Don’t Cut Corners with Termite Inspection, Control and Treatment in Melbourne.
A termite infestation is a nightmare that no homeowner wants to face. The damage can devastate the entire structure of a home, ruining your living space and depreciating the value of your primary investment.
While weatherboard homes are at greater risk for termites, homes built of brick or on a concrete slab are not immune to the ravages of termite infestation. All homes have wooden components that are subject to termite damage, and pest control is the best way to ensure freedom from these invaders. Noah’s Ark Pest Control is your premier cost effective solution for termite control and treatment. Termite treatment is our specialty and we do it right at a great price!
Trust Our Experts for Quality Termite Treatment
Noah’s Ark Pest Control will customise a termite treatment plan for your needs, including preventative measures such as termite barrier treatment. We also offer pre-purchase inspections for homebuyers to avoid buying a house that is infested.
When it comes to termite control, treatment and inspection, you can’t afford to cut corners. Noah’s Ark Pest Control brings expert termite control services with a high-tech approach to protect your home, family and business from the ravages of termites.
What Exactly Are Termites
What exactly are termites? This overview will give you an understanding of the basics and why regular inspections are crucial for termite control.
Termites are subterranean social insects that live in colonies or groups that can number in the millions. Termites, sometimes referred to as “white ants,” are known for consuming wood as their main food source. They can be extremely variable in terms of how they look, with different sizes, shapes and colours; however, there are some similarities.
All types of termites are in the Isopteran order. While sometimes called “white ants,” they are actually not in the ant family. In fact, they are more closely related to cockroaches, although highly modified.
“Magnetic termites” live in mounds above ground, while others like the Nasutitermes species lives in elevated nests in tall wooden structures such as telephone poles. The Coptotermes species resides in structures in contact with the ground such as trees, stumps, fences, woodpiles, sheds, and even the timber portions of your home.
Termite colonies are divided into castes as follows:
Worker – Takes care of tunnelling and food supply.
Soldier – Defends against intruders.
Reproductive (alates) – Contributes to future generations of the colony.
Worker and soldier termites are sterile and do not reproduce. However, all termites consume the cellulose that is found in wood, paper and cardboard as well as grass and other elements of nature.
Termites tend to be stealthy, staying out of sight while consuming a wooden structure from the inside out. Termite inspections are the best way to determine if you have termites so that you can take action early.
Noah’s Ark Pest Control can assist you with termite control and treatment. They can also assist with removal of other wood-boring insects like wood moths, furniture beetles, Queensland pine beetles, powderpost beetles, ambrosia beetles and greenwood longicorns. Call (03) 9372 2670 for expert help today!
Signs and Symptoms of Termite Infestation
The signs of termite infestation include the following:
“Termite mud” – Termite waste creates a mud-like substance termites use to form tunnels. However, this substance is often hard to spot as it is most often behind structures or walls.
Hollow-sounding wood – Wood that has a hollow, echoing sound when tapped or knocked is likely infested with termites.
Changes to door and window closure – The mud-like excrement left by termites can trap moisture and heat into wood, causing it to swell. This can make doors and windows more difficult to open and close.
Cracking at cornices and door jams – While cracking can have a number of causes, sometimes structural damage caused by termites can lead to cracks.
Collapsing timber – Wood that has suffered extreme termite damage can actually cave in when bumped or pushed.
Typically, evidence of termites indicates significant damage is already being done, as these insects work quietly and insidiously to avoid being detected. Click here to read more on how to identify and signs of termites.
That’s what makes an annual termite inspection from Noah’s Ark Pest Control so important. Our Termatrac T3i system can literally see through walls, floors and ceilings to detect termite movement so that action can be taken at the earliest phases of infestation. Our highly trained technicians follow Australian Standards and are fully licensed and insured. Give us a call at (03) 9372 2670 to schedule your inspection today to know your termite treatment cost. Our service expert is always available to be at your service at a low price every time.
Termite Behaviour Patterns
Termites can nest in a wide variety of places; these can include old building materials, tree stumps, soil fill, underneath structures, in cavity walls and in just about any wooden component of your home. They can even build colonies under concrete slabs and in the trees in your yard. Peppercorns, eucalypts, elms and imported oak are some of their favourites.
Even if a termite nest is some distance from a building, they can tunnel up to 80 m from the nest to feed on the wood they find there. Contact us for a thorough inspection and control services for termites to ensure your property is safe and protected.
Termite Reproduction and Flying Termites (Alates)
The queen and king termites reside in their own chamber at the colony’s centre, producing eggs and coordinating the daily activities of soldier and worker termites. There is usually one queen per termite nest measuring up to 4 cm in length. Queen termites are extremely active and can lay as many as 40,000 eggs per day. The queen also is able to live an astounding 40 years in some cases.
Termite alates refer to the sexually mature termite and include both females and males. While the worker and soldier termite castes are sterile and cannot reproduce, alate termites ensure the continuation of the colony.
The alate (reproductive) termites can fly and tend to do so in the warmer summer months when humidity is higher at night. This is also their mating season, and afterward, they can tunnel in the ground to begin a new colony. While in flight, however, flying termites are vulnerable and many of them perish due to predators or exposure.
Alate termite flight often occurs when homeowners are away. It can be extremely alarming to return to a home that is suddenly teeming with winged insects. Alates are often found near carpeting or moving toward windows to attempt escape. However, they cannot live long when exposed in this way and will often die off in large groups in the home.
Noah’s Ark Pest Control are experts in diagnosing what type of termites you have so that the best course of action can be taken. This is crucial to both addressing the current termite problem and taking steps so that there aren’t any future issues. Call us or send us an enquiry to schedule your inspection today.