While termites have been known as white ants, they aren’t the same. They still belong to the isopteran family, but there are over 1,800 species of termite. All of them feed off wooden materials and prefer dead wood when possible. Many homes in Australia were built with wood or have wood inside. Therefore, you can see how problematic these insects can be if they’re not caught in time and prevented.
While there are many natural and store-bought options to help control termites, they rarely work. The use of insecticides and pesticides must be done by a licensed professional, such as RIP. Unless you are an exterminator by trade, you may not be able to get your hands on these products and can risk fines and jail time if caught using them without permission.
Pesticides are primarily the go-to option for most professionals because they work. They are sprayed into the diseased wood, but can also be sprayed into the soil and ground. Likewise, gels and other chemicals can be used to coat the inside of the wood so that termites who eat will die.
While not the preferred method of treatment, fumigation is best for severe cases of termites. Most homeowners and professionals dislike using it because it’s expensive and requires that the whole house be tented and sprayed.
Heat treatments and freezing can work well, especially when the colony is still small or only infested one area of the home.
Microwave rays can be used for small areas, such as a wall, door or window.
Because termites are so hard to get rid of, it’s essential that you choose a professional who’s qualified to handle these pests. You don’t want to risk your home being eaten away from you, as well as injury and illness.