Are There Different Types of Termites?

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Most people are unaware that there are different types of termite species. And a credible termite control company like Forensic Pest Control will always use treatments that are specifically formulated for that particular species. This approach increases the effectiveness of the treatment. The other lesser known fact is that there are 300 distinct species of termites in the Australian subcontinent, but very few of these attack and cause damage to properties, some of which include:

  • ‘Giant Termite’ Mastoternes darwiniensis
  • Coptotermes acinaciformis
  • Cryptotermes spp. (native)
  • Cryptotermes brevis -‘West Indian Drywood Termite’
  • Coptotermes frenchi

Drywood termites tend to live near the coastal area though they don’t really need too much moisture to survive. Dampwood termites are ones that live in mulch and damp wood and you will also find these near open water sources. They enter your premises via wooden features that meet damp soil.

Subterranean Termites

Signs of Termites

While its not possible for you to know or identify the different types of termites, it’s necessary that you be aware of some of the common signs of termite infestations. This will help in early identification of the infestation and it can be treated before it gets out of control.

Subterranean termites start feeding on timber features from the ground up and will enter a building via the sub structure. Homes that have crawl spaces are at greater risk and this is the place you should look for any evidence of mud tubes and damaged wood. This species tends to create very specific type of damage- they eat through the wood in tunnels that run all along the grain of the timber.

Drywood termites tend to enter structures at any point where there is exposed wood or at the roof line. It doesn’t take them long to enter a structure and build their colony there. You should make it a point to check your attic spaces for signs of termite damaged wood. You should be looking for miniature holes in the timber with any frass collecting in the surrounding spaces. If you probe the wood, it will also expose galleries that termites have created while eating through the timber features.  

Termite Inspection

Termites are very tiny and very quiet as well and unlike larger pests like rats and mice or even cockroaches, you might not really spot these insects at all. This is why regular inspection of your home structure helps in early identification. If you have noticed any of these signs of termite damage, don’t delay in contacting us. We will send expert termite technicians over to your property. They will inspect your entire property from the basement to the roof and all the rooms on every floor. We use specialised equipment to identify where these insects are nesting and breeding and will carry out treatment that will be very effective in getting rid of these pests.

We have built a very strong reputation on the basis of our constantly high quality services and reliable and efficient solutions. Forensic Pest Control provides the best services at the most competitive rates. For any additional details, the number to call is -1300 360 457. This online form  can be used to send across queries.

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