There are over three hundred species of termites in Australia many cause great damage to homes and it has been said that one third of homes will be attacked in its life time. This includes Subterranean and Dry Wood Termites.

So what do Subterranean Termites look like? Below you will find the most common termites found Schedorhinotermes Spp & Cryptotermes Spp that cause great damages to homes in south east Queensland.

Termites

workers found under wood on ground

Termite

Other termites commonalty found during inspections of properties are Heterotermes Spp, Nasutitermes Spp and Microcerotermes Spp.

All can cause damages to homes, fencing, landscape timbers and structures.

So what to look for as a home owner? Below you will see termite leads or mud tubes that could be termites entering a home.

word-image8Termite mud lead crossing the slab edge of a house slab and you will notice it crosses the dampcourse in the brickwork.

Mud lead found to the internal stairs

Mud lead found to the internal stairs

 

Extensive termite leads found to the subfloor of a house. Photo shows the termite lead built on brickwork and shows how termites can build over or bypass the metal ant cap to pier to enter the subfloor and wall cavity of a house.

It is always highly recommended that you have your home inspected on an annual basis by a Licensed and Insured Inspector.

Possible Termites in a wall.

Thermal Imaging showing possible termites found to wall framing during an inspection.

Termite Resistant Timbers, But not Termite Proof.

Red bloodwood
Spotted gum
White mahogany
New England blackbutt
Forest red gum
Coast grey box
Southern mahogany
River red gum
Grey gum
Gympie messmate
Jarrah
Tallowwood
Grey box
Stringybark
Grey ironbark
Blackbutt
Red mahogany
Red ironbark
Forest red gum
Brush box
Turpentine
Cypress (Australian)