Major Termite Species In Sydney

Major Termite Species In Sydney Termites can be harmful to your property, look out for following species…

Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung, and about 10% of the estimated 4,000 species (about 2,600 taxonomically known) are economically significant as pests that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests.

Termites are social insects that live in communities just like ants. They have long been known as white ants, however, this is not true. Termites are like ants only in their habitats but they are much smaller in size. Actually, termites have more of a resemblance to grasshoppers and cockroaches. They have evolved over 200 million years. These small insects can cause a lot of damage to your house. There are more than 300 species of termites in Australia and 30 of them are potentially harmful. Termites can be divided into groups called castes – each caste performs different functions.

Some of the primary species of termite include Subterranean, Dampwood and Drywood termites. Subterranean termites dwell in soil while Dampwood termites prefer to live in dead trees. A serious invasion can result in substantial damages and a large amount of money may be spent in repairs. There are many species of termites in Sydney and five of them are particularly harmful, since they infest both old and new homes. These harmful species are generally Subterranean .

Dampwood termites

The second most harmful termites are Dampwood termites. Dampwood termites do not live in centralised nests; they live in much smaller nests in damp areas and parts of standing trees. Their nests are above ground, and they prefer to stay in their nests – although, they are also responsible for destroying a lot of houses and buildings in Sydney.

Drywood termites

The third type is Drywood. Drywood termites live in their nests avoiding ground and moisture unlike their counter parts Dampwood termites. The scientific name of drywood is Incisitermes minor (Hagen). They live in small colonies. A single colony can exist in a small piece of dry timber such as a frame of a picture or a table or a desk which can be in your home and office. If you are facing problems due to termite, try a reliable pest control service.

  • Castle Hill, Dural
  • Epping, Frenchs Forest
  • Leichhardt
  • Manly
  • Marrickville
  • Mosman
  • Maroubra
  • Pearl Beach
  • Rozelle
  • Wahroongah
  • Winston Hills

If you don’t live in one of these Sydney suburbs, it doesn’t mean that your property isn’t at risk, though; so if it’s been a while since your last termite inspection, be sure to schedule one soon.

What Does a Termite Inspection Involve?

When Pink Pest Services is asked to do a termite inspection, we may use several techniques to ensure you get all the answers you need. The first of these methods is generally a visual inspection. During this process, we look for the outward signs of infestation. In addition to a visual termite inspection, we also have very specialised equipment. For example, we may employ the use of a borescope, which is a fiber optic camera that can look inside the walls. Our methods may also include the use of a thermal imaging camera. These tools help us determine the scope of an infestation.

Sometimes in a termite inspection , it is necessary to do what is called an “invasive inspection.” This involves actually removing portions of the house to see what is going on behind the scenes. Because it is so invasive, we look at this as one of our last options in a termite inspection; and it is always carried out by a well-qualified professional to ensure the integrity of the work. The introduction of the thermal imaging cameras has made these types of inspections less necessary.

Does My House Really Need a Termite Inspection?

While many people tend to think of termites in the context of timber houses, the truth is that all types of houses are at risk for an attack. Surprisingly to many, brick houses in the Sydney area are at just as much risk as those framed with softwoods. The explanation for this is that termites attack from the outside in and don’t realize the house isn’t made of tasty wood until they’ve already bored through doors or window frames. Even steel-framed houses need to undergo regular termite inspections for this very reason.

he trained, certified professionals at Pink Pest Services are available to conduct thorough termite inspections throughout the Sydney area. Contact us today for a free quote.

How subfloors increase your termite risk & what to do about it | Coast Pest

How Subfloors Increase Your Termite Risk And What To Do About It

Subterranean termites come up from underground to attack homes, meaning the first signs of damage can usually be seen in the subfloor. If you’re buying a home and can’t get to inspect the subfloor (or currently live in a property with a subfloor), the likelihood is that there has been no termite inspection for some years.

This is exactly what happened to Martin, who bought his dream home in Sydney in 2000. A timber pest inspection at the time told him there were no termites. Last year Martin decided to undertake some renovations, and what he found horrified him. The windowsill literally fell away in his hands (dry rot, and a warning sign of a termite friendly environment). When he began removing gyprock from the walls, the extensive termite damage was clear to see.

On inspection, Martin’s subfloor was found to be riddled with termites. Termite leads ploughed a path from the soil to the floor joists. The damage was estimated at many thousands of dollars in materials, plus labour.

How is a subfloor built?

A floor consists of three layers: the joists, the subfloor, and the top-floor. The joists support the subfloor and the subfloor is attached to the top-floor (tiles, hardwood, or carpet). The subfloor is usually made of plywood or pine: termite food.

Termites make their way up supporting joists to the subfloor, where they can cause extensive damage before then attacking the rest of the house.

How to spot termite damage to subfloors

There are a number of signs that indicated termite damage to the subfloor:

  • Squeaking floors
  • Sagging floors
  • A top floor layer that is detached from the subfloor
  • Loose floor tiles

How to handle termite infestation in your subfloor

If you notice any of the signs above, you should have your home inspected for termites . A plan of action to remove the termites and repair the damage should then be create. Damaged areas will need to be removed and replaced, with particular attention paid to nearby wooden structural timbers, including adjacent floor joists.

