The termite is an insect pest that lives mostly in the ground and can eat your Geelong house. It’s true. You really do need to have any infestations treated, and under control to with regular inspections as a prevention measure to stop further termite attacks and damage. This notorious pest, also known as the ‘white ant’, is known to have destroyed the roofing timbers and walls of homes within three months of construction.
In fact, unless prevention inspections are regular, termites can do more damage to homes in this country than storms and cyclones, floods and fires combined. The termite is a pest that’s a fact of life in mainland Australia, including Geelong, and they’re found everywhere, especially in urban areas where their food supply – timber – is plentiful. They also eat paper and cardboard and anything made from wood products (cellulose). Australia has about 360 species of termite, luckily only nine species are pests that damage buildings, crops, cellulose-based products and timber unless prevention measure are in place.
Most termite species are good for the environment, since they are recyclers of rotten and dead trees and other plant matter and they’re food for many native animals so there’s no need for prevention against them.
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Commercial & Residential Termite Control
The termite, which has a soft body and is about the size of a match head, colonises and constructs air-conditioned or humidified nests from mud and they also build tunnels, or mud shelter tubes, underground. The tubes radiate from the main nest about 100 metres to allow the pest to search for food and moisture. The termite lives on cellulose (timber) and unless prevention measure are in place, the tubes will rise up into your house or commercial building where the pest finds food. Since the 1995 banning of certain soil barrier chemicals, along with the increased use of softwood for building and landscaping (that termites can’t resist), serious termite damage to Geelong buildings, as with structures everywhere, has surged.
Other important changes that accommodate termite infestations include the use of automatic watering systems (termites need both food and moisture), some building designs, and landscaping that encourages termite attack.
Termite treatment, removal, control and prevention solutions to stop the pest causing damage are as important in a commercial setting as in the home. So call Acacia Pest Control for regular inspections that help in the prevention of attacks, and to deal professionally and effectively with any termite pest infestation. A skilled Geelong pest exterminator will skilfully treat the infestation and apply expert control and prevention techniques.
Why Are Termites So Harmful?
Termites will harm both your home and your finances if repairs or replacements are necessary after a pest infestation. Termites have a caste system of workers, soldiers, kings, queens and the swarmers or ‘reproductives’. Worker termites, which make up most of the colony and do the damage, are blind and sterile, wingless, and on the job 24/7. The Mastotermes darwiniensis termite causes the worst damage of all the species, but it’s found only in tropical northern Australia.
However, the Coptotermes acinaciformis termite is found all over Australia, so Geelong doesn’t escape from this problem pest that will attack any timber structure and damage fruit, forest and ornamental trees unless prevention strategies are in place. Worse still, this termite pest doesn’t need contact with soil to thrive. It only needs a secure habitat, a steady source of moisture and food. Colonies of this termite have been found on top of multi-storey buildings, and in barges on rivers and the ocean. This species can cause fires by shorting out electrical wiring, so prevention is a must.
Timber in contact with the ground is an easy termite food source but this pest can make its way to any wood below or above ground, such as the beams in your roof or wall structures. The termite avoids light and prefers humid darkness, and its way to your home is hidden from view, inside walls or timber, so you don’t know they’re there until the damage is done.
How to Control Termites
First, NEVER disturb a termite nest, since this will only scare them off for awhile and make it difficult for a pest exterminator to locate the infestation for treatment, removal , prevention and control solutions to avert further attacks. At Acacia Pest Control Geelong, our professional exterminators are highly knowledgeable about termite habits, breeding, and behaviour, and can provide effective treatment and control methods and regular inspections as a prevention strategy..
If you’re renovating or building a home, your builder has to provide a termite risk management (TRM) system as a prevention against infestations. And if you’re constructing a new home, make sure the materials used are less attractive to termites, whether your home is built on a concrete slab or has a raised or suspended floor. You can minimise the risk of termite problems if you have regular pest inspections and systems in place such as:
- Minimum termite risk construction
- Physical barriers
- Chemical barriers
- Termite-resistant materials
- Termite prevention and deterrent landscaping
To help with the prevention of termite attacks between pest inspections, make sure there are no leaks, moisture or dampness in your home or commercial building. If you think you have a termite infestation in your Geelong premises, you’ll need a pest exterminator who will carry out a thorough inspection and apply treatment, removal, and control measures, to prevent further termite attacks. But don’t delay. Call Acacia Pest Control immediately if you see any mud tubes on your Geelong property.
Do You Need a Termite Control Expert?
The different species of termite cause different kinds of damage, so identifying the species of termite infestation is the first step in long-term and effective control and prevention of the pest. You need a professional termite exterminator who knows which treatments are best for each species.
Termites will gain access to your home through cracks in on-ground concrete slabs, through fireplaces, in-fill patios, and expansion joints. This pest can get through a 2 mm join or crack, eat through the rubber compound between concrete, and travel beneath floor tiles and parquetry to get to the wall-framing timbers of your Geelong home or commercial building
If you own a house or building in Geelong, or if you’ve just invested in one, it’s crucial that you have regular inspections by Acacia Pest Control services. This is a prevention strategy, and if termites are found, an exterminator will apply treatment, removal and control methods to save your home or commercial building from further attacks. Remember, home and building insurance policies don’t cover you for termite damage to decorative or structural timbers. When it comes to the termite, regular pest inspections are strongly recommended as prevention aids, especially if there are any established gum trees within 100 metres of your Geelong property.
What To Expect From Our Termite Pest Control Services
Termites have a fierce survival instinct, a well ordered social system, incredible engineering abilities and need moisture from the soil and moist decaying timbers. Termites communicate using pheromone signals and their constant grooming, mutual feeding, and close sociability. These are used by pest exterminator experts to advantage in contemporary termite control baiting technologies.
Worker termites feed on attractive, cellulose baits containing slow-acting insecticides and take the insecticide-laced food to the nest and feed the queen and other termites, which leads to the colony’s death. Before they can be sold, the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA) must approve and register pest control chemicals.
Chemicals can be harmful to humans and the environment, so at Acacia Pest Control Services in Geelong, we use as many natural methods of termite pest treatment and removal as possible. Before choosing a method for the treatment of a termite infestation, an Acacia Pest Control Geelong exterminator will identify the species and treat it accordingly, with regular inspections as a prevention measure.
If you need a pest inspection, notice any mud shelter tubes, or think you have an infestation of termites in or around your Geelong home or yard, company offices, or other business premises, don’t delay; call Acacia Pest Control immediately on 1300257774 today or send an email to email@example.com.