Myths and Facts
Myths & Facts
Myth: Termites can be eliminated by spraying the ground and any other surfaces.
Truth: Termites live in colonies and can be easily detected. Termites can only be eliminated by killing this colony. Anything less is just a ‘band aid’.
Myth: Spraying termites where they are feeding will eliminate the problem.
Truth: Spraying termites where they are feeding will help to eliminate the problem, but unless the main colony is found and treated the infestation is only suppressed not purged.
Myth: One or two traps near your home is adequate.
Truth: Termites can come at your home from any direction, one or two traps would leave your home vunerable. When termites get with in 2.5 metres of an attractant (the trap) they will smell it and source it for food. By using a large timber source of the correct timber traps can be placed 4-5 metres apart.
Myth: If you find termites in a tree, you’ve found their colony.
Truth: In the southern ends of Australia for the coptotermes species CSIRO research found that termites usually establish their nest in a tree but do not use it as a food source. They travel out approx 100 metres from the nest (sometimes further) to gather food. If the tree is being badly eaten more than likely its just a food source.
Myth: Termites can be detected in a tree by using a camera.
Truth: Termites cannot be detected in a tree by using a camera because they usually surround themselves in mud, so the camera lens won’t see them. A temperature probe will reveal their presence.
“After discovering that white ants were destroying our floorboards and a number of doorways in our home, we contacted three conventional businesses for advice and quotes on the appropriate treatment.
We were quoted $3,000 for the sentricon system which led us to inquire further and it was suggested we discuss our problems with SA Pest Free Naturally.
Robert Cameron was quick to respond and we had a confidence in him that we did not have with other companies. He injected nematodes into the affected areas which destroyed the white ants within a matter of days and he also set up nematerm lures in the garden and two bait boxes to track down the nest.
He kept a check on the system over the ensuing months and when one of the bait boxes was teeming with white ants this was treated to eliminate the nest.
We have paid less than a third of the cost of the sentricon system.
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Kathy and Mike Royans,