Termite nest concealed within a wall cavity behind a fridge
On completing a visual termite inspection, the above picture shows a termite nest which was concealed behind a gyprock wall. We removed 3 buckets of termite workings. Thankfully for our client, we were able to bait out the termites before they caused further damage to other areas of the house.
Active termites detected in monitoring station
The above photo shows active termites detected in the monitoring station. Once activity is discovered in the stations, we bait them out using our specialised bait. This will eliminate the termite colony. The monitoring stations are proving their worth!
Subfloor piers without termite shields
This picture shows the timber piers in contact with the soil and are attached to the building. Recommendations would be to fit termite proof ant caps between the pier and the bearer, treat the sub-floor and have at least an annual termite inspections completed to this property.
This in-ground station has been eaten out by termites
Bait is added to active station which the termites will take back to their nest. There is enough bait in this station to eliminate a very large colony.
Termites consuming bait three weeks after above photo.
Active in-ground station is now locked. It will be reinspected 2-3 weeks and replenished if necessary.
Above is an in-concrete monitoring station showing signs of termite activity.
Bait added to in-concrete station.
Baited in-concrete station is now locked – to be re-inspected in 3 weeks.
Bait is 80% consumed by termites. This station will be replenished & locked and re-inspected in another 3 weeks.
Large termite mound
This photo shows a large termite mound. These mounds can easily be treated. With termite mounds, what is seen above the ground, there can be a much larger colony below the ground.
Damaged timbers in a shed near above termite mound
Concealed termite entry
A power shortage to this property led to the discovery of a termite mound behind the switchboard. As you can see, termites are very tricky and used the orange conduit to gain entry undetected. The only way to treat this problem was to bait the termites out using an above ground bait station. Please see picture below of the termites eating the bait.
Above ground bait station
Termites are clever, but not as clever as our termite baiting system!!
Termite prevention starts at home. We see lots of situations of wood piled against the home, close & handy for the wood fire inside, but it is also very handy for termites too!! They have undetected entry to your main investment…..your home.
Wood should not be stored against your house
Keep stored products away from your house. Note below, the termite tunnels running up the slab edge, hidden behind the wood heap. Thankfully the owner of this home had a termite inspection completed to the house and yard and now has a termite baiting system in place.
Termite tunnels gaining access to house behind wood heap
It is recommended that you have regular termite inspections completed to your property every 12 months for peace of mind.
Recently, a routine visual termite inspection of a home showed the following attack:
As you can see from the photo, the termites have entered the house undetected, tunnelled up into the floorboards and now have full access to the interior including stud walls, furniture and roof.
Through our quality endorsed process we identified a number of building deficiencies (such as lack of ant caps on piers) and were able to treat immediate infestation before further damage was done, and also allowed preventative actions to be taken to prevent future termite attacks to this property.
This inspection has saved the homeowner considerable repair costs and once again proved the value of 12 monthly inspections.
As part of our routine inspections, Outback Pest Control looks under a lot of floors.
The tunnel on this pier shows high risk termite activity. The termite shields (or ant caps) have done their job in stopping the undetected entry and providing a warning.
Due to signs of termite activity, treatment is strongly recommended.
If you’ve seen signs like this on your property, contact Outback Pest Control for our professional advice.