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.
I recently discovered white ants infesting a localised area (I thought) in one room against an outer brick wall. Then neighbours informed me that they had found white ants in an old dead tree trunk close to the fence line. Friends recommended Termite Free Naturally, I liked the sound of them because I do not want to be breathing chemicals or have damage to wooden floors, but must admit I was doubtful about the effectiveness of these methods. Within a few minutes of their arrival I felt totally relieved that my problem was in the hands of professionals who knew exactly what to look for. They were friendly and informative, and based their methods on a knowledge of the termites’ life cycle and behaviour. As well as my house, they searched my property and immediate neighbours’ properties, also street trees within several houses on both sides of my corner block, and found the main nest which they treated. They put several bait traps where they found evidence in my house for later testing, plus installed permanent bait traps around the oustside of my house. They have made appointments and inspected when they said they would, and I have signed up for ongoing inspections as it has relieved me of the worry.
Rae Marnham, Henley Beach