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Termite Information

Termites Control - Toowoomba - Darling Downs

The Pestman Qld will assist in the detection and control of Termites in Toowoomba and Darling Downs.

There are more than three hundred and fifty species of termites in Australia but only about twenty or so cause economic damage to houses.

These species are mainly subterranean termites. They set up nests underground and in the trunks of trees, and prefer damp dark habitats. They tunnel through the soil then build mud shelter tubes up the side of structures to gain access to the building.

 Termites will travel a considerable distance underground to attack buildings in search of food. Up to 50m is realistic – some species in the north of Australia are known to travel further. Termites can therefore attack from beyond the property boundaries, so when assessing the risk of attack, bear this in mind.

 Termites don’t just attack timber houses.

The overall risk of major damage to houses is low, but all types of houses are at risk. A recent CSIRO study (Cookson 1999) found that steel and masonry houses had virtually the same chances of attack as timber houses.

 Termites don’t just infest structural timbers.

Termites can also damage plasterboard, carpets, plastics, books, artwork, clothes, electrical insulation and fitout timbers.


Not all termites have the same feeding habits.

Some species are more aggressive than others. Those in the far north of Australia are particularly voracious feeders. Older and larger colonies will also have a

greater impact than newly established colonies.


The risk of termite attack varies according to where you are in Australia. The risk varies from being negligible in Tasmania, to high in far northern Australia.

 Termites usually swarm in summer in an attempt to start new nests. New nests created by this means are rarely established in buildings unless there is a permanent source of moisture – the main threat is therefore from underground. In any event, it usually takes at least 3 years for a new nest to grow to a size large enough to be capable of causing economic damage.

Termites are attracted to moisture, so it's important to repair any leaks or excessive moisture pooling areas around your home especially under the subfloor areas as the dark, damp situation will put you at risk of termite ingress. Also removal of untreated timbers in contact with soil from around your home can reduce some of the high risks associated with termite attacks to homes as well. Even though you may not have any activity now, your home is always going to be at risk at some point from external pressures and seasonal climate conditions.

6 - 12 monthly termites inspection recommended

This is why both The Pestman Qld and the Australian Standards strongly recommend having a 6 - 12 monthly Timber Pest Inspection of your Toowoomba property. For the relatively small outlay each year it's far better than paying thousands of dollars in repairs and in some cases, having the inconvenience of moving out while work is done.

All of the devices we use are current, up-to-date Termite identification and detection equipment: Like fully calibrated moisture meters, scopes for more invasive inspection as requested, sounding devices, identification tools if active termites are located, and of course 10 years of termite experience and Toowoomba regional knowledge to detect signs prior to infestation.

Fully qualified termite technicians
As we are all fully qualified as termite technicians we make sure that we keep an eye out for any timber destroying pests as part of our normal pest control service, this ensures that if termites are located, then you will be notified instantly and a solution to rectify will be recommended.

Your property is your investment for the future. Let us help you maintain the value of that investment by developing a flexible, tailored solution in order to manage these pests. Our goal is to provide management options that are effective and suit your expected outcomes.

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Our licensed technicians can assist you with a flexible, tailored solution to meet your needs and prevent these pests from becoming a problem in your home or workplace. Please contact the Pestman Qld to see how we can help you maintain an environment free of termites and other pest control issues in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.

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