How does the TermatriX bait work?
The TermatriX Termite Bait contains 1g/kg of Chlorfluazuron as
the active constituent, which is about as toxic as table salt!).
As termites feed and then travel back to the colony, they share the termite bait with other nest mates (through trophallaxis) and send other termites back to feed on the bait As feeding on the bait continues and more and more termites are affected, the worker termites will die and the colony will be destroyed. The stages of colony elimination will be identified by the professional Pest Manager and will include; worker termites becoming creamish coloured (within first 2 weeks), lethargic worker termites (first 4 weeks), a larger numbers of soldier termites and increased fungi in the station (final stage of elimination).
What happens after Termites are eliminated ? After a colony 1s controlled the bait is replaced with new termatriX timbers and magnet monitors to detect future termite activity. Your Pest Manager will continue to inspect the stations regularly to discover and treat any new termite colonies that may invade your property.
Facts you should know about Termites
Termites are sometimes referred to as ’white ants ‘because of their size and ant—like appearance. A Termites diet consists of cellulose, with a preference to certain types of wood, however they also will eat any other matter that contains cellulose, including paper, cloth, carpet and furniture. Before you realise termites have invaded your home, extensive damage will have already commenced. In Australia alone, the damage caused by termites exceeds $780 million dollars a year and this damage is typically not covered by standard home owners insurance. This may cause a devastating financial and social implications for building owners.
The Queen may live up to 25 years and lay more than 2,000 eggs per day.
The Queen also regulates the entire life of the colony.The Kings function is just to mate with the Queen.
Nests are commonly built underground in large pieces of timber, inside fallen trees or atop of living treas. Some species build nests above ground, and they can develop into mounds. Homeowners need to be careful of tree stumps that have not been dug up. The thermal shadow underneath a building results in damp moist soil beneath a home, and many scientists believe this attracts foraging termites to enter a building in search of cellulose food.
Areas of potential risk in Australia
How to tell if you have termites?
Most of the time you will only find out that you have termites after they have started their destruction of your home. However there are signs that one can look out for to alert you of their presence, such as;
Bubbling paint, termite mudding, shed wings in corners of windows and other areas not usually in view of people
A family of termites is usually referred to as a Colony. A large termite colony can have hundreds of thousands to millions of individuals occupying areas of up to an acre. Smaller colonies contain less than 100,000 individuals foraging an area no bigger than a normal bedroom The reproductive members include the Queen, the King, the immature reproductive’s and the winged termites. Of these, the Queen is the core of the family and every individual in the family is produced by it.