Termites in Australia
Termites are social, organised insects that are often compared to ants. However, despite being commonly known in Australia as ‘white ants’, termites are not related to ants, and thus present different difficulties when found in great numbers in the home or the workplace. Termites feed largely upon dead plant materials, which includes leaves, branches and most importantly, wood.
There are two main categories of termite:
– Damp-wood Termites: as the name suggests, these termites attack wooden structures where the timber is often damp. This variety of termite builds a large nest underneath a building, with tunnels moving outwards from there. This makes removal of this variety a larger scale project.
– Dry-wood Termites: These termites make smaller nests throughout a building, and from these consume and destroy structures of dry timber.
Termites can, if left unchecked, compromise the structural integrity of your home or workplace, which can result in huge financial costs to repair damage and replace materials.
It can be seen, then, that professional termite control and removal is important to ensure that any issue is dealt with in efficient and environmentally friendly fashion. At Nationwide Pest Control, we provide such pest control services with a guarantee of 100% customer satisfaction. If you are looking for termite control, Sydney, or termite removal, Sydney, Nationwide Pest Control are the professionals you need.
Risks of Termite Infestation
As aforementioned, termites live mainly on a diet of wood. This means that an infestation of termites in your home or workplace will eat away at the building structure, resulting in costly damage and potentially impacting a buildings overall stability. Termites often conceal themselves, resulting in their presence being undetected until the timbers are severely damaged. Furthermore, once termites have entered a building, they do not limit themselves to wood; they have been known to also damage papers, cloths and carpets.
Sydney’s humid climate means that Sydney homes provide a perfect environment for both varieties of termite to breed and live, so it is imperative that any infestation in a home or workplace is dealt with swiftly.
Signs of Infestation
Termites prefer to live in dark and humid environments. Therefore, signs of a termite infestation are not always obvious and easy to identify. However, there are some signs that you can look out for.
Termites often consume wooden structures from within, so although the damage may not be immediately obvious there are some indicators. For example, partially consumed structures may sound hollow if tapped, or break if force is applied. If you find that structures such as skirting boards and door jams are being easily broken or damaged by seemingly minimal amounts of force, it is likely that termites are involved.
Cracks in timber frames and tightness in door or window frames are also potential signs of termite infestation.
What can I do if I have an infestation?
At Nationwide Pest Control, we can provide termite control and removal services in Sydney for any kind of infestation. We also provide termite inspections, meaning that you can ensure that your current or future home or workplace is safe and free from termites. To receive efficient, tailored termite control and removal services, do not hesitate to contact us on 02 9546 7022 or complete our online contact form.