TERMITES - DID YOU KNOW?

  • Termites can enter your home through a hole 1.2mm wide and start a colony which will feed more than a million!
  • There are about 2,000 known termite species in the world.
  • 4 Termites are what we are looking for and do all the economic damage to our homes
  • All termites are social insects and raise their young as a group.
  • The total weight of all of the termites in the world is more than the weight of all the humans in the world.
  • Termite colonies eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
  • Termites have wings that they shed once they have found a good place to build a nest, YOUR HOME!.
  • Termites are known as "silent destroyers" because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected.
  • Each year, termites cause more than $1.5 billion in property damage.
  • In Australia we only need to concern ourselves with the Subterranean termites.       
  • Termites predominately eat wood (cellulose) can also Wallpaper, Plastics and fabric made from plants.
  • Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive.
  • They live in underground colonies or in wet areas above ground.
  • They build tunnels to reach food and every spring, groups of reproductive termites fly off to start new colonies.
  • Subterranean termites are the most destructive kind of termite.
  • They can destroy building foundations, wooden support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation … even swimming pool liners and filtration systems!
  • Termites can also injure or destroy living trees and shrubs.

Prevention:

  1. CALL BITE BACK PEST CONTROL NOW! for a Termite Inspection better to pay several hundred than several thousand!
  2. Make sure water drains away from your house.
  3. Don’t let water build up around your home's foundation. Termites like that!
  4. Replace any damp or damaged wood on the outside of your home.
  5. Remove untreated timbers that are in close proximity to the building and/or in the sub floor area;
  6. Have adequate sub floor ventilation
  7. Remove form work timbers left in place in the sub floor area;
  8. Construct retaining walls and fences with termite resistant materials
  9. Install a Termite barrier, we only use Termidor and we are an accrediated Termidor Applicator.
  10. Don’t stack piles of timber or firewood under the house or against building/s
  11. Don’t plant gardens or shrubs close to the perimeter of the building CALL BITE BACK PEST CONTROL NOW! to inspect any new building construction.