Termites are pervasive across Queensland and they are responsible for millions of dollars worth of damage every year. If left unmanaged, termites are capable of causing catastrophic and often irreparable damage to your home and in some extreme circumstances, render it unliveable. As such, it is important that you possess the means by which to identify termites and take subsequent action, should they enter your home. This guide answers the question of how to identify termites in your home and outlines some of the more pertinent characteristics of termites.
What types of termites inhabit Queensland?
It is a little known fact that there is a multitude of termite species across Australia – close to three hundred in fact – some of which are more harmful than others. Listed below, are some of the most commonly encountered varieties of termite.
Dry wood termites
Dry wood termites are found most often in the dead wood of old trees or other such timber structures. Scientist discovered that this species of termite actually requires little, to no contact with ground and will instead remain elevated in the dead wood. They survive in such an unconventional manner by consuming the dead timber and the somewhat scarce water therein. Dry wood termites are not renowned as one of the most invasive, however they are capable of causing considerable damage and ought not to be disregarded. Given their affinity to elevated dry timber structures, these termites are a particular threat to some of the older, ‘Queenslander’ style homes that are prevalent throughout Queensland. Timber fittings and supports within homes of this nature are particularly susceptible and it is advisable that you remain aware of this threat – particularly if you own a house in the above-mentioned category.
Damp wood termites
Damp wood termites are amongst the most common of termite species and typically occupy the forest floor, consuming damp and rotten timber. This does not mean that they aren’t found in urban and suburban areas, however. Damp wood termites can spread quite rapidly given their ground-dwelling nature and this means that homes can become subject to their destructive habits. In particular, homes that are somewhat close to nature reserves, parks or forest might encounter damp wood termites and the damage they can inflict if untreated is significant. Given their preference for rotting or damp wood, they will be of considerable detriment to homes with already structurally compromised timber. As such, it is prudent to ensure that any damaged or rotting wood in your home is addressed.
As their name would suggest, underground termites inhabit expansive, underground nests and are arguably the most invasive and destructive of all termite species in Australia. Experts have noted that these termites are responsible for some of the most extensive damage and they are easily capable of destroying the structural integrity of a house to an extent such that it is no longer inhabitable. Underground termites gain a majority of their hydration from subterranean moisture and their nests can extend great distances underground. Their affinity for dark, damp conditions means that they will readily invade the foundations of your home and often, they will inflict significant damage prior to detection. As such, it is strongly advisable that you inspect the structural foundations of your home with some regularity so as to ensure that there is no evidence of termite activity.
What can be done to treat termites?
Treating termites is typically the domain of a professional and it is suggested that homeowners consult a pest control specialist for annual or biannual inspections. Termite inspections are one of the most important steps in termite management and have the capacity to save you a great of money and time.
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