Termites, Timber Pest Inspections

Express Building Inspections are qualified to examine your property and determine the presence of termite activity, and ascertain the damage from a termite infestation.

Termites are small to medium sized insects ranging form 3-20 millimetres in body length. These insects are not often seen although evidence of their presence is observable in the mud tubes they construct or the damage they do to wood products and structures.

Termites are social insects and live in colonies consisting of a queen, sterile workers and soldiers and winged reproductive males and females known as alates. Termites are often known as 'white ants' however these insects are very different from those in the order Hymenoptera which ants belong to.

Termites are secretive creatures, they enter homes often via the sub floor area or concealed slab edges. 
Once inside the property they can cause extensive damage to bearers, joists or stud walls.

Regular timber pest inspections carried out by a qualified inspector are considered to be essential, termites can cause extensive structural damage to a property in a short period of time.

Termite Prevention Tips:

  1. Ensure the external building envelope is watertight.
  2. Ensure the Bathrooms and especially the shower areas are watertight.
  3. Ensure that there are no dripping taps adjacent to the building.
Ensure that all building debris is remove from the sub floor area Remove all formwork from under the slabs.
  5. Ensure that there is adequate sub floor ventilation to the sub floor area.
  6. Replace any wood decay affected bearers or joists in the sub floor frame and upgrade ant capping if required.
  7. Homes built on concrete slabs, ensure that all ground levels are below the weep holes and if possible the slab edges.
  8. Remove all hardwood sleepers from the landscape these are especially a high risk.
  9. Keep vegetation off the external walls to avoid undetected termite entry.
  10. Carry out timber pest inspections at least annually. This should be done by a qualified professional.

Some Facts about Termites 

There are approximately 2600 species of termites that have been identified. They are sightless insects with soft bodies and 
are usually white or tan in colour. Some termites develop wings, although winged termites are not strong flyers. 
Termites are gregarious creatures, inhabiting large colonies and they mostly feed on organic materials that contain cellulose, 
such as Timber, grass, Cardboard, and crops.

Termites are actually beneficial insects, ecologically speaking. 
Termites are actually important decomposers. Termites break down tough plant fibers, recycling dead and decaying trees into new soil. 
Termites are vital to the health of our forests. As they tunnel, termites also aerate and improve the soil.

Termite workers and soldiers in a given termite colony are blind. Since these industrious individuals spend their lives in the confines of the dark, damp nest, 
they have no need to develop functional eyes. Reproductive termites are the only termites that require eyesight, since they must fly to find 
mates and new nest sites.

Differences Between Ants and Termites:

People often confuse ants ant and termites. Both insects live in social colonies, and may take up residence in or near your home. 
While they appear similar at first, a closer look reveals some distinct differences. Termites have two distinct body segments with a 
waistline closer to the head than the tail. Ants have three distinct body segments with two waistlines.