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White ants

WHITE ANTS

White ants are small insects, similar shape, and size as ants.

Many Australians use the term white ants when they are describing termites.

White ants are close relatives of the cockroaches, and so are very different to ants.

white ants damage
In their natural environment, white ants usually start eating trees from the inside, you will not notice this until the tree falls over. Like most white ant /termite infestations in homes..., you usually don't see, hear or know that white ants are eating away your home when you look at a window- or doorframe, skirting or plasterboard wall.  Damage is usually not visible ....until extensive damage has been done.  
White ants

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)

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.

White ants

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 favorite 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.

flying white ants

Very Hungry and they DO fly!


Always on the lookout for new food sources, they specialize in finding the smallest entry points into a house, either underground or through the air.


Beware of any leaking /moisture areas inside, underneath or outside your house, this will attract white ants.

Subterranean white ants usually operate in the top 20cm of the soil, common entry points
into a building:
- weep holes
- little cracks in the concrete slab
- cracks in the grout covert by soil,
 - the moist area behind drainage pipes,
- behind/underneath hot water system
    - next to a dripping tap
- near leaking gutters / downpipes
etc, etc, etc.


If you are not sure if you are dealing with ants or 'white ants', always call a pest professional to verify and be sure;

We use specialized equipment like moisture meters, listening devices, thermal imaging, etc, etc.

Worth risking your biggest investment for a few dollars....???

white ants vs ant

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 ants

Characteristics

Each white ant infestation has its own characteristics depending on multiple environmental conditions.

For example:

- building design
- the size of the infestation
- white ant species
-old or new infestation
- breach of barrier or not
- location of infestation
- accessibility for treatment
-treatment options depending on
location and accessibility
- etc.


You understand that there are a few variables which we need to understand,
before we can explain to you exactly what the white ant treatment will involve.

We provide professional, effective low cost solutions. 

Professional service 

To prevent unnecessary damage and costs, using the latest tools and techniques, our treatments are aimed to be highly effective with the least chance of re-infestation.

By focussing on product reliability in combination with professional application techniques,  we are able  to keep the cost down and damage to a minimum.

Each white ant treatment is tailored to your particular needs. 

Unprofessional approaches often result in
scattering of the white ants throughout the rest of the property thereby creating even more damage and uncertainty. 

Make sure you have any activity within 25 meters of your home checked by a professional.  (They have found white ants looking for food up to 95 meters away from the nest).

White ants attack
white ants

NOT SURE?

Use our free termite check

 Live white ants/termites: 
We give you all the nessecary information, so you can make a well-informed decision.

Any cost and possible treatment methods will be explained in detail.  

Protection against future infestations
We will have a look at your home and give you free advise regarding your  options for professional  protection
 against white ants.
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This service is free of charge- no obligations.



White Ants facts


Of the 3,106 species known, only 183 species cause damage; 83 species cause significant damage to wooden structures.


Worldwide, damage caused by white ants is estimated at U.S $22 billion per annum in terms of damage to wooden structures.


More than 350 species of white ants have been recorded in Australia, of which 16 species have an economic impact.


It is estimated that 10% of Australian houses have had or will have termite infestations, with that figure rising to 65% in some areas (like in SouthEast Queensland) resulting per annum cost of $4 billion.


Subterranean white ants forage for food by means of covered runways (or galleries), which extend from the central nest to food sources above or below ground (up to 95m away) 


Reproductive white ants are winged and tend to swarm after summer rains to establish new colonies.


For 'older' houses, without termite protection, the potential for white ant damage is increased. The result of Australia’s previous reliance on the highly persistent organochlorines is that modern housing is quite susceptible to attack by termites, with termites entering buildings through weep holes, expansion joints, service ducts and cracks in brickwork which often extend several courses 


WHY NOT DISTURB WHITE ANTS?


A white ant queen produces from 2000 eggs to 25.000 eggs PER DAY!  (Click here to See video National GeographicWhen you kill a 100 or 1000 white ants, this will not kill the nest, but you disturb them.  They will move away from that particular area , knowing there is food, they leave trails of pheromones, it's very likely they will return sooner or later. 


White ants handy man

Getting rid of white ants  yourself


Some white ant species create sub-nest(s) in wall cavities, subfloors, roof void etc, other types do not. Some create extensive-, others just minor damage.

It takes a well-trained, experienced timber pest inspector years to provide clients with effective, least intrusive and safe solutions to resolve each infestation.

Effective white ant treatment and protection requires specialized equipment such as masonry drills, pumps, large-capacity tanks, and high-pressure soil injection rods.

Treatment of live white ant activity inside a property requires a trained professional with specialised tools. Effective eradication of the white ants requires dust-, foam- or liquid application depending on the conditions. This will minimize the risk of re-infestations and unnecessary damage.
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Unprofessional approaches often result in scattering of the white ants throughout the rest of the property resulting in even more damage, stress and costs.
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A typical termite barrier requires large quantities of termiticide, injected into the ground alongside the foundation, beneath concrete slabs, and/or within foundation walls.

In short, termite treatment is a job for professionals.

"Do-it-yourself" products, sold to homeowners at retail stores or bought over the internet usually end up with an even bigger problems and a huge repair bill.

WHITE ANT TREATMENT

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 needs different treatment.
So you'll need an experienced licensed timber pest inspector to eradicate them effectively.

DO I NEED AN INSPECTION?

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 to your budget.

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...

Most termite infestations are hidden. Termite signs usually only show when extensive damage is done. You will not see, hear or know if they are invading your home without the proper tools and knowledge. 
When was your last inspection ?

WHITE ANT BASICS

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.

Use less susceptible materials (no wood) to to form garden beds or retaining walls.

MOISTURE AND WHITE ANTS

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 drainage and ventilation should be checked to prevent excess water accumulating. High moisture levels may attract termites to your home.

Moisture is essential to termite(white ants) survival and a major attractant. Minimizing moisture from in and around the dwelling is half the termite prevention battle.

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

WHITE ANT INSPECTIONS

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 activity and recommendations will give you an adequate overview about the current state of your 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. Minimizing moisture from in and around the dwelling is half the termite prevention battle.