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White Ants

Are White Ants Destroying Your Home?


‘White ants’, more correctly called termites, are a serious pest in Australia. They have the capacity to create thousands of dollars worth of damage in a matter or weeks or destroy an entire roof structure in as little as three months. Removing the roof and re-building the roof structure of a home is a very costly affair, and if damage has also occurred to the walls or floor of the home, the repair cost would be astronomical. And as you might suspect, damage caused by termites isn’t covered by insurance – it’s preventable.

White-ants aren’t actually ants at all. They’re more closely related to cockroaches however, because they look like little pale coloured ants, many people refer to them as white ants. Whether you call them white-ants or termites the amount of damage they can do remains the same!

Are you sure you don’t have have them?

White ants present little evidence of their presence to the untrained eye. They eat through wood from the inside out so a colony of white ants can be busy at work without being seen.
There are many things you can do to help prevent these home-gobbling pests from attacking your most valuable possession. For a start, you can make your home less inviting as they are quite fussy when it comes to food and their environment. You can:
  • Ensure you don’t have vegetation growing up against your house;
  • Keep the area under your home and your roof space well ventilated as termies and other pests like dampness and humidity;
  • Repair leaks quickly – white ants like to have a source of water too;
  • If you use timber for structures or retaining walls in your garden, ensure you choose termite resistant timers, or timber that has been treated to deter termites.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do is ensure that you have regular inspections to detect the presence of timber destroyng pests in your home, or their activity level around your home. The CSIRO website suggests having an annual inspection and increasing that to twice a year if you live in a warm climate area in Australia.

When white ants damage a home the financial cost can be devastating. Having a pest control expert inspect your home, suggest white ant prevention strategies, and treat any infestations early are inexpensive ways to protect your home.

“White ants are a pretty serious problem, I’d personally encourage you to seek professional assistance if you suspect you have a white ant infestation. Trying to take care of it yourself can result in startling the white ants and prompting them to spread. Give us a call for peace of mind and we can take it from there.” – Bruce Gow from A1 Pest Control, 0417 251 911

"We first used A1 Pest Control a few years ago when we noticed a few termites under a wine barrell in the rear yard of our home. We asked A1 Pest Control Sydney to pay us a visit to have a thorough termite inspection of our home. Bruce and his crew were on time, and very well presented. They explained how they would get rid of the termite infestation using a low toxic method and how their Thermal cameras worked, It worked very well and now we can sleep at night!"
Gary and Carol Harman
"We have been using Bruce form A1 Pest Control for over 4 years now. We bought our new house on the Hills Area, and moved in. our neighbours had problem with rodents and spiders so they are using A1 next door. I asked them if they could come over and treat our house too, as i didn't want to chase pest around our home. The service was not only effective, but carried out without any smelly fumes that we have experienced in our last house. They solved problem next door and I haven't seen a bug since."
Melissa Topper
"A1 Pest Control exterminators where great! I'm very happy to say that they solved a bed bug problem that I had after we had visitors from overseas visit us. I would recommend A1 Pest Control to anyone needing a safe and effective treatment of bed bugs"
Amanda Wu
"Bruce solved our commercial pest control problem in Castle Hill. Cockroaches were throughout our factory and they were completely gone after two visits from his exterminators. Just seeing one cockroach can lose us clients. I know now everyhing is ok, and our reputation is intact"
Raj Beri, Europa International
"Bruce from A1 Help us get rid of a bad spider infestation that have been troubling us for a while. It was done with low toxic spray and his crew even game me some cockroach and ant baits to get rid of them. I have recommended A1 to all my friends and family"
Carmel Thomas
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