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5 Reasons to have a Termite Treatment in place

5 Reasons to have a Termite Treatment in place

5 Reasons to have a Termite Treatment or Barrier in place The CSIRO found that termites cause more damage than fire and that more than 1 in 5 houses have termite damage with an approximate damage bill of more than $100 million annually. Termites are subterranean which […]

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Termites? What Termites?!?

Termites? What Termites?!?

If you live in Queensland the chances are you have had Termites (white ants) or you are going to get Termites! What species could you have (there are others but these 3 are quite common)? Coptotermes – Mostly nest in tree stumps, retaining walls and inside living […]

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Aagh a termite nest in my roof!

Aagh a termite nest in my roof!

“I just found a termite nest in my roof” is not something anyone wants to say or hear! But this was the sad discovery this morning for a homeowner in Durack, Brisbane, when the Roofers were taking off the old iron sheets.           […]

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It’s that time of year – Flying or Swarming Termites

It's that time of year - Flying or Swarming Termites

Today, we have been inundated with calls from customers about finding these strange little insects inside their homes. . Most termites you’d be familiar with are quite pale in colour, almost transparent and are wingless.  They are also blind. Swarming termites however, or Alates are specially produced […]

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Termites and computers are not a good mix!

Termites and computers are not a good mix!

Recently one of our Technicians was called out to a commercial premise at Archerfield, Brisbane, to check some termite damage in a staircase. Checking under the stairwell, he found an interesting discovery. Termite had started to build a nest between the wall and the company’s main computer! […]

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What do Termites look like?

What do Termites look like?

Ever wondered what termites look like? It’s not as if they are out in the open and commonly seen. In fact, they always operate in a concealed manner, travelling through their constructed tunnels in the ground. Below is a brilliant video that clearly displays all the castes […]

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Agh, Termite coming out of a window frame!

Agh, Termite coming out of a window frame!

We were called to a house in Mt Ommaney, Brisbane, recently to check a window frame that had “Flight Tubes” coming out of the timber frames. The owners had been away for several months and made this startling discovery when they arrived home. Termite colonies usually build […]

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Live termite treatment in Kallangur

Live termite treatment in Kallangur

Late Sunday evening after enjoying dinner at my mother in law’s I was asked to check some suspicious bubbled paint in the bathroom, my gut told me it was termites but I suggested that it could be wood rot or excess moisture to help keep everyone positive. […]

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Termites nest in a roof – Mansfield

Termites nest in a roof - Mansfield

Recently one of our technicians was called out to a home in Mansfield, Brisbane, to check for possible termite activity in some skirting boards in the downstairs rumpus room.  We were quickly able to confirm there were live termites in the skirting boards but also, to the […]

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Do I need a pre-purchase inspection?

Do I need a pre-purchase inspection?

5 Reasons Pre-Purchase Inspections are crucial! It seems like such a logical step on my end, I arrange these inspections almost every day, but to some, pre-purchase pest and building inspections are an unknown, something that had scarcely been thought of and certainly not something that comes […]

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Termite stalagmites coming up out of the ground under a house in Salisbury, Brisbane

Termite stalagmites coming up out of the ground under a house in Salisbury, Brisbane

Recently one of our technicians, Dan Kemp, found multiple termite stalagmites coming up out of the ground under a house in Salisbury, Brisbane. The termites had infested the structure all the way up into the roof. We don’t see this often, but it makes us very excited […]

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The hum of live termite activity inside a wall – Ashgrove, North Brisbane

The hum of live termite activity inside a wall - Ashgrove, North Brisbane

Listen closely as one of our technicians investigates a hole in the wall full of live termites!! After receiving an urgent call to attend a home in Ashgrove, North Brisbane, Conquer Termites Northside conducted a termite inspection and initial treatment for a concerned home owner. Looking at […]

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Fungal decay or Termite damage?

Fungal decay or Termite damage?

