Termites

Identification, treatment, & prevention information.

ABOUT THE PEST

Identifying Termites

Termites are generally found on or inside different types of wood and timber, which they consume. Some species also live underground. They usually measure between 0.7mm and 1cm in length, slightly larger than the average ant. Termites are a light yellow to brown colour, with a shiny exterior. Some parts of their body may almost appear to be translucent, and they have a long body, with six legs, as well as pincers upon their mouth (soldier termites).

Where Termites are Found

Each colony of termites can be home to more than one million termites, and a queen can live for up to 50 years! Within the colony, there are worker termites, soldier termites, reproductive termites, swarming termites (which fly) and a queen termite. Termites come in three distinct species in Australia, and can cause enormous damage to homes and wooden structures around the country.

At Oracle Services, our expert team of pest control specialists utilises a range of technology and environmentally friendly chemicals to remove termites and ensure they don’t cause any further damage to your home or business.

Termite Traits

Exploring the Distinctive Characteristics and Habits

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Yellow/brown colour

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Shiny exterior

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Consume wood

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May have pincers

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Long body and small head

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Some have wings

TYPES OF THE PEST

Discovering
The Termite Species

Dampwood Termites

Dampwood termites are often found in forests, where they feed on damp and rotting wood. Fallen trees are often home to dampwood termites.
Dampwood Termites

Drywood Termites

These termites are usually found within homes and buildings, inside timber flooring and at times, walls. They also consume the dead, dry wood of trees.
Drywood Termites

Subterranean Termites

These termites live on the ground as they need to be in contact with soil for hydration, but they can live within a building if there is a water source. They are the most destructive species in Australia.
Subterranean Termites

Treatment Options for Termites

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Professional Pest Control

Consult a pest control expert for severe termite infestations. We can assess the situation and apply a tailored, effective treatment to get rid of pests quickly.

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Liquids

We utilise safe compounds that either poison and kill termites, or keep them away from your house or business premises.

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Baits

Baits that contain cellulose to attract termites can be placed in strategic locations, such as near a feeding spot or nest. They may eat the bait and spread it within the colony.

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Dusting

There are a number of dust products available that can be placed in problem areas or on nests. These dusts aim to kill and collapse the colony.

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Foaming

An aerosol foam can be delivered right into a termite infestation. This foam expands and blocks up the termites’ gallery system, and even the nest.

Termite Prevention Tips

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Inspection Before Construction

The most effective ways to prevent termites involve thorough inspections before you begin building your new house or structure.

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Barriers and Caps

Installing metal sheeting and caps on timber areas that may be at risk is a great way to protect your structure from termites.

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Drill Surrounding Trees

If there are trees nearby, particularly those that are already dead or dying, drilling them to check for termites is an important step.

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Regular Inspections

You should always remain vigilant. Conduct regular inspections on areas you think might be at risk. Or, better yet, hire the experts!

A Combination of Treatment and Prevention is Essential

At Oracle Services, we know that preventing a termite infestation is always better than treating it down the track. By then, there is likely to be extensive damage. However, it’s not always easy to spot a termite infestation, which is why regular expert pest inspections are so beneficial. Our team of experienced technicians will apply all of their skills and knowledge to discover and eliminate any termite infestations before it’s too late.

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OUR PROCESS

Our Termites Treatment Process

Step 1

Inspection

The first step is a thorough inspection of your home or business. We’ll take the time to identify the types of termites that you are dealing with.

Step 2

Consultation

Once we have completed the inspection and identified the infestation and the offending nest, we’ll consult with you regarding treatment.

Step 3

Planning

We’ll plan the most effective strategy to eliminate termites quickly, including at their nest so that they don’t simply reappear later on.

Step 4

Execution

Our expert technicians will execute our pest control plan to maximum effect, aiming to eliminate all the termites in and outside while keeping you safe.

Step 5

Prevention

Once we’ve completed the pest control service, we will provide you with a plan to help prevent a re-infestation of termites, so you get peace of mind.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most common questions we get asked about pest control for termites.

Fumigation is often considered the most effective treatment for termite infestations. However, this type of treatment is not exactly safe and is not environmentally friendly. Our most efficient treatments involve liquid treatments, aerosols, and baits for maximum effect.
Every infestation is a little different. We always provide a tailored treatment, built around your needs and your premises. Therefore, costs can vary. For a free quote, get in touch with us today.
To eliminate termites permanently, destroying their nest is a must. Our expert technicians will take the time to find the source of the termite infestation. We’ll then execute a plan to destroy the nest and ensure that termites don’t reappear in your home or business.

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