White ants are small insects, similar shape and size as ants.
Many Australians use the term white ant when they are describing termites.
White ants are close relatives of the cockroaches, and so are very different to ants.
White ants are termites
Just found white ants?
Not sure if you just found white ant damage or wood rot?
Use our free call-out service; fast, simple and cost effective professional advise.
In the event of live white ant activity, we explain what the options are and possible cost involved.
There are many different types of white ants, each with different habits.
Some create subnest(s) in wall voids, subfloors and roofvoid etc, other types don't. Some white ants are very destructive others not.
Different types of termite infestations therefore need an individually tailored treatment.
Unprofessional approaches often result in scattering of the white ants throughout the rest of the
property thereby creating even more damage and uncertainty.
There is no single treatment which will solve all infestations.
Did you know...
Termites easily travel 50 meters underground to find new food sources.
Australians believe a termite infestation would decrease the value of a home by more than 20%
According the CSIRO there is in Queenslannd a termite nest within 25 meters of every house.
WHEN YOU FIND WHITE ANTS, DO NOT DISTURB THEM
Why not disturb them?
A white ant queen produces from 2000 eggs to 25.000 eggs PER DAY! (video on the right)
When you kill maybe 100 or 1000 termites, this will not kill the nest, but you only disturb them. They know there is food in the area, they leave trails of pheromones, so the will be back.
White ant protection
If you are interested in protecting your house against future infestations,
just ask our fully qualified timber pest technician what the options are during the free termite check.
This service we provide FREE OF CHARGE, NO OBLIGATIONS!
White ants signs
White ants are prevalent in subtropical Queensland, and
are the major cause of damage to any wooden structures inside and outside our homes.
First signs people usually find are little holes in plasterboard, hollow window or door frames, black/wet spots in ceiling or wall area.
White ants can cause extensive damage to the structure of homes and buildings,
they attack any cellulose containing items including fixtures, fittings and for example floor coverings.
Often for periods up to 18 months whtite ants might be active in concealed areas and not be visible.
By then we often find extensive (structural) damage inside the wall voids.
White ants are well organised.
A typical white ants colony contains nymphs, workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals of both genders,
sometimes containing several egg-laying queens.
Producing up to 30.000 new termites per DAY! (have a look at National Geographic video on the right)
Together these millions of little creatures are able to achieve great things;
building big structures above or below the surface, hollowing huge trees, moving vast amounts of soil,
White ants in soil
Eating any stored items in or around your house made out of cellulose.
When showing signs of fungal decay, this can include your treated fence, retaining walls and/or any other decorative timbers lying around in the garden, next-, in- or underneath your house, these areas become a food source for termites and will attract them.
Usually wooden items start to show the first signs of fungal decay, have a higher moist content than their surroundings and give direct (concealed) access.
When you find white ants in your garden, for example underneath a retaining wall, tree stump or plant pot, do not disturb them, because this will only spread them out over a larger area.
Give us a call and we will professionally get rid of them, so you do not have to worry about it anymore.
Some white ants facts:
White ants are attracted to moist, dark areas in houses.
Examples are cavity walls, bathroom cabinets or any other wooden structure in or near moist areas.
A large nest may contain several million termites with thousands added each day by the queen.
The average worker/soldier lives for up to four years.
A white ants favourite substance of food is cellulose, found in most wood and paper products including grass and debris.
Worker and soldier termites are blind and work 24 hours a day.
White ants can squeeze through gaps as small as 1mm.
All white ants need to live in a high humidity environment and establish themselves around moisture prone areas for the colony to survive. They have thin skin which must not dry out, or the termite will die.
White ants can also attack carpets, some plastics and even electrical cabling. Once inside, they often start with the bottom plate inside the wall voids.
Very hungry and they DO fly!
(into roofvoid, over barrier, etc)
Always on the lookout for new food sources, they specialise in finding the smallest entry points into a house, either underground or through air.
Beware of any leaking /moisture areas inside, underneath or outside your house, this will attract white ants.
Subterranean white ansts usually operate in the top 20cm of the soil, common entry points into a building:
Different types, different habits
Just like the huge variations you seen in the ants, white ants are similarly diverse with lots of different life styles.
Different types of termites have different habits, this is important from the perspective of controlling white ants.
To be able to give you adequate advise and do a professional job, our licensed timber pest inspectors will always try to identify the exact genus of the white ants.
Because people often panic, they unfortunately disturb termite attacks into their property. This usually results in white ants attacking the property from all different directions.
White ant inspection
If any white ant activity / damage is present within 50 meters of your property, it is strongly recommended to have a professional look at it.
