Ants and Fire Ants can look similar to termites, especially as their winged mating cycles are usually during the springtime – the same as termites. With our termite species guide you can easily see what termites look like and recognize the common features between termite species.

Am I looking at termites or ants?

Winged ants are strong flyers and they do not shed their wings, whereas termite swarmers fly only a little and they shed their wings quickly. You can be fairly certain you have identified termites if you’ve found discarded wings around window sills or doorways.

What are the signs of a termite infestation?

  • Small insects that may be termite Swarmers flying near your windows. Typically Spring is when Swarmers will begin to emerge inside a home
  • The presence of Swarmers in your home or their wings, which they shed, could be a sign of termites
  • Mud Tubes around the foundations of your property could indicate a termite problem

What does termite damage look like?

Termites will eat away at any wood – be it wall, ceiling or floor.

  • The most obvious signs of termite damage in your home are mud tubes.
  • Mud tubes act as protection for termites and are commonly found near the foundations of your home.
  • Check for signs of termite infestation in areas where wood contacts the ground.

The Risks of Termite Infestation

Did you know that all properties can be at risk from a termite infestation?

Although termites prefer a moist environment and structures that are primarily made of wood or cellulose, even properties built primarily of brick or stone can still suffer from termite problems. This is because structural supports as well as other building components are constructed of wood and other cellulose-based materials, just the stuff that termites like to feed on. This is how termites can seriously damage the foundations of a building.

Did you know that termites can go undetected for many years, causing extremely costly damage?

Termites are responsible for billions of dollars worth of damage each year. A termite infestation can be hard to spot as termites live underground and eat away at wood from the inside. They can damage a property for many years, without your knowledge and without any obvious signs. This damage can be very expensive to fix.

What Can I Do About Termites?

Did you know that taking preventative measures can save you huge sums of money?

While no one can guarantee that you will never have a termite problem, having a termite prevention plan can ensure early detection of a possible problem and the opportunity to solve it quickly before it turns into a serious infestation. Termite specialists can suggest simple steps to protect buildings and prevent a small termite problem developing into a damaging termite infestation.

How do I prevent termites?

Termites need three things to survive – wood, moisture and shelter. If you are able to minimize wood and moisture, you will be protecting your property from the risk of a termite problem and the need for a potentially costly termite control solution.
 

  • Stack firewood at the far end of the garden
  • Ensure regular maintenance of taps and pipes
  • Provide good ventilation in crawl spaces
  • Don't fix wooden trellises to exterior walls
  • Keep mulch, wood debris, scrap lumber, sawdust and firewood away from your home. If you do keep firewood outside your house during the winter, keep it raised and off the ground
  • Don't stack, store or bury wood debris adjacent to your home
  • Trim all shrubs, bushes and other dense greenery away from the foundation of your home. Move mulch away from the foundation as well
  • Remove infested trees and stumps
  • Repair leaking faucets and water lines, both indoors and outdoors
  • Fix leaky roofs and gutters
  • Don't allow leaves to accumulate in gutters and drains
  • Grade soil so that water (including air-conditioning condensation) runs away from foundations
  • Ventilate crawl spaces and attics to reduce humidity
  • Remove all wood to soil contact
  • Cover at least 90% of the soil in crawl spaces with plastic sheeting
  • Ideally, wood siding, stucco and foam board should be at least six inches away from the ground
  • Seal all cracks and holes in your home's foundation, which may provide a handy access point for termites

Where should I check for termites?

 

  • Fence posts, trellises or landscaping ties
  • Firewood stacked up against the house
  • Mulch that touches the house
  • Structural supports
  • Wood debris (often from building) buried in the soil

What attracts termites?

 

  • Leaky faucets
  • Leaky gutters and downspouts that leave water near the foundation
  • Ground sloping toward the foundation
  • Insufficient ventilation in basements and crawl spaces

How do I kill termites?

Working out how to kill termites is dependent on a whole range of environmental and geographical factors. Successful treatment requires a thorough understanding of termite biology, familiarity with construction methods, and the proper tools and materials to actually kill the termites themselves. In short, you need to call in the experts. Link to contact form.

How do I get rid of termites?

Termites are secretive pests, incredibly persistent and without specialist knowledge notoriously difficult to get rid of. They are also very hard to detect unless you have had years of training in termite pest control. 

Termites can be active in a home or commercial property for years, causing untold damage whilst remaining undetected the whole time. It takes a trained eye to be able to spot the early signs of an infestation, and chances are, if you have seen evidence of an infestation – it could already be too late to avoid the costly repairs involved with resolving the problem. Once again, you need to call in the experts, for your home or your business

Treatment Facts

Is termite treatment safe around children and pets?

Yes, but you may be asked to cover aquariums or vivariums in some cases.

Do I need to leave the property while it is being treated?

No.

Are there any side affects?

No.

How long does termite treatment take?

Treatment can be done in a day.

Are the results guaranteed?

Yes.

How long will the downtime be for my business during treatment?

There is no disruption to your business.

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