Subterranean Termites can cause major damage to timber structures and are often found in the frame and roof structures of Queensland homes. They are known to cause more damage to buildings than fire, floods and storms. Termites can cause major structural damage in as little as 3 months if they have favourable conditions such as dark quiet areas and access to moisture usually from leaking shower recess, pipes, roofs and guttering and inadequately drained water tanks, air-conditioning units and hot water systems.
Subterranean termites need a source of moisture which means they often have to travel between the inside of a building that they are feeding on and the outside surrounding gardens for moisture contact. Because of their thin skin they must remain inside their mud tubes and nest, which is moist, to prevent them from drying out and dying. These mud tubes can be found leading into buildings which then let the occupants know they have termite issues.
If mud tubes or mudding from termites are found, it is important not to disturb them. Termites are very shy insects and may vacate an area for a short time if disturbed. A Termite specialist can identify the specie and begin to locate the nest or apply the correct chemical treatment to begin eradication of a nearby nest.
Termites spread across areas during warmer weather when the winged termites take flight to colonise. Once a suitable site is found, the new mating pair can eventually produce as many as 1000 eggs per day.
Termite nests can be found in several places relating to the species. Common areas include ground nest at the base of trees, in trees or on fence posts and man made structures.