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October 11, 2021

Termites: What Home Owners Should Know


Termites are notorious for the destructive risk that they can pose to homes and businesses. Many species of termite thrive off timber structures. With most Australian homes, and many commercial properties having been built around a timber frame, it is evident that there is a significant risk for property owners of all kind. A termite infestation could cost property owners in the thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is primarily a result of the secluded and dark areas where a termite infestation can go undetected until it is too late, and significant damage is already done.

Whilst there are more than 350 species of termite in Australia, only a handful are considered to be a threat to your property. Despite this, these destructive termites are also some of the most common in Australia, making it essential to call a licensed, and professional termite control technician such as those at Multipest upon first suspicion of infestation. In order to help property owners, distinguish the destructive termites from the passive termite species, we have put together a list below outlining the different types of termites in Australia.



Subterranean Termites:

Subterranean termites are the most common and one of the most destructive types of termites worldwide. These termites are so destructive that they can effectively destroy a properties internal structure if left untreated. Often, properties that are unprotected or have timber sources near the property such as trees or stumps are more susceptible to attack. With over one third of all Australian homes being vulnerable to subterranean termites it is clear that a hiring a professional termite control technician is a necessary step to take in order to protect your property from destruction and to keep your money, in your wallet.

Dampwood Termites:

Decayed and moist wood is the primary target of infestation for Dampwood Termites. Whilst these termites are most likely to infest outside timbers such as tree’s logs or stumps, it is evident that if they locate any moistened wood within your home or business, that there is a significant chance of a colony being established inside your property. These issues regarding moistened timber can be largely attributed to issues with your property’s utilities, namely leaking taps. Excessive exposure to a leaking tap can quickly result in the rotting and cracking of wood which would provide these termites with the means to enter your home and establish a colony in these rotting timbers. When you think about the various timber-based areas within your home that can be effected by a simple, leaking tap, such as wooden shelving, cabinets or floorboards, it is clear that these termites can quickly become a significant issue. Fortunately, these termites are very controllable. Hiring a licensed pest technician such as those at Multipest, can help you to eradicate any termites within your home, and can help you to identify and remove the source of moisture, therefore preventing Dampwood termites from wanting to settle within your property.

Dampwood Termites

Drywood Termites:

Drywood termites will generally live in small colonies of less than a thousand. These termites will live entirely inside pieces of timber. Although these colonies are small, several colonies will generally all live in the same piece of timber, therefore making the number of termites and the risk they pose much larger. Drywood Termites can feed across timber and will generally not follow the timbers grain. They will infest both hardwood and softwood timbers and are able to obtain all of their required moisture from the wood itself, thus eliminating the need for infested timber to be close to or connected to an external moisture source. Colonies of Drywood termites can grow in significant size all whilst remaining undetected for many years. This poses a significant risk due to the fact that as a colony grows, so too does the damage within your property. Of the many types of termites that are located in Australia, Drywood termites can be some of the most damaging, therefore it is essential that upon first suspicion of infestation, that a licensed termite expert is called immediately in order to assess and eliminate any termite infestations within your property.


Due to the destructive nature of many types of termites it is clear that hiring an expert in termite control is the necessary step to take upon the first signs of termites within your home. Termite control is just one of Multipest’s areas of expertise. Based in the Brisbane and Redlands areas, Multipest has been assisting homeowners and businesses of every industry over the last 25 years. Multipest is accredited by many reputable organisations including but not limited to the Queensland Health department and the Queensland Building Construction commission. At Multipest, we have a commitment to go above and beyond for our clients, providing a carefree and effective pest management experience