We were recently called out to a business that had been set up in a 2 story Queenslander house. The owner suspected there was possibly some termite activity on the lower floor, in an area where they were storing files.
Upon inspection, we discovered that there were indeed termites present within the house, but we located extensive damage and activity in more places than the customer had expected.
The termites had gained entry through a slab joint, and were eating the pine shelving. They had moved into an old vacuum cleaner box, with the vacuum cleaner still in the box! The termites had also ‘mudded’ (dirt/mud trail tubes the termites build to travel through) around an old stereo cord, and damaged most of the pine shelving in the storage area.
The client was very lucky we located and treated the activity when we did, as the termites were tracking up and were very close to getting into the top level floor boards.
Once we had located all the activity, we treated the termites and gave it time to take effect. We returned 3 weeks later to find that the initial treatment had been completely successful, and that all termites had been killed off.
With the activity taken care of, all damage can then be repaired and steps taken to ensure this doesn’t happen again, with a professional barrier treatment.
On a personal note, I find that every job where termites are involved is always an eye opener for me. Termites always amaze me, the lengths they go to and areas we find them in surprises me every day. They truly are a very unique pest.
If you have timber in your home, an annual timber pest inspection is highly recommended. Termites are masters at hiding their activity, and the damage they cause can be incredibly costly to any business or home owner.
To arrange a timber pest inspection for your home, call us today on 1300 845 325