Home Builders.net.au Termites white-ants in Windsor Hawkesbury Region
 
  Home Builders when building a new home or ground level extensions must include a termite barrier in accordance with Building Code & Hawkesbury Council requirements. In addition, home builders often find active termites during renovations when walls are remodelled or demolished. 

Glenn DuBois of FUMAPEST Termite Control Hawkesbury • article on destructive termites in the Windsor Hawkesbury region - their identification - destructive nature - usual nest location sites.


Glenn DuBois is Technical Director at FUMAPEST • Secretary of Australian Pest Control Association • Master of Commerce UNSW • TAFE Urban Pest Control Certificate • served on the NSW Govt Pest Licensing Board & Standards Australia Termite Control Committees AS.3660 & AS.4349.

FUMAPEST Termite Control Hawkesbury has NSW Licence to install KORDON Termite Barrier in buildings during construction and advise builders and their clientele on what is required to properly protect the building from termites.


Destructive Termites • white-ants • in the Windsor Hawkesbury Region

Subterranean termites or "white-ants" are a fascinating yet highly destructive timber pest, causing major structural timber damage to domestic and commercial buildings in the Windsor Hawkesbury Region.
Termites are a serious economic pest in the Hawkesbury Council Region: We estimate about one quarter of all properties in the area will be seriously affected by subterranean termites. That's why virtually all sales of homes in the Windsor Hawkesbury Region are subject to a Timber Pest Inspection Report to AS.4349 as part of the Contract of Sale.
Most homes are at high risk in the Windsor Hawkesbury Region - particularly the medium to high density areas where well established gum trees are within a 100 metre radius of the building. The wide use of landscaping timbers and garden mulch also dramatically increases the risk. Many of the older style homes, built low to the ground, with poor ventilation, are ripe for subterranean termite attack and should be protected by Termite Preventive Barrier to AS.3660 using Termidor soil treatment termiticide.
PROPER IDENTIFICATION IS ESSENTIAL Some species of subterranean termites prefer to attack living trees and will not eat dry seasoned timbers in a building, whilst others can be are highly destructive to such buildings in a short amount of time.

Coptotermes acinaciformis - common in Windsor Hawkesbury Region particularly in built-up urban areas - under concrete on-ground flooring - areas where eucalypt gum trees are prevalent.
Highly Destructive - most widely distributed and destructive timber pest in the region - accounts for more than 70% of damage to buildings - a single colony may contain more than 1 million termites.
Nest Location - Coptotermes acinaciformis - very secretive termite species - build their nest out of sight, often within the base of eucalyptus or other susceptible trees, or completely under the ground - often within an enclosed patio or under concrete on ground flooring which is ideal for moisture retention, temperature and humidity control within the termite colony's central nest.

Schedorhinotermes intermedius - often found in Windsor Hawkesbury Region - they appear to gouge affected timber - soldiers contain a larger major 6mm length - minor soldier 4mm length.
Destructive Nature - Schedorhinotermes intermedius are highly destructive to buildings and other timber structures. If mostly major (larger) soldiers are sighted, it is most likely a large colony with the potential to cause severe and rapid damage to structural timbers of a building and timber structures.
Nest Location - Schedorhinotermes intermedius commonly build their nest in tree stumps, in the root crown of living, dead or debilitated trees, under houses or within enclosed patios or other areas where timber is buried or stored in contact with the soil.

Coptotermes frenchi - are found in the Windsor Hawkesbury Region - particularly in built-up urban areas, where homes and buildings are constructed of softwood or oregon timber framing.
Highly Destructive - causing severe damage to buildings and other wooden structures - often devouring timber framing leaving behind only a hollowed out thin veneer.
Nest Location - Identification - they often build their nest in root crown or lower trunk area of living trees, particularly eucalypts - may build their nest as a mound in dryer areas - Coptotermes frenchi is an extremely shy termite - they will retreat from a location immediately, if disturbed.- the soldiers have a pear shaped head compared to a somewhat rectangular head of Coptotermes acinaciformis.

Nasutitermes exitiosus are commonly found in the Windsor Hawkesbury Region and other areas of NSW - particularly in built-up urban areas or where eucalypt gum trees are highly prevalent.
Destructive Nature - Nasutitermes exitiosus are destructive to buildings and other timber structures. Sometimes severe damage may occur, but not so commonly as the other species listed above.
Nest Location - Nasutitermes exitiosus build a mound nest which protrudes 30cm to 75cm above ground. The observed nest can be treated with Termidor Termiticide for total colony elimination.

Coptotermes lacteus are found in the Windsor Hawkesbury Region and accross eastern NSW - particularly prevalent along the entire coast-line, along the Great Dividing Range and western slopes.
Destructive Nature - Coptotermes lacteus attacks stumps, dead trees, timber fences, poles and other timber structures that are in contact with the soil, being softened by weathering or decay. These termites are also known to attack such timber in damp sub-floor areas.
Nest Location - this termite species, most often builds it's nest as a mound up to 2m above ground level, with hard clay walls - to eradicate the colony - treat with Termidor Termiticide.

Nasutitermes walkeri are commonly found in the Windsor Hawkesbury Region and other coastal and mountain regions along the eastern side of NSW.
Nasutitermes walkeri can be destructive to damp timbers often a serious problem where the sub-floor of a building is damp and ventilation is poor with resulting wood decay or fungal growth.
Nest Location - Nasutitermes walkeri build a nest in trees on the main trunk or in fork of large branch.

Heterotermes ferox are commonly found in the Windsor Hawkesbury Region particularly where eucalypt gum trees and damp decaying timber are highly prevalent.

