Termite Inspections & Termite Management

 

Why Choose Us?

Termite infestations are a common problem, making us well-versed in taking on these projects. Our knowledge is ever-evolving regarding delivering premium Termite Preventative Management with every treatment. Our termite control starts with a complete home inspection, which is recommended to be completed every 12 months for every home and commercial structure. With the best technology and a team of well-trained experts, we will get the job done efficiently, effectively, and at affordable prices.  Our service locations are in Newcastle, Hunter, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, and Central Coast call us now to schedule an appointment.

Understanding & Identifying Termites

These little critters’ only goal in life is to source food and water. They feed on wood and cellulose-based material and operate at all hours, never taking a moment to rest! Treatments usually entail Chemical Preventatives or Baiting/Monitoring.

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  • Workers make up the overwhelming majority of the colony because they are responsible for feeding it, including the queen. These soft-bodied, clear to light-colored termites are about the size of grains of rice. They rarely leave the dark, damp tunnels that run from the colony through the soil and into the wood of buildings. Workers continuously forage for food, maintain the nest, and tend to the queen and her brood.

  • Soldiers are the defenders of the colony. They have long heads and powerful jaws and are responsible for colony defense against natural termite enemies such as ants.

  • Reproductive Pairs Male and female reproductive termites develop wings, leave the parent colony in a swarm, mate, and start new colonies.

  • The Queen! She is the largest and most important colony member because she can lay eggs at a rate of one every second ― as many as a million eggs in her lifetime. She is large, up to 4 inches long, and can live for a decade or longer under ideal conditions. If she dies, a new queen will arise to take her place and keep the colony going.

Ways To Minimize The Risk Of A Termite Infestation

  • Termites thrive in moisture-dense environments, eliminating as much moisture as possible around your property by ensuring good quality drainage mechanisms such as piping and drain-gutters to help divert any water away from the foundation of the structure of the home. 

  • It's suggested that you ensure that as little shrubbery, vines, and other flora are growing over your home’s structure as possible, covering key ventilation points. Furthermore, you can check that no old roots or tree stumps are growing close to or underneath the structure. 

  • Where possible, eliminating as much wood contact with the soil makes a point of entry to the delicious wood a lot more strenuous and out of the Termite's direct pathway. 

Ant or Termite?

Swarming termites and ants look similar and are easily misidentified. The clearest way to distinguish them is to examine the wings (C). Termite swarmers have two sets of wings of equal length. The front pair of wings on a swarmer ant is longer than the back pair. There are other distinguishing characteristics: An ant’s waist (B) is narrower than a termite’s. And ants have a joint in their antenna (A), while termites do not.

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Act Fast If You Detect These Signs

  • Usually, the first sign of a termite infestation is the presence of flying termites called swarmers or alates. Remnants of tiny wings or flying termites indicate that the males and females have left the nest to find a suitable mate and start a new colony.

  • Mud nests can be found on the interior or exterior walls. These are otherwise known as ‘mud leads’, which are tunnels that the termites build to protect themselves. 

  • Termites usually consume wood from the inside out, leaving a thin veneer of timber or just the paint. When you knock or tap on an area that has termite damage, it will sound hollow or papery. This is because part or all of the timber inside has been eaten away.

  • Often related to signs of damp and hot weather, stiff windows and warped doors can also mean termites! The moisture they produce when eating and tunneling through door and window frames causes the wood to warp, making it tough to open doors and windows.

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Mud Leads

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