Termites have been a natural part of the ecosystem on earth
for more than 150 million years.Although commonly called
‘white ants’, they are not ants and in fact, are more closely
related to cockroaches.
Australia has over 300 species of termite, however only about 15 of these species attack the timber in our homes and commercial properties. The rest are mainly grass feeders.
Termites can be roughly divided into 3 groups: dampwood, drywood and subterranean.
Dampwood termites generally feed on moist rotten logs on
the forest floor and rarely cause a nuisance to humans.
Drywood termites live in small pockets in the dead wood of
trees and timber in houses.They obtain their moisture from
the timber they eat and require no contact with the soil.
Subterranean termites are generally ground-dwelling and
require soil contact or some external source of moisture.
Subterranean termites cause the most damage to timber
in homes and commercial properties in Australia