DO NOT DISTURB THEM
Our fully licensed timber pest (termite) inspectors will be able to provide detailed information about the extent of the infestation as well as the possible options for eradicating the termites and protecting your property against future infestations.
White ants are termites!
White ant treatment
Eating from the inside out, termite damage can be substantial by the time it is detected.
1) Do not disturb them. In this way we can treat them in the most effective way
2) Don't panic, just call a licensed Timber Pest inspector call 0477 055 044.
3) If you find termites/white ants, they probably have been there for a longer time. So do not spray or disturb them, this will just scatter them over a larger area.
4) A termite queen can lay up to 25.000 eggs PER DAY, there are many different types of termites. Different behaviour need different treatment.
So you'll need a experienced licensed timber pest inspector to eradicate them effectively.
White ants on the Gold Coast
You found termites, often they are not only at the place where you found them.
Often a termite inspection is required to find out exactly which part of the property is infested.
On the basis of this information we will give you detailed proposal and treatment plan to eradicate the termites
We will also provide you with information how to protect your property against future termite attacks
Being completely independent, we are able to give you advise which is most effective according your budget.
Recent examples of what white ants can do...
Last termite inspection 3 years ago.... click here
White ant inspection
White ant invasions are very frustrating, costly, damaging, and downright devastating.
Because of the destructive nature of termites, we will always prioritise appointments for termite inspections, usually within 48 hours we will be inspecting your property.
A thorough timber pest inspection for an average house including sub-floor and/or roof void takes about 1.5 to 3 hours.
After an inspection you want to know in detail what is going on in- and around your property.
Every wall, every void, inside and outside needs to be inspected.
Our technicians will/can use state-of-the-art thermal imaging equipment, listening devices, moisture meters, etc. at NO EXTRA COST. These tools are there to facilitate professional white ant removal.
After this our fully government licensed timber pest inspector writes a detailed report which most of our clients use as a checklist to reduce the risk of a termite attack in- and around the property.
We use state-of-the-art termite inspection/detection equipment (including thermal imaging) to effectively detect any termite activity in your home and to look for white ants signs.Click here for more info
The inspection reports includes:
White ant activity
White ant workings and damage
White ant nests
Moisture areas; drainage problems & water leaks
Suspected trees and stumps
Recommendations how to resolve any found issues
Our thorough inspections result in reports which are understandable for everybody
with lots of photographs, recommendations and findings.
call us any time, incl. week-end. (office OPEN TILL 9 PM !)
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Each year we spend hundreds of dollars on car insurance, home insurance, contents insurance and health insurance.
Unfortunately, many people tend to ignore to protect their home against termite(white ants) infestation or to invest in a termite protection system. White ant protection is a lot easier than any cure and certainly a lot less costly.
We offer affordable termite protection, which may save you thousands of dollars in damage bills.
What not to do In White ant protection(white ants):
When you find them, do not disturb them. White ants are needed alive to allow a more effective treatment.
Do not spray the area with insecticide or any other product
Any cellulose based materials (wooden piles, wooden articles, cardboard boxes etc.) should not be stored in direct ground contact or underneath houses.
These materials provide termites with an excellent food source and, in some cases may assist in creating an entry point for termites into your home.
Do not have gardens, trees, plants, mulch or bark too close to the perimeter (walls) of your home. To avoid conducive conditions for timber pest,
a clearance of at least 300mm should be allowed. This also makes termite protection(white ants) an easier task.
Any circumstances that may create high moisture (leaking taps, showers, air-conditioning or hot water overflows, etc.)
be taken care of as soon as possible to minimize conducive conditions for timber pest. Any effective termites treatment in these areas can only be done when these moisture problems are fixed,
otherwise the moisture will wash away the Termiticide.
Subfloor ventilation should be adequate. White ants like moist. Check for moisture on a regular basis and make sure there is enough ventilation under the house.
Subfloor drainage should be checked to prevent excess water accumulating. High moisture levels may attract termites to your home.
Use less susceptible materials (no wood) to to form garden beds or retaining walls.
White ant inspections should be carried out as a minimum every 12 months, or in high-risk areas,
it may be suggested that more frequent termite inspections are necessary.(every 3 or 6 months) A termite protection system is always highly recommended.
A full written White ant inspection report regarding any white ants activety and recommendations will give you a adequate overview about
the current state of you property regarding any timber pest activity, conducive conditions and recommendation to improve any problem areas.
All this will assist in White ant prevention and White ant control.
Moisture is essential to termite(white ants) survival and a major attractant. Minimising moisture from in and around the dwelling is half the termite prevention battle.
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