Prefers Damp Decaying Timbers -  usually encountered attacking posts, poles, paling fences, timber decking and flooring - wherever weathering and decay are present - sometimes may cause severe damage to sound timbers - often confused with the more destructive Coptotermes acinaciformis.


Nest Location & Identification - a multi-nester - small subterranean nests - near stumps, rotting wood or nests of other species - do not range far from nest - do not have extensive gallery systems - leave affected timber with mottled appearance - soldiers 3.5 to 7.5mm - with a long rectangular head - no obvious teeth on dark mandibles - display a peculiar shuffle backwards when confronted.

Dampwood Termites form small independent nests which often attack sick or dead trees, decaying stumps or mould timber in the ground; they are seldom found in dry timbers in buildings.

Drywood Termites occur mostly in tropical areas, where atmospheric humidity is constantly above 75 percent. The introduced and highly destructive West Indian drywood termite, Cryptotermes brevis, is rarely located in NSW, once in Sydney in the early 1980's. Specialist eradication procedures involve wrapping entire building in plastic and using methyl bromide fumigation.

Termites & Termite Control Services • Articles • PDF Links

Australian Termite Identification PDF - Australian Govt AQIS Publication
Builders Guide to Termite Management PDF 2004 - Master Builders Qld
Protect Your Home from Termites 2003 PDF - NSW Govt Dept of Fair Trading
Protect Buildings from Subterranean Termites 2006 PDF - Timber Qld Ltd
TERMIDOR Termite Control Soil Treatment Product PDF - BASF Australia Ltd
Termites in New South Wales 2005 PDF - NSW Govt Dept of Primary Industries
Termite Risk Management PDF - Aust Govt Forest & Wood Products Research
Termite Incidence Survey & Hazard Map 2002 PDF - CSIRO & FWPRDC Research
Termite Management Systems 2010 PDF - Building Services Authority Qld
Termite Control & Termiticide Health Hazards 2004 PDF - Aust Govt Dept of Health
Termite Baits & Termite Control in Buildings 2009 PDF - Qld Govt Publication
Subterranean Termites & Protection of Buildings 2009 PDF - Qld Govt Publication
Subterranean Termite Infestation in Buildings 2009 PDF - Qld Govt Publication
Urban Australian Cities under Termite Attack PDF - University of Qld et al
Drywood Termites & Termite Control in Buildings 2009 PDF - Qld Govt Publication
West Indian Drywood Termites 2008 PDF - NSW Govt Dept of Primary Industries

KORDON Termite Barrier • Articles • Links

Home Builders vs Termites - article on Avoiding Legal Liabilities
Kordon Termite Barrier - CSIRO Appraisal - Kordon Physical Termite Barrier System
Kordon Termite Barrier - Checklist - Builders Responsibility
Kordon Termite Barrier - Bayer Installation Manual
Kordon Termite Barrier - Product Safety Sheet
Kordon Termite Barrier - Installation - Concrete Slab - Bearers & Joists
Kordon Termite Barrier - Installation - External Perimeter
Kordon Termite Barrier - Example of Meter Box Sticker
Kordon Termite Barrier - Termites Fact Sheet - Biology & Distribution
Guide to Home Builders - Termite Issues - Australian Govt publication
Home Builders - Termite Control - Qld Building Services Authority
Australian Building Codes Board - Termite Control Requirements

About FUMAPEST Termite & Pest Control Hawkesbury ... our credentials

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  Same Family Business Since 1964FUMAPEST Termite & Pest Control is a second generation family business. After more than 50 years of providing pest control in Hawkesbury Council Region, we have a valuable reputation to protect and a wealth of knowledge and experience, unmatched by our competitors.
BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AWARDFUMAPEST Termite & Pest Control received a Business Enterprise Award from NSW Govt Office of Small Business & Qantas for development of its EcoSafe Pest Control systems.
APCA Consumer AdvisorFUMAPEST Termite & Pest Control is a major sponsor of the Australian Pest Control Association; regularly assisting APCA Secretariat in providing professional advice to consumers with pest control problems; pesticide safety issues; and pest control training courses in NSW.
Industry Stewardship • FUMAPEST Managing Director served on NSW Govt Pest Control Licensing Board and Standards Australia Committes for Termite Control AS3660 & Termite Inspection Reports AS4349.
Insurance DetailsFUMAPEST Termite & Pest Control maintains public liability and professional indemnity insurances to cover personal injury and faulty workmanship of up to $20 million and $1 million respectively.

WARNING: The NSW WorkCover Pest Control Licensing is INADEQUATE

 
 
 
Be Careful in selecting a Pest Controller • Unfortunately, it is far too easy to get a NSW Government WorkCover issued pest control licence and start up a Pest Control business in NSW with little knowledge or experience in providing safe and effective pest control services • click here for more details.
The NSW Pest Control Licensing system is subject to National Competency Assessment guidelines. Mediocre testing can be carried by Private Workplace Assessors (not part of TAFE system). The so called competency assessment can be a combination of oral, written and visual tests ie maybe 1% in writing.
Private Workplace Assessors are given general guidelines in the National Competency Standards but there is no set standard test or specific knowledge requirements. Once privately assessed as "competent" then the NSW WorkCover Pest Control Licensing will issue a pest control licence to the individual. There is no published list of Private Workplace Assessors so it is difficult to gauge the extent of the problem.
The System is Inadequate: Some Private Assessors offer a one week course. A person so issued with a pest control licence can set up a Pest Control business (not required to register with WorkCover) and employ an unlimited number of trainees, using pesticides in people's homes without direct personal supervision.
FUMAPEST Setting the Standard in an industry plagued by fly-by-night operators, FUMAPEST Termite & Pest Control stands out as a reputable pest control business with excellent reputation in the market-place.
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