At PESTFREE our technicians are highly trained in carrying out visual inspections, combining this skill with the latest technology in termite detection.
By using thermal imaging we can effectively;
- Find termites nesting in walls, between floors and other concealed areas without drilling or removing wall linings or ceilings.
- Find termites in tree stumps and in some cases termite nests under concrete slabs.
- Check before and after termite treatments to ensure the cessation of termite infestation.
Moisture meters are also used by our technicians in order to;
- Detect high moisture readings in stud walls.
- Detect possible plumbing leaks.
Timber sounding tools or “Dongers” are used to;
- Determine timber density.
- Detect hollowing of timber indicating possible termite damage.
Don’t be alarmed when our technician walks in with a screwdriver, it is used to check for blistering of timbers in which active termites may be foraging. Our technicians also carry maglite torches, which are high powered torches and approved according to Australian Standards for termite inspections.
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e.g. Coptotermes spp.
- 3/16″-3/8″ in length
- Soldiers: White, broad bodies with a brown head.
- Queens can lay several thousands of eggs in one day.
- The king remains only slightly bigger than an average termite and continues to mate with the queen for life.
- Males in ant colonies die immediately after mating, unlike termite male alates, which become kings and live with the queen.
- Nests are built in the soil and these termites are very dependent on soil for moisture.
- In their search for food, subterranean termites construct mud tubes because they are susceptible to desiccation when exposed to air.
- Subterranean termites usually work their way above ground to reach wood or any other cellulose source. The cellulose is then broken down into simple starch with the help of protozoans in the termites’ gut.
West Indian Dry Wood Termite
- Soldiers are about 5.0mm long
- The mature nymphs are the same size as the adults but paler in colour
- Because it is able to attack even small Particles of wood, this species is considered to be the world’s most serious termite pest.
- Sydney has had several sittings of the west Indian termite in the past two years, and all councils erg that if any termite inspectors come across this termite too report it.
Damp Wood Termites
- 3/16″-3/8″ in length
- Brown in colour
- 2 pairs of long slender wings which are deciduous
- Primary Queens can lay several thousand eggs a day.
- A colony has a King and Queen – it is not uncommon for a colony to have an additional breeding pair.
- Colonies can contain up to several thousand termites
- A self-organised swarm which prefer damp conditions.
- This group of termites feed on decayed wood such as old tree stumps, rotting logs and pieces of buried timber. Once established, they can move into sound wood structures in buildings.