Article by Bruce Gow
Termite Removal for Suburban Australian Homes
What’s involved in termite removal?
There are a number of approaches to termite removal. Which method of termite removal is appropriate for you home or property will, in part, depend upon the species of termite involved in the infestation, the location of the termites, and the severity of the problem.
How is this achieved? A common approach to subterranean termite removal is dusting in the infested area (or using baiting boxes to attract and dust the termites) with a termite removal product that won’t immediately kill off the termites upon contact – instead, the termites carry the poison back to the colony. This method of termite removal can be highly successful thanks to the termites’ grooming habits, and the fact that when the infected termites begin to die, other termites eat them, also ingesting the poison.
This termite removal strategy is often combined with placing a chemical barrier in the soil around the home. Modern chemical barrier products perform a similar function – the termites cannot detect the chemical so rather than avoid the barrier, they cross through it, picking up the poison and returning it to the colony. The termite removal is gradually accomplished and the termite colony is reduced or eliminated.
Can termite removal be done by the home owner?
Termite removal should always be undertaken by a professional. Not only are termites difficult to locate, but some chemicals commonly used for termite removal can only be applied by a licensed pest controller. If you require termite removal services, contact your local termite control expert for advice.