Australia has three termite types - dampwood
termites, drywood termites and sub-terranean termites
The importance of the correct identification of the termite species by a termite control professional is essential as some termite species will not cause damage to buildings or other timber in service, many termite species are grass eaters or will be found only in trees. In rare occasions these termite species may be found in buildings but this is considered abnormal and if found damage has been noted to be insignificant.
Dampwood termites commonly attack distressed or dead trees, decaying stumps or damp timber in the ground. They are rarely found in dry timbers in buildings. They generally establish small independent colonise that are localised.
Drywood termites primarily are found in tropical areas, where the atmospheric humidity is normally above 75 percent. The West Indian drywood termite has been introduced to Australia and is considered to be extremely destructive, this Termite species has been located in NSW in the past and undetected colonies may still exist. When found specialised eradication procedures are needed which may involve wrapping the entire building in plastic and using methyl bromide fumigation. When found the appropriate government authorities need to be informed.
Sub-terranean termites cause major structural timber damage to buildings. Sub-terranean termites cause a large majority of structural timber pest damage found in homes in NSW.
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AUSINSPECT is well equipped to carry out specialised building works, termite treatments, termite nest location, termite nest eradication, effective repairs to buildings and property maintenance. We own our own machinery and truck for efficient, cost effective undertaking of works, our specialty is the repair of termite damaged and decayed structures.