Many homeowners get confused if the funny looking skirting board or damage external balustrade is caused by termite damage or wet rot (fungal decay). Fungal decay – wet rot – what does it look like? On the outside, it can look similar to termite damage. As a […]

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Shocking Termite Damage – Toowong

Shocking Termite Damage - Toowong

One of Conquer Termites’ customers in Toowong was getting an electric shock each time he turned his bathroom light switch on. And you wouldn’t guess the cause?!… Termites! Yes, you read that correctly. They had mudded their way right into the back of the light switch bringing […]

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What does a Termite Queen look like?

What does a Termite Queen look like?

One of our technicians, Alex Koklas, found a Schedorhinotermes Termite Queen in a timber log near a home he was inspecting in Brisbane. We come across termite nest often during our inspection but it is always rare to find a Queen.

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Live Termites North Brisbane

Live Termites North Brisbane

Over the past few weeks Conquer Termites Northside have been inundated by calls to inspect and treat live termites (or white ants) in bathrooms and ensuites across various suburbs in North Brisbane. With the ongoing showers and humidity recently it’s no surprise to us that termite activity […]

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Live termite in a fence – exposed!

Live termite in a fence - exposed!

In the below video, watch what happens when termite workings are exposed on a fence paling. The Solider termites will stand guard while the worker termites rush to safety.

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Termites in a tree near a house in Bellbird Park, Brisbane

Termites in a tree near a house in Bellbird Park, Brisbane

Recently we were called out to a house in Bellbird Park, Brisbane, to treat live termites. The infestation was severer to the point a door fell off! After a thorough inspection of the property, the technician, Alex, found a large pine tree with multiple termite leads on […]

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You wouldn’t read about it – termites eat a book!

You wouldn't read about it - termites eat a book!

Recently one of our technicians was called to a home in Birkdale, near Brisbane, to check a very interesting situation. The homeowner pulled a book off a shelve in a walk-in robe to find live termites! After a thorough inspection it was established the termites had attacked […]

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Termites & Body Corporate’s – Bowen Hills

Termites & Body Corporate's - Bowen Hills

The importance of everyone in a Body Corporate working together. I recently was called out to a unit complex in Brisbane’s Northside in Bowen Hills, it was a 6 unit complex governed by a body corporate. Five of the unit owners were working together getting regular termite […]

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Live Termites under a house in Brisbane

Live Termites under a house in Brisbane

In summertime, it’s warmer and more humid, allowing the termites to be more active and forge closer to the surface of the ground. If there is a piece of timber laying on the ground, there will be a good chance the termites will be directly under, eating […]

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What happens when you disturb termites

What happens when you disturb termites

The video below clearly illustrates what termites will do when they are disturbed. If an opening is made into their workings, the solider termites will quickly rush to defend the breach. They will bite your fingers and extrude a milky latex liquid. They also make a knocking noise with […]

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Termite Flight Tubes – Forest Lake September 2015

Termite Flight Tubes - Forest Lake September 2015

A customer from Forest Lake, Brisbane, called us this week concerned about some “mudding” appearing between the concrete path and external brick wall. Our Technician, Paul, immediately realized it was flight tubes originating from a Heterotermes nest. The flight tubes were very visible on the outside but we […]

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Termidor Dust treatment to live termites in a house in Morningside

Termidor Dust treatment to live termites in a house in Morningside

Recently we were called out to a house in Morningside, Brisbane, that had live termites. Our technician found termite workings protruding from a bedroom wall upstairs and several termite leads coming out of the ground up the concrete slab edge. In some ways the homeowner was lucky […]

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Treating a termite nest in a wall – Brisbane 2015

Treating a termite nest in a wall - Brisbane 2015

This video illustrates clearly how effective a foaming treatment can be when you apply it directly to a termite (White Ant) nest in a wall. The technician, Alex, waited two weeks after applying the foaming treatment before cutting a small hole through the wall lining to conduct […]

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Termite gaining concealed entry into a house in Carindale, 2015

Termