Termites are well known around Australia for causing serious and costly damage to homes. Many home owners are also unaware that home insurance typically does not cover this type of damage which can often amount to tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.
We recently conducted a job at a home in Gumdale, near Brisbane’s Bayside area, where our customer was concerned about a dirty mess found in a cupboard, (see picture below). We quickly discovered that this mess was in fact Subterranean Termites, (Genus Coptotermes), nesting in the cricket board game Test Match. The game was resting against the wall in the top shelf of a child’s closet.
How do termites enter your home?
In this instance, the termites had accessed the house via shelter tubes hidden in in a small crack of the timber pier below the bedroom. They worked there way up the internal wall cavity where they decided the board game was the ideal nest.
How do you treat termites?
The remedy for this situation involved the use of a chemical called Termidor. Foam was injected into the active areas, (board game, adjoining wall cavity, adjoining timber piers). To prevent this happening again, a chemical barrier was installed to the base of the timber piers under the house. Due to the high clay content of the ground, soil had to be replaced at the base of all piers to ensure the residual effect of the Termidor chemical barrier which was challenging due to the low clearance of the suspended timber floor construction.
How to prevent termites
A regular termite inspection, not a termite check, is the first step toward a total pest management solution. Most people have never seen a termite or the damage they cause. Termites can go undetected for several months and might only be discovered when the vacuum cleaner bumps the skirting board which crumbles to dust or strange mounds of dirt start to appear in a cupboard, like this example, or around the property.
If you are unsure, contact Amalgamated Pest Control immediately. A qualified Timber Pest Technician will be able to accurately identify if your home has a termite problem and recommend solutions to stop an infestation before it’s too late.
How do I know if I have a termite problem?
Look for signs of termites which may include:
- Mudding – mud trail on fences, walls, property footings.
- Swollen floors and ceilings.
- Walls that appear to be suffering water damage.
- Hollow sounding timbers such as window frames and skirting.
If you find evidence of termites, DO NOT try and treat it yourself, contact a qualified timber pest controller immediately.
The following is a list of DIY tips that you can follow to help prevent termites establishing themselves at your place:
- Garden beds – don’t let vines and weeds over grow.
- Timber storage – don’t store timber pieces or objects beside the house.
- Bricks and pavers – don’t stack bricks, pavers or concrete blocks beside the house.
- Dispose of garden waste and building materials at your local council’s public waste and recycling centre, (check waste type accepted).
- An annual termite inspection by a qualified pest control technician will ensure that the risk to your home is managed and controlled.
If you believe or suspect that you have a rodent problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Brisbane for further advice.