Termite Control Melbourne
At Pest Shield, we provide complete termite management strategies, ranging from Termite Inspections through to an ongoing TermiShield management plan which ensures the safety of your property and your peace of mind. We conduct expert Termite Inspections, Termite Risk Assessments, and install Termite Chemical Barriers as well as Termite Baiting and Monitoring Systems.
Our strategies are all designed to eliminate the colony by using the methods mentioned above and employing only the highest quality termiticides and termite baits.
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The most destructive termite in the Australia region is the Coptotermes species. In Melbourne they can nest almost anywhere. These termites are mostly a single site nester, however they can build secondary nests within buildings that may survive for years isolated from the ground. They love to establish colonies within the root crown of a tree, often with no visible evidence from the outside, but their nests can also be located high up in the trunk of a tree many metres off the ground.
Coptotermes species termite colonies can also survive the removal of the tree and quite often remain completely buried in the ground for decades. Old stone fruit orchards that are re-developed can be particularly bad, with a termite colony left behind where each tree was located. Often the site where a tree has been removed and the stump ground out, is perfect for these termites to form a colony, the winged reproductives can land in the mulch and easily start a new nest.
Coptotermes species will also establish colonies within buildings wherever moisture and hardwood are found. Old buildings with hardwood storey posts or hardwood header beams above windows and doors are particularly vulnerable. These termites are also commonly found in timber retaining walls, fence posts and power poles. Coptotermes species termites are commonly transported from one site to another in hardwood sleepers. Pestforce has been called upon to deal with several infestations that have been transported to New Zealand in hardwood timber sleepers and power poles.
Coptotermes species colonies are also commonly located in voids under concrete slabs. Voids under suspended slabs with timber forming work are particularly favoured, and builders do often forget to remove forming work or leave access to these voids, so they become moist and a perfect place for termites to establish a nest. Because the colony can be directly under a building and contain so many individuals, massive amounts of damage can be caused within a very short time.
The Schedorhinotermes species of termites are also commonly found in trees. Unlike the Coptotermes species they are a multi-site nester, so often when a colony is found it can have multiple satellite colonies that can operate independently if the main nests dies. This species of termite is becoming more common in the Melbourne region because of the increased use of mulch in gardens. Schedorhinotermes species can construct a colony anywhere in the ground, they build nests in retaining walls, compost heaps or even timber mulch used in garden beds. Individual colonies can have multiple queens within the nest or nests, and can readily replace the queen should she die, as immature termites can develop into reproductives and take over the job of the king or queen.
Nasutitermes are generally considered to be a species of termites that doesn’t cause as mush structural damage to timber in service, but given the right amount of time and circumstances, they can do a large amount of damage to a building.
Nasutitermes are known as termites that make their nests above ground and on the outside of trees. The soldiers have black pointy shaped heads that almost looks beak like. They are quite a fast working termite and if found in homes, should be treated immediately.