CSIRO’s bait box technique for termite control

Finding termites

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A photo of termite damage to a building. When termite damage to a building is discovered, one should conduct a thorough search of the property to locate areas of greatest termite activity and accessibility.

Look for damaged wood or shelter-tubes around piles of timber, sleepers, living and dead trees, tree stumps and under the house.

Trees and tree stumps can be checked for the presence of termites by drilling a hole into the centre of the tree near its ground-line.

Insert a wetted timber dowel into the drilled hole for about three minutes then remove it to observe if termites are clinging to its surface.

A picture of termite damage to a building.

Looking for termite damage.

Be careful to plug the hole with a larger wooden dowel after the checkingprocedure.

Shelter-tubes are usually constructed by termites over vertical and impervious surfaces such as masonry and brickwork, and may be five millimetres or more in diameter.

These structures are often made from soil and faecal material and shelter the termites from light whilst they forage for food.

Leave infested wood in place and disturb areas of termite activity as little as possible to avoid scaring the termites away.