Subterranean Termites or "white-ants" are a highly destructive timber pest, causing major structural timber damage to domestic and commercial buildings throughout Australia.
There are several different species of termites with slightly different characteristics but they are all very destructive to timber. In fact Termites cause more damage to homes in Australia than fire, floods, storms and cycones combined.
A Termite colony nest may contain more than a million termites, consisting of a queen, king, young immature nymphs, workers, soldiers and winged reproductives. They are delicate, soft bodied and quite small. Workers are about 5mm long and soldiers about 7 - 10mm. The Queen is an egg laying machine about 100mm long capable of producing over 2,000 eggs per day.
If you find termites in or around your property, it is essential that you do NOT disturb them but contact a pest control professional for an inspection.
In Queensland any structure containing wood is at risk of subterranean termite infestation.
Standard Home and Building Insurance Policies will NOT cover the repair costs of termite infested structural and decorative timbers.
DIY products to kill termites are available at hardware stores but as termites can quickly cause extensive damage to homes and other wooden structures it is far better to call for expert help. Termite Exterminators use sophisticated equipment (thermal imaging and sensitive microphones) to detect termite activity and determine its extent.