Common Myths About Termite Infestations

Only a few regions in Australia remain unaffected by termites. In fact, most Australian properties are located near a termite colony. Termites are a popular topic in internet search results, yet many people are still confused about the associated risks. However, with proper pest control Fingal for your property, and with a bit of insight, you can keep your property termite-free all year round.

Myth #1: Termites Attacking A Tree Stump Will Leave Your Property Alone

It is not unusual for Aussies to have old tree stumps, abandoned railway sleepers, and discarded timbers in and around their properties. You may notice active termite damage on a tree stump outside and think that they will leave your home and its foundation alone if they have something else to feed on.

Active termite nests can see anywhere between 2,000 and 5,000 new eggs laid daily, which means a lot of mouths to feed. Termites actively travel underground, expanding their trails and tunnels and pathways in search of new food sources. As soon as you notice termites anywhere on your property, it is time to call in the professionals for an inspection to understand the full extent of the infestation.

Myth #2: Termites Exist Only To Destroy Things

While termites are notorious for destroying homes, they serve an important purpose in nature. Termites act as a natural recycling system, breaking down fallen trees and decaying wood into nutrient-rich soil that supports local vegetation growth. Unfortunately, it is when they infiltrate urban settings where our paths cross that the problem starts.

Myth #3: Concrete Homes Are Safe From Infestation

Just because your home exterior is made of bricks or concrete does not mean it is safe from termites; the internal structural timbers are at risk. Australian homes are usually made with timber frames; thus wooden joists and foundations can all be at risk of termite attacks. This is because termites can crawl through tiny cracks in concrete or bricks to get at the internal structural timbers.

Even steel-framed houses are not immune to termite attacks. Do not forget that the floorboards, window frames, cabinetry and other wood fittings within the home are at risk of termite infestation.

Myth #4: Termites And Ants Are Part Of The Same Species

While termites and ants are commonly confused for one another, they belong to completely separate insect families. Ants are part of the Order Hymenoptera and the Family Formicidae, whereas termites are part of numerous families under the Order Isoptera.

Although there are some superficial similarities between termites and ants, such as six legs, two antennae and three body components, ants and termites are very different. Even carpenter ants, which can tunnel through wood, are not the same as termites. Carpenter ants do not eat wood. Instead, they consume honeydew, dead insects and seeds, while termites consume cellulose, which is present in wood, paper and some plants.

Myth #5: Termite Infestations Are Easy To Detect

Termites are stealthy intruders who can leave very few indications of their presence when they infest a property. They hide in tiny crevices and cracks and hollow out wood from the inside, making it difficult for the average homeowner to find them. The extent of the damage can be detected by a qualified, certified specialist using the latest pest control technologies.

Fact: You Can Count On Us

Hamma Pest Solutions are your local experts in termite and pest control in Fingal and surrounding areas. We understand everything there is to know about termites, their behaviours and their preferences, and we can accurately assess the full extent of an infestation.

As part of our inspection service, we can compile a detailed report with photos showing termite activity and termite damage (past or present) using a specialised thermal camera. From there, we will take proper measures for termite treatment and prevention.

If you have spotted even a single termite in your home or are concerned that they might be living undetected within your floors, walls, frames or foundations, get in touch with us for fast, reliable and affordable solutions today.