TERMITE FAQS

Answering all your termite questions

Subterranean termites are the ones most commonly seen in homes, and are a similar size to a black ant except they are pale in colour, which is why they’re often called “white ants”. If you look closely, termites have two sections to their body while ants have three.

Soldier termites have a slightly darkened, or brown, head. You will also see termites with wings, called alates. Often mistaken for moths, the alates fly out from the colony in search of a new environment where they reproduce and create a new colony.

Subterranean termites are the only termite families found in Australia.

Yes, termites are often referred to as white ants, although the term “termites” is more accurate. Therefore, our white ant treatment services are exactly the same as our termite treatments.

No, they do not, but they can use treated logs and footings as a way into your home.

Most home insurance policies don’t cover damage done by termites. As 1 in 4 Australian homes are victims of termites in their lifetime, it’s worth being vigilant.

Take advice about our professional termite treatments for your home or business, which can control an existing problem and prevent future infestations.

There are simple and very realistic steps you can take to significantly minimise the risk of an infestation. Changes can be put in place easily, with possibly no cost.

If you find termites in your home, you should never attempt to eliminate them yourself. If termites are disturbed, they will simply move their activity to another area of the house.

DIY termite control or DIY termite treatment is always a terrible idea, as identifying the termites is an extremely crucial step towards successfully eliminating termites. DIY termite traps are not effective, as disrupting termites often means they’ll just move to attack another area of your home. Our Ausguard specialists have the experience and expertise to advise whether the termites are a threat or not and recommend the optimum treatment for your individual situation.

Most people search for a company that has the ability to support you and your home for years to come, is continuously up to date with latest technology, and has experienced and regularly-trained Termite Control Technicians who know your local area – in other words, they look for Ausguard Pest Control.

Our treatments are all non-toxic and nonharmful to children, pets or adults.

A treatment for termites can be proactive or reactive. Treatments are generally indicated whenever you notice termite activity; however, our baiting and monitoring treatment is a dual method approach to termite control. The under-ground bait stations can be left monitoring all year round for termite activity, so if termite activity increases, our technicians can add bait to eliminate the growing termite colony.

Termites are constantly searching for new sources of food, so if they discover a large abundance of wood in or around your house which isn’t properly treated, they could move in the same day. Termites can even infest a house structure before it’s finished, so if you’re moving into a new home check out our pre-purchase inspections.

Termites enter through very small cracks and holes. They do however need a very controlled environment: the nest and all pathways to it are usually at a much higher temperature than the surrounding air. This means that termites will either enter your home using timber in contact with the ground or via “mud tunnels” from the ground through cracks in concrete or pipe penetrations through the slab or foundation walls.

Termites are very difficult to discover. There are usually subtle signs like mud tunnels, but termites can be very clever at hiding their tracks. If you suspect that you have termites, you should invest in a termite inspection as soon as possible by one of our technicians.

Ausguard’s termite control technicians are equipped with devices which can not only see termites, but can hear termites. The latest equipment is accessible to all our technicians and has moisture sensors, heat sensors and sound sensors so the termites have very little chance of remaining undetected. We even perform thermal imaging with special cameras to detect the heat patches that termites discharge.