Drywood termites are very different to subterranean termites, drywoods do not need ground contact and obtain their moisture from the dry timber which they live in. Drywoods operate in much smaller colonies and take longer to cause timber damage in comparison to subterranean termites. Infestation can be identified through observing pin holes in flooring and other timbers or defects in timber, this species of termite produce frass (small sand like workings that may be visible around affected timber. The frass also allows us to identify the species of drywood termite. There are two main species of drywood termites that attack your home. ‘The West Indian Drywood Termite' that is not a native species to Australia and if found in your house the department of primary industries must be notified and a specialist treatment arrange to eradicate the infestation. The other dominates local species cryptotermes primus spp can be treated by Pest Patrol.
- Spraying the underside of flooring identifying areas of infected timbers and injecting chemical into termite workings in the timber. Drywood treatments should be carried out once every five years or incorporate timber replacement if possible.
Borers are most commonly found and have the greatest financial impact in flooring and furniture timbers. They are beetles that bore into timber lay eggs that hatch larvae which feeds in the timber. Different types of beetles will infest different types of timber (hardwood and softwood) however the treatment is the same for them both. Borers can be observed in clusters of pin holes in timber and or furniture or other timber products.
- Blanket spraying the underside of flooring timbers
- Furniture treatment may involve spraying and also covering and sealing the item in plastic and placing the object in sunlight (cooking the larvae in the material).
- Treatment may need to be carried out at least once annually for two years and monitored for future attack.