Termites eat cellulose which is obviously in wood but also many other products such as paper, cardboard, chipboard and many materials such as fabric and canvas.
To answer the question, how do termites eat wood?……The simple answer is………… from the inside out.
Timber affected by termites visually looks sound but it is not until someone or something applies physical pressure to this timber does it become known that it has already been demolished.
Termites are masters of eating out wood to the point of …….almost collapsing.
Unfortunately for home owners, it is not until they notice something on the outside of the wood inside their home is the damage already done.
This large timber floor support bearer will certainly need replacing and can only be done by pulling up the floor boards which are nailed into it above.
Prevention is always better than cure and like how cars have paint to protect the metal from rust, timber frame homes should have adequate termite protection to protect against termite attack.
If you are based on the Gold Coast and would like your home professionally inspected with the latest hi-resolution thermal camera or would like a quote for termite protection for your home, just give us a call on 0459 166 396 or contact us via email.
Finding termite nests (of the aggressive species) is usually very difficult as they are beneath the ground but can sometimes be inside the base of large trees and even more common, in a dead tree stump. Beside the home owners carport was a tall dead tree stump that was certainly worth investigating :).
After realizing that it wouldn’t take much to actually push it over by hand, it seemed that this was a true text book scenario. Look closely and see the nest in the middle of the tree stump base. This was a nest of termites known as Schedorhinotermes which are the most common aggressive species found in S/E Queensland.
A nest of this species of termite is identified by the honeycomb like ball that crumbles like an Aerobar and of course, thousands of termites consisting of Workers, Soldiers, Nymphs and Alates which are the reproductive flying termites.
We applied Termidor termiticide directly into the termite nest which eliminated the colony lowering pressure on his home and the rest of his carport. Termite treatments to the structures themselves are true and adequate forms of termite protection but its always nice to eliminate a nearby nest.
If you would like to gain real piece of mind and have a full and comprehensive termite inspection conducted or would like a treatment proposal for your home, just contact us on 0459 166 396 and ………….look out termites!! 🙂