Work should be undertaken in this order:

  • Inspection
  • Infestation treatment
  • Preventative measures taken
  • Second Inspection to determine eradication and control
  • Repair work

How to protect your subfloor from termites?

Of course, the best way to tackle termites is to be prepared: prevention is always better (and cheaper) than cure. Here are five things to do to ensure your subfloor remains termite free:

  • Regularly inspect for termites (with a maximum of 12 months between inspections)
  • Ensure the subfloor is well ventilated, to prevent moisture build-up
  • Ensure adequate drainage
  • Treat timbers against termite attack

If you would like to better protect your most valuable investment – your home – and help it to increase in value then contact us today.

5 Gardening Habits that Attract Termites and 5 That Fight Them

5 Gardening Habits that Attract Termites and 5 That Fight Them

For many of us, gardening is a much-loved hobby that can be enjoyed all year round due to our beautiful climate. However, while you may be transforming your garden into a tropical paradise, you could also be unsuspectingly creating a paradise for a termite colony. Here are five bad gardening habits that attract termites, and five good gardening habits that will help fight a termite threat.

Termite-attracting gardening habits

  • Planting too close to your home. A common gardening scheme includes planting beds which hide the foundation of your home. These create an environment which encourages termites into your foundations, giving the moistness required and creating a natural pathway to the under-build and beyond.
  • Removing treated soil. Soil next to your foundations may have been treated with liquid termiticide. Keen gardeners often mistakenly dig this over in efforts to improve aesthetic qualities, but all that is accomplished is the removal of this protective barrier.
  • Wood products mulches. Many gardeners use mulch for the goodness of their gardens and to control weeds. A wood-product mulch is a termite attractor, and if it is placed right up to the house borders on an open invitation to the local termite colony.
  • Leaf build-up. When leaves fall in the autumn, gardeners begin the never-ending fight to keep their gardens clear of dead foliage. If fallen leaves are left too long, they can clog gutters and drains, and provide the perfect habitat for a thriving termite colony to expand and attack your home.
  • Over-watering. A well-presented garden requires water to thrive. In an effort to maintain correct soil moisture, gardeners will over-water, creating the damp surroundings that termites love.

Termite-fighting gardening habits

  • Keep a safe distance. Add colour to the garden by planting beds away from your home’s foundations, and avoid digging treated ground next to your home’s walls. Clear the garden of leaves and other debris on at least a weekly basis
  • Wood alternatives. Use mulches that are made from non-wood products, such as pine straw, gravel, rocks, and rubber.
  • Water control. Make sure that taps and water pipes are kept in good repair, checking regularly and fixing drips quickly. Seal around pipes and utility lines where water may enter.
  • Pipe maintenance. Maintain gutters and downspouts, clearing all debris as soon as it appears, and divert water away from foundations.
  • Store wood away from your home. If you keep a wood store, make sure it is well away from the home and keep untreated wood away from the soil.

For professional help with termite control services contact the team at pink.

Should you buy a home with termite history? | Coast Pest

What if Your Dream Home has a Termite History: Should You Go Ahead with the Purchase?

When you are buying a home, pre-purchase building and timber pest inspections are a must. Often buyers will skip the pest inspection – and this can be a big and costly mistake.

CSIRO estimates that 1 in 5 Australian homes will be attacked by termites. With termites capable of causing significant damage without being detected, when they are spotted the damage can be extensive. In the worse cases, they can completely destroy a home.

The last thing you want, having bought your dream home, is be unaware that termites are eating away at your investment.

So when you are looking to buy a home, it’s important to know the termite status and history for the property:

  • Are there any active termites in the house or on the property?
  • Has there been any damage in the past?
  • Is there an up-to-date treatment on the property?
  • Are there any conditions that may make the home more likely to suffer a termite attack?

To get this detailed information you need a thorough inspection carried out by a termite specialist.

What will a pre-purchase pest inspection tell you?

A pre-purchase pest inspection is a little more involved than a normal termite inspection as it also looks for other timber pests, such as borers, and signs of wood decay. However, termites are the main pest of concern.

Whether your dream home is a weatherboard, brick or even a metal framed home, termites can find their way in and attack any wood elements. Yes, even metal frame homes are not safe – termites will get in and eat floorboards, door frames and architraves!

A detailed inspection will involve inspecting each room in turn, spending time in the roof void and subfloor (if one exists), checking the garage and any outbuildings, looking at fencing and trees around the building. The inspection is looking for active termites, signs of termite damage, evidence of previous treatments and any construction faults or conditions that may make the property more susceptible to a termite attack.

Such an inspection takes time and a skilled inspector may also use specialised detection equipment to scan areas they cannot physically see. The result is a comprehensive inspection of your potential purchase.

Hopefully, the home is termite free, but as we know, with 1 in 5 homes having a history of termite attack, it is quite possible that the inspection will find some evidence of current or previous termite activity.

