Termites in Queensland

Termites in Queensland. Termites may cause damage to your home if they are not seen professionally to quickly and properly. ‘Contact Termite Controller Gold Coast’ if you think termites have infested your property, or if you have noticed termite activity nearby.

Useful ways to help keep termites away from your property :

  • Do not put garden beds, shrubs, trees or bark against the walls of your property
  • Do not leave loose timber stacked against or under your home or in the yard
  • Do not leave objects leaning against the walls that also touch the ground
  • Don’t place grass clippings around trees
  • Wood piles should be kept off the ground so you can see the mud trails left by the termites if they attack the timber
  • Remove old tree stumps from your yard
  • any suspected termite activity in fences and trees around your home
  • a brick home, make sure the gaps / weep holes in-between the bricks and the concrete slab are open to the environment to allow any moisture to evaporation
  • Fix any leaking hoses fixtures

Checking for termites yourself in your own home

Inside your home

  • Tap your fingers (like knocking on a door) on any timber in your home (eg. skirting boards, architraves, doors and window frames) and listen for a dull, hollow sound.
  • Look for blistered or bubbled paint, and rippled or bulging wall linings, skirtings or architraves.

Outside your home

  • Check for small mud tunnels against the walls and paths, or trails leading up the foundation posts or brick walls into your home.
  • The trails are more likely to be found in moist areas against the building and storage areas under the building.

Subterranean termites

  • They usually live in the ground and soil and need contact with the soil or some constant source of water moisture.
  • They usually move above ground in covered mud galleries and infest standing houses and other buildings.

Drywood termites

  • Don’t not require contact with the ground or soil moisture.
    Are capable of infesting a single piece of timber.
  • Sometimes require the moisture to be in the timber
  • May infest a building through air-flight or the introduction of infested timber or furniture.
  • Colonies are rather small (a few hundred individuals) when compared to subterranean termites with thousands

Termite treatment options

  • There are a number of termite treatments options available, each with varying costs, durability and ongoing work requirements.

Usually termite management systems include:

  • Mono concrete slab
  • Installing a slab as part of the management system with another approved method to protect any penetrations, such as waste pipes

Chemical

  • Using approved chemicals under the slab and around the outside of the building on completion. Also requires:
  • installing a 300mm wide concrete protection strip
    a reticulation system to top-up the chemical.

Graded stone

  • Placed under the foundation slab and around the perimeter

Stainless steel mesh

Full or partial mesh under the slab and around the perimeter

Termite resistant materials
Treated timber
Masonry
Steel
Concrete

Termite resistant timber
Treated timber
Naturally resistant timber

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