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Lucky call for home owner in St Ives

exipest pest control had a call out to a house in St Ives, Sydney, to treat cockroaches. Whilst treating the exterior of the property, we noticed a dying tree. Upon closer inspection it had the telltale signs of termite damage throughout the bark. The client was informed and we were engaged to investigate further. The tree was drilled into the heart wood, where a large void was noted. The type of termite found was Coptotermes Spp.

Coptotermes Spp, are one of the most destructive termites on Sydney’s North Shore and cause huge amounts of structural damage to buildings when left untreated. Termites forage for food constantly through the soil and can travel considerable distances from the nest looking for feeding sites. This tree was only 8 meters from the house.

 As you can see in the photo’s supplied, a temperature probe was inserted into the hole. The temperature in side the tree was 30 degrees on a 24 degree day. What does this mean? It means that the tree had a colony of termites in side. Termites raise the temperature and humidity to help support fungal growth inside the nest to around 30+ degrees.

The tree was treated with a Nonrepellent Termiticide, the holes were sealed and the treatment was checked 2 weeks later. An arborist was contacted to check its health. What resulted was its removal due to the lack of good wood left after the termites.

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the importance of regular termite inspections

This photo illustrates the importance of regular termite inspections to your property. Regardless of whether you’ve had a termite barrier treatment installed or not. Notice the stalagmite structure built by the termites away from the foundation wall and the ant capping in the subfloor of a house in Turramurra NSW.

We were called out to this job by the client approximately 5 years after they had a termite barrier installed due to previous termite attack. The client, had been informed about getting regular termite inspections, but had forgotten to arrange one every year, the owner of the company that had installed the barrier had retired.

The termite barrier had been installed correctly, but the termites just simply avoided it by building shelter tube outside the termite barrier, from the ground up to the subflooring. If regular inspections had been conducted it would have been picked up earlier. The client would not have had to replace structural beams inside the house to hold up the second storey.

Stalagmite structure built by termites