Termite Pest Control

Termites are a menace to homeowners everywhere. Often referred to as white ants, these wood-devouring insects also eat any materials which contain cellulose, like cardboard and paper. Termites are closely related to cockroaches on the evolutionary scale and are active 24/7, 365 days per year.

Every year, termites cause hundreds of millions worth of damages to Australian homes. Termite surveys find that 1 in 3 homes in Australia will be affected by termites at some stage, which causes greater damage than fires, storms, and floods combined. Many Australians will also find that termite damage is not covered by most home insurance policies, leaving many with damaged homes and no help. Conducting frequent termite inspections is paramount to detecting problems early.

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If you find termites, DO NOT disturb them and call 13 14 40 immediately to speak to an expert for more information.

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From Preparation to Treatment

Flick is a trusted name in termite treatment. Options include the Flixterm Termite Interception and Baiting System, which is an environmentally friendly termite solution that monitors, intercepts and eliminates termites. A termite baiting system may take around four hours to install, then regular visits are required over subsequent months for monitoring.

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Our expert technicians will do a full site analysis. A Chemical Termite Soil Treatment will be implemented if there is termite access underneath your home. A soil treated zone may take around a day to install and can be active for up to eight years.

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If we find that there are live termites in your home, we will perform Termite Dusting directly where termites are feeding on timber. Elimination of the attacking colony using a termite dust can take several visits over 8-10 weeks.

Common Termite Questions

  • 01How big are termite colonies?

    Termites are social insects, living together in colonies. The colonies of subterranean termites can contain up to several million termites. They are divided into castes which determine their activities. Termites in the worker caste dig tunnels and ensure food supply. Soldiers prevent intruders from harming the colony, while reproductive termites perpetuate the species by ‘swarming’ annually to start a new colony. Termites are active 24/7, 365 days a year.

  • 02Are termites and white ants the same thing?

    White ant is the common name for termites of which there are many species. While termite is the correct term, they are often called white ants due to their appearance. They resemble ants and are a milky white colour. However, termites have little in common with ants from an evolutionary perspective and are more closely related to cockroaches

  • 03What do termites like to eat?

    Termites eat wood and the cellulose that is found in paper and timber-based products. The timber is often eaten from the inside, leaving a paper-thin shell on the outside that appears mottled or wrinkled and often stained with spots of mud. On residential properties, termites may infest finished timbers such as door frames, skirting boards and architraves, subfloor timbers and framing.

  • 04How can Flick help with your termite problem?

    If you suspect a termite problem, it is imperative that you have a timber pest inspection done by an accredited professional, who should provide you with a comprehensive written report and a proposal for eradication and future control. All Flick Anticimex timber pest inspections are carried out in accordance with Australian Standards. Suspect a problem? If you find termites DO NOT disturb them and call us on 13 14 40.

  • 05How long is a termite treatment active?

    Once you have a termite treatment done on your home, it is usually active for several years, depending on the specific method and formulations applied. Another variable is the residual life of the formulation in the soil, which varies according to the amount of moisture present and the type of soil substrate. However, you should have inspections performed at least once a year.

Common Termites

Subterranean Termites

Appearance

Worker and solider subterranean termites are 1/8 – 3/8th inch long. Workers are cream-coloured, soldiers have brown heads and powerful mandibles. Larger, reproductive subterranean termites are about an inch long and look like winged ants.

Lifestyle

These tiny critters can even tunnel through concrete to get to food sources, which means they are capable of collapsing entire buildings. Their hard jaws come with saw-like teeth which bite small fragments of wood, one tiny piece at a time. It is recommended that homeowners have an inspection once a year to prevent subterranean termite

Habits

Subterranean termites cause the most damage to Australian homes. They live underground in colonies and build tunnels to reach food sources, feeding on wood and other cellulose products. They need contact with soil to survive and thrive, which is why they build distinctive “mud tubes” to gain access to food sources and protect the colony from open air, where they can’t survive. Tunnels can reach up to 100m away from the nest.

Drywood Termites

Appearance

Drywood termites are similar in appearance to subterranean termites and vary in colour according to their maturity and role. Worker termites are cream, soldiers and swarmers can be brown or blac

Lifestyle

Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites can tolerate dry conditions for long periods. They do not build tunnels, remaining entirely above ground. A clue to their presence is piles of faecal pellets. They are not as destructive as subterranean termites, except for the West Indian drywood termite, which can be extremely destructive. The latter are quite rare but must be reported and treated when found.

Habits

Drywood termites attack dry, undecayed wood. This may include structural timber in homes, utility poles and furniture. Small colonies of a few hundred termites usually infest a small area of timber below floor level. They tend to be active in coastal, tropical and sub-tropical areas.

Dampwood Termites

Appearance

Dampwood termites are much larger than subterranean termites and look like winged ants. Large head with pincers on the front.

Lifestyle

Dampwood colonies are usually small compared to other termite species, although in ideal conditions they can thrive. Since they require moist timber for survival, often removal of the damaged timber is all that is needed for treatment.

Habits

Dampwood termites attack moist wood. They are attracted to old wood decks, leaky roof eaves and substructures which have been ruined by plumbing leaks. They often nest in wood beneath the soil. Found in cool, humid areas along the coast.