One of our service technicians was recently called to a home in Caboolture after a local resident noticed some termite activity on a fence post and palm tree in their backyard. Upon inspection, the technician discovered two large termite nests (Microtermes) in the top of the palm tree, with leads running from the base of the tree and up 4 metres into the foliage.
Palm trees have aggressive root systems and hold lots of moisture, which makes them an ideal environment for termites. While the timber in a live palm tree is not exactly what a termite is after for food, they offer an ideal nesting place. As these palm trees were quite close to the house, they presented a very large risk in allowing the termites access to the home itself. This is one reason why it is very important to ensure that there are no gardens within about a meter of any structure.
How did we treat these termites?
This was quite a delicate job. After injecting all of the termite leads (the mud trails you can see on the outside of the palm tree) with a special termiticide compound, we dug a trench around base of the palm tree and applied more of the termiticide via a hand spray. By treating the leads and surrounding the base of the tree with the compund, the termites were unable to get to their food source.
This termiticide works by transferring from each termite that comes into contact with it to the rest of the colony. As termites are a very social insect, they spread the treatment throughout the nest, killing all termites that come into contact with it. This makes the termiticide an extremely safe and effective solution.
The all important follow up visit
Part of our treatment for termites includes having us come back to check the effectiveness of the treatment, and to do any retreating that may be required, until we are sure the problem is resolved. ‘Guaranteed Gone’ is our commitment to you – if they come back, so do we!
On the three week follow up visit we found that all of the leads had dried up, as the termites were no longer able to reach their food source. With the termites essentially locked in the nest, kookaburras had also feasted on them. We knocked the nest down from the tree and found a small number of termites remaining behind the nest, slowly dying from lack of food and the effects of the treatment, which we took care of to finish the job.
It’s important to realise from this that termites are still active in winter! To ensure that your home is free from these dangerous pests, annual timber pest inspections, which not only check the structure but also the surrounding yard, are incredibly important.
What if you have suspect you might have termites?
First thing is: leave them alone! If you attempt to kill them with bug spray, or dig through the dirt or open up a wall to find them, you risk causing them to begin to hide, making them much harder to find and treat successfully.
Call us immediately here at Amalgamated Pest Control, and we will be out to take care of the problem for you. We are the experts in treating your termite problem the right way.