Termites or 'White Ants' as they are often called, have a highly developed social organisation, they live in colonies, numbering from a few hundred to millions. In each colony there are several distinct castes, each of which has particular structure and functions related to the survival and maintenance of the colony.
Although in many ways their behaviour appears to resemble that of the ants, termites are not in fact ants but rather are more closely related to the cockroach.
Termites’ diet consists mostly of cellulose, which is obtained from a variety of sources such as living trees, seasoned timber, books and grasses. There are distinct species of termites that are of concern in the Top End Region
Subterranean Termites - these termites build their nest in trees, in tree stumps, under houses and within enclosed patios or other areas where timber has been buried or stored in contact with the soil. Subterranean termites’ habitats are limited by their need to obtain moisture from a water source.
Subterranean termites can gain entry in houses and buildings in a variety of ways:
It is important to note that certain termite species can cause a vast amount of damage to a building in a short period of time. If you find termites in or around your property, it is essential that you do NOT disturb them and promptly contact Lightning Pest Control your local termite specialist for an inspection of the property and advice on the protective measures available.
There are a number of termite treatments available and each depends upon your situation.
If you are building a new home, then there are already regulations in force regarding Preslab treatments this is usually done by the builder. Check it being done.
If you have an existing home, then you need to consider chemical treatments for an existing termite problem. And A physical/chemical barrier, or reticulation systems or a termite monitoring and interception system to prevent future infestation.
If you are an existing home owner, you will need to get a termite inspection done to start with. This will help determine whether or not you have termites.
Simply having one termite inspection done will not solve your problem forever. You will need to have a thorough termite inspection done at least once a year. The reason termite monitoring and interception systems are becoming so popular is because (installed and monitored properly), they are effective as an early warning sign of possible termite infestation.
If you are looking at buying a new home then you will need a pre-purchase termite inspection. This is obligatory anyway as no financial institution will give you a loan without a pre-purchase termite inspection.
A pre-purchase termite inspection is normally organized by your Conveyancer will normally take between 1- 2 hours depending upon where your house is located, how high it is off the ground, how wooded the area is you live in, how accessible the roofing cavity and on and on. And report issued.