Termite Questions?

I have termites in my house, what do I do?

First, do not panic. Although termites can cause severe damage, they work slowly. Your house will not collapse overnight. Once your have discovered termites don’t disturb them. This helps with identification of the species. Termites which have been undisturbed can be dusted to eliminate the nest. Contact our termite specialists to get a free quote and assessment today.

What Can I Do To Protect My House from Termites?

AMAC Termite Specialists are based in North Brisbane and are trained termite inspectors who can inspect your home and identify active or previously active colonies any time of the year. View our termite inspection service areas here.
To ensure that your are protecting one of your most valuable assets - your home, contact AMAC Termite Specialits North Brisbane and we will organise for one of our expert termite control inspectors to undertake a full pest control and termite inspection for you to provide you with peace of mind.

My Neighbour has termites in their house. Will I get termites?

If your neighbours’ house has termites, this does not mean your house will have them. However it is not unusual for after a termite treatment that an adjoining house will be infested. It does mean that your house is at above average risk of a termite infestation. It is a good idea to have your home inspected periodically and to keep your termite treatment up to date.

When is Most Termite Damage Done?

It takes a number of years for a termite colony to fully mature and then it has enough termites to infest houses and cause some major damage. However, if a colony is undetected or uncontrolled, the amount of damage that the colony can cause will increase significantly as it continues to grow its number of worker termites.
Therefore, it is best to try to control any termite infestations by organising a termite inspection or full pest inspection before a colony fully matures and protect your premises from major damage. Contact AMAC Termite Specialists, Brisbane Northside today for a professional termite inspection or termite treatment.

How do I tell the difference between termites and ants?

Physical differences between the two groups are often subtle, but there are characteristics that easily distinguish the two groups. The main differences between ants and termites are ants have a constriction of the abdomen between the thorax and the rest of the abdomen while termites are broadly joined between the thorax and abdomen. In other words, ants have a narrow or pinched waist and termites do not. The front and hind wings of termites are approximately equal in size while the hind wings of ants are much smaller than their front wings. The antennae of ants are elbowed after the first two segments. Termite antennae are not elbowed but appear like a string of beads. Find out more on the different Termite Species.


Will I Find Termites In My House In Winter?

Whilst not as common, finding termites in the winter time inside your home is still possible. If you have subterranean and dry-wood termites that have managed to find shelter and food in the foundations or internal walls of your home, these termites will not be as affected by the winter outdoor temperatures because they have the protection of your house. View the different types of termites found in Brisbane Northern Suburbs here.
In Brisbane and throughout most of Queensland we typically don't get many cold weeks of the year and our winter is short, so termite activity remains a problem all year round and should be taken seriously. If you need to organise a termite inspection Brisbane North, contact AMAC Termite Specialists, North Brisbane today.

My house is only new, could I get termites?

Many houses have remained termite free for years while some new houses get termites in just a few months. Our business has treated numerous building under five years old that have been infested with termites. If your house has a termite infestation shortly after it has been built it could be due to many reasons such as construction techniques, landscaping, plants and shrubs, moisture leaks and renovations.

What is Termidor Termite Treatment?

Termidor is a non-repellent treated zone. This means that it allows termites to enter and therefore kills them more efficiently. Termidor is undetectable to termites and it binds to their cuticles. Shortly after this the termite dies. Any termites it comes into contact also are affected and die due  to the unique Transfer Effect of Termidor. This means that termites that do not come in direct contact with the treated zone also die.

"Extensive testing with Termidor under Australian conditions where termites were present in the structure showed control within nine weeks, with an average of 4.3 weeks to achieve control. However, not only will Termidor kill termites that are present, it will also prevent concealed entry to structure for a minimum period of 8 years for ALL TERMITE SPECIES - a claim no other termite control product can make."

Read more on AMAC Termite Specialists Termidor Termite Treatments.

I have heard that if I find ants around my house, I won’t get termites. Is this correct?

No, there is no correlation between the two. While both will favour similar habitats, such as mulch beds, wood piles, etc., they are mortal enemies of one another, and finding one does not mean that the other is soon to follow.

What is the TermX Replenishment System?

The TermX Replenishment System has been designed by Australians to suit the harsh Australian conditions and termite pressures. It has been extensively tested to offer long term termite management and prevention.

The TermX Replenishment System is a specially designed pipe system that once buried under ground, either around the perimeter of a structure or under a slab prior to construction, is used to apply termiticide chemical under pressure to saturate the soil medium surrounding a structure.

Read more from AMAC Termite Specialists on the TermX Replenishment System.

How do subterranean termites get into a house?

Very easily. All they need is an opening 4.0mm wide. They may enter directly from the soil, or they may build airtight tubes leading from their colony in the soil to the wood of your house. They usually commute daily between the wood and their colony.

