Known colloquially in Australia as “white ants”, termites are actually a member of the cockroach family. Termites, are feared economically as they because are known for causing extensive damage as they not only attack our buildings, but also crops and plantation forests.

They live in colonies. At maturity, these colonies can have a population of anywhere from several hundred to several million!

Two primary types of termites, the subterranean and drywoods, are primarily responsible for the damage to manmade structures. As such, home owners need to be vigilant with tree stumps which have not been dug up. These are prime locations for termite nests. Being so close to homes, termites usually also end up destroying and entering the siding and sometimes the wooden beams of structures.

Their habit of remaining concealed often results in their presence being undetected until the timbers are severely damaged and exhibit surface changes. Once termites have entered a building, they do not limit themselves to wood; they also damage paper, cloth, carpets, and other cellulosic materials utilised in construction like silicon, plaster rubber, and soft plastics.

 

To protect your home or business, FireFly Resolutions will:

  • Conduct a thorough inspection of your property to locate the infestation points.
  • Use an integrated pest management approach to ensure all areas of the property are treated, including dust, baits, and spray to avoid further problems.

 

As the business or home owner, you can assist by:

  • Being vigilant around your home.
  • Ensuring wooden items are not in direct contact with soil.
  • Checking your warranty for termite barriers in place for your home. If your premises is over 5-10 years old, then it’s time to call in an expert to carry out an inspection as part of an ongoing maintenance program.