Active termites were found tracking up the interior brick walls to the front of a shop on the busy Parramatta Road at Petersham. This is a good example of why every property should be checked for termites at least every 12 months.
Eradicator Pest Services conducted a termite inspection, finding that beneath the area of termite activity is a walk-down basement area on a concrete slab, leading us to the conclusion that the termites are travelling beneath the road & pavement, to enter the premises. We often hear our clients say that they don't think they need a termite inspection, because their home is constructed on a slab, or is of cavity brick construction. Termites are only 5mm long & can breach the tiniest of cracks. They can also enter via the external slab edge & through service pipes.
People also have the misconception that you will only find termites in areas densely populated by large trees. It's true that it is more likely, but it only takes 1 tree housing 1 termite colony to infest a property.
Our treatment options were limited. A termite baiting system would take too long, taking several visits to gain colony elimination. We couldn't do a chemical barrier treatment, as other shops adjoin the property on both sides & it is built directly on to the street. We therefore opted to conduct a Termidor dusting treatment as seen in the above photos.
Photo #1 shows active termite soldiers & worker termite inside the mud shelter tube.
Photo #2 shows the Termidor dusting treatment.
Photo #3 shows a termite worker covered in Termidor dust. The termites groom themselves & each other & feed each other, therefore transferring the dust through the colony members.
Photo #4 shows the mud shelter tube having been taped up to minimize disturbance, allowing the termites to continue unaware.
I will return after 4 weeks to make sure all the termites are dead & if no activity is seen & I am satisfied they are eliminated, I will then remove the mudding.