Suspect You May Have Termites?
If you are a homeowner, the most convenient way to avoid termites is to have your home inspected regularly for these creatures and other pests. Bob Gunn Termite Solutions exists to help you with this. We will determine an effective solution for your problem that not only meets your needs, but also your budget.
We encourage you to conduct termite inspections at least once a year. With regular inspections, as well as with termite monitoring and interception systems, you can prevent termite infestations all year around.
You should also be aware that if you are planning to buy a new house, financial institutions will require a pre-purchase termite inspection for your loan to be approved. A pre-purchase termite inspection is usually completed within 1-2 days, depending on where your property is located, its height from the ground, whether you are surrounded by wooded areas, and other factors that can contribute to the presence of pests.
Not Sure if You Have Found a Termite in Your Home?
We’ll help you verify. Upload a photo of the pest to our Pest Identification page, or directly contact our team in Brisbane on 07 3286 9877.
How Can Termites Be Controlled?
There are several ways to control termite infestation in your home. Our licensed timber pest management technicians are more than capable of providing a termite management solution that is suitable to your requirements and environmental conditions. These may include:
- Chemical Barrier Systems
- Baiting System / Monitoring and Interception Systems
- Physical Barrier Systems (Pre-Construction or Extensions / Renovations)
Termite Protection & Prevention Tips
Termites: Life History & Habits
Termite is the common name of a group of chemically complex insects that live in communities as ants do. They have long been known as white ants, however, this is not entirely accurate. Termites are like ants only in their habits of living together and that they are small in size. Actually, termites are more closely related to cockroaches and grasshoppers.
Termites live in colonies that consist of anywhere between 100-1,000,000 termites. The colonies have various castes, each one having a different function but all vital to the survival of the colony. There are three primary castes – the workers, soldiers and reproductives.
The reproductives, consisting of dark-coloured males and females with fully developed wings, later on leave the nest. After flying in swarms, they shed their wings, pair off and mate. The pair of reproductives will then find a location to begin a new colony, where they are the king and queen, responsible for the production of eggs.
Queens are the largest in their colony, expanding up to 20,000 times the size of other termites. The royal pair can outlive the rest of the members, living up to ten years. The daily production of eggs can reach up 30,000 that the queen is usually unable to move about due to the enormous growth of her abdomen. The workers are responsible for tending and feeding the queen.
The eggs are gathered by workers and carried from the queen’s chamber to the nursery. Upon maturity, the brood becomes a part of the different castes. Some develop into workers, others into workers and a number become reproductives.
Aside from feeding and tending the queen, and transferring the eggs, the colony workers have the task of gathering food. The soldiers, on the other hand, are responsible for defending the colony. They have enlarged heads, and other species have huge jaws and a snout that they can use as weapons against enemies and attackers.