Where Can I Buy Termidor in Australia?

If you are asking where can i buy termidor in australia AMAC Termite Specialists can help.

For the best termite treatment brisbane contact AMAC Termite Specialists.

Are baits better or worse than conventional termicide treatment to the soil?

Termite baits are a new technology for termite control. If installed, monitored and maintained correctly, baits can be used as another tool to control termites. Whether or not they work better than liquid treatments to soil, is hard to say. Liquid treatments to soil are used to kill termites quickly and to create a barrier to prevent entry or re-entry into a structure. Liquid termiticides give quicker results, than baits, even when compared with the newer non-repellent termiticides that are available. Baits on the other hand, can take from a few months to 1 or 2 years to control termites. It depends on how long it takes the termites to find the bait stations. Some advantages for bait technology are they can be installed in a short amount of time, its less intrusive, and if you want a limited amount of pesticide applied in or around your home, baits might be your control method of choice.

What Areas Does AMAC Service for Pest Control and Termite Treatments?

AMAC Termite Specialists undertake termite inspections and pest control treatments across Brisbane North including the following service areas:

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Contact AMAC for all pest control and termite control treatments on Brisbane Northside.

If I put mulch in the flowerbeds against my house, will it attract termites?

Any source of cellulose would be attractive to termites. Damp conditions under layers of mulch are ideal habitat for termites. Landscape mulch should be used sparingly and care should be taken not to place mulch against wood siding, window sills or door thresholds.

Our house was treated just a few years ago. Why do we have termites again?

When a chemically is applied professionally, and to manufacturers specification by an experienced licensed termite technician, it should give you control for at least five years. If the house was not treated to the above specifications or the barrier was disturbed.

Termites foraging in the soil may find an opening in the barrier allowing termites entry into your house. It is necessary to follow the contract provided by your termite technician and if you are unsure about renovations and landscaping contact your termite specialist.

How often should I have my house inspected for pests?

 An annual inspection is the safest solution, this way we get to detect, treat and prevent pests from gaining control. 

Common Misconceptions: I have heard that if I find black ants around my house, I won’t get termites

No, there is no correlation between the two. While both will favour similar habitats, such as mulch beds, wood piles, moist timber etc., they are mortal enemies of one another, finding black ants does not mean termites will not be present in the timber structure.

Common Misconceptions: My house is only new, I won’t get termites

Many houses have remained termite free for years while some new houses get termites within a few years. Our business has treated numerous pine framed homes, less than ten years old that have been infested with termites. If your house has a termite infestation within a few years of it being built, it may be due to many reasons such as construction techniques, landscaping, moisture leaks and renovations, or the previous treatment has expired.

Common Misconceptions: A Termite Inspection will prevent my home from getting termites?

A termite inspection is confined to reporting on the discovery, or non discovery, of infestation and/or damage caused by subterranean and dampwood termites (white ants), present on the date of the inspection. The inspector cannot see inside areas that are concealed or obstructed. A termite inspection does not guarantee your home from getting a future infestation of termites.

Are Termites Still Active in the Winter Months?

The short answer is YES termites are still active in the winter months!
While most people have the view that termites are only active in summer, unfortunately this is not always the case. Termites do remain active all year round, even during the colder winter months. 
In colder regions and climates, and at certain times of the year, subterranean termites typically migrate deeper into the ground during the cold season to protect themselves with the warmth from the ground that they need to survive.
These termites tend not to cause as much damage because they are below the ground's surface and less active in the infrastructures of our dwellings. However, subterranean worker termites will stay close to their nests during the winter and will remain active (although not quite as active as during the warmer months).

When Do Termites Appear?

Many people are of the belief  that the prime time for termite season is in summer or when termites are known to appear in swarms.

However, termites that have infested a house, whether that be in winter or summer, can cause damage at any time, regardless of the weather conditions, the time of year, or presence of swarming termites.

Most species of subterranean termites tend to swarm during the spring and summer months. Dry-wood termites typically swarm during the late summer or autumn months.

How do I know if I actually have termites in my house?

Swarming termites or Alates inside your house are a sure sign. Window sills and door frames should be checked for damage. Mud tubes on walls, along baseboards or in cracks and crevices indicate termites. It may be necessary to open small holes in sheetrock to see termite tubes on wall studs.

How Long Is A Typical Termite Season?

A termite season can be endless because termites can be active all year round. There is no real set length of time, or peak time for a termite season.
In colder places, termites are generally less active during the winter than the summer months. However, the warmth and of a home by infesting the internal structure of a home, and consistent temperatures inside a house, can provide enough protection to keep termites comfortable and warm which means that they can remain active at any time.

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