The question is: should you buy your dream home if the inspection reveals current termite activity or past termite damage?

Should you buy a home with termite activity or termite damage?

Many people might advise you to avoid buying a property that has a history of termites, and certainly one with a current termite problem. But to dismiss the purchase might be to miss the opportunity of a lifetime. After all, it would be easy to dismiss buying your dream house for any number of reasons – it has evidence of settling, it has a history of flooding, it doesn’t have adequate heating, and so on.

Remember that evidence of current or previous termite damage could be a big bargaining chip to reduce the sale price. However, in addition to getting any reduction in price, there are steps you can take before signing a contract to reduce your risk:

  • If the property has active termites ensure that the costs of treatments and repairs will be paid by the seller before the purchase goes through
  • Make sure they use a reputable termite treatment company that carries out a complete treatment and provides a guarantee, which will pass on to you (as the new owner). Sellers will often employ the cheapest pest controller to do the cheapest job, telling them, “Just squirt a bit of chemical to kill the termites you can see.” Without a comprehensive treatment, the termites will come back.
  • If a previous treatment has been carried out, understand whether it is still under guarantee and whether such an agreement can be transferred to you
  • If the home is a new build, establish that timbers have been pre-treated and ask what type of termite protection has been included in the construction. Ensure there are termite warranties on the property.

Termites are common in Sydney, and so a history of termite attack is not uncommon, and neither are repairs. So try not to be too emotional when dealing with a ‘scary’ termite problem. If seen as a maintenance problem, termites are suddenly seen in a different light.

The bottom line is that buying a home with a history of termites does not have to lead to future problems, with the risk of seeing your investment being eaten away (literally). Knowledge is power and a comprehensive pest inspection is key. Termites can be controlled and eradicated, and a termite history could prove strong leverage when it comes to negotiating your purchase price.

Contact us for your professional building and termite inspection today.

Once you have bought your home

Termites are a fact of life in Australia, so protecting your home with regular termite inspections and installing a termite management system should really be considered a standard part of maintaining your home.

Indeed, your home is more likely to be attacked by termites than be affected by fire, flood or other natural disaster. However, termite attack is not covered by your standard home insurance, and so a small annual investment in termite inspections will help to stay termite free and maintain value in your home.

If you need a home inspection carried out by a experienced inspector feel free to contact us or give us a call on 1300 132 062. Book your termite inspection and protect your home today.

How often should you get a termite inspection? | Coast Pest

How Often Should You Have Your Home Inspected for Termites?

Termites are social insects that live in colonies (that can become very large) and can cause serious damage to your home. They feed on cellulose, which is found in materials such as wood, paper and cardboard – and yes, some species of termite can attack your furniture, too. It’s estimated that one in five houses in Sydney is under attack by termites at any given time.

If you are living in Sydney, it’s wise to regularly check for signs of termites as nests can form quickly and grow to a large size without being noticed. Routine termite inspections can save you from a lot of trouble.

Termite attacks

You may not be able to notice a termite attack until it becomes very evident, at which point, a significant amount of damage may have been done to your home. Here are some signs that you should look out for:

  • Discarded wings around windowsills and other sources of daylight
  • Cracks and bubbling in the paint on your walls and woodwork
  • Very thin mud tubes on the walls or any part of the house where wood is close to the ground.

Termites chew through wood and hollow it out from the inside, so you can detect termite infestation by tapping the wood around your home – if it sounds hollow, then termites may have found their way inside. It’s probably time to contact Pink Pest Services for a professional inspection that can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

Benefits of a professional inspection

Termites may go undiscovered in your home for a long time unless you know the small signs to look for. That’s why having a termite inspection every 12 months is the best way to protect your investment.

Termite inspectors will look for insects and organisms that destroy wood (not just termites, but wood borers too). Termites love moisture, so an inspector will look particularly closely around bathrooms and kitchens. Improper ventilation in these areas may increase the chances of termite attack. Your attic should also be examined for termites – their discarded wings may be found in spider webs, another sign of their presence.

Termites tend to avoid bright light and open air and mostly remain hidden. They can usually be found either in their nest or travelling in the mud tubes they build to connect the nest with their food sources. Did you know that inappropriate drainage systems and direct contact of wooden structures with the earth increases the risk of termite infestation? This is why you shouldn’t leave piles of wood stacked close to your house during winter.

Inspection of your property once a year may work in areas where the termite attack ratio is very low. However, it is recommended that your property be inspected for termites at least twice a year in higher risk areas such as Sydney. Conducting an inspection less frequently, such as once every two years, may be dangerous because a single termite queen can lay thousands of eggs in one day. Since termites can expand their colony at a rapid rate, they can easily damage large portions of your house within a two year timeframe.

If you do have termites, then your insurance may not cover the damage caused unless you can show that you’ve had inspections carried out each year. So instead of leaving your precious investment at risk, it makes sense to opt for regular termite inspections of your property to make sure that it is protected.

For more information or to arrange an inspection contact Pink Pest Services on 1300 132 062 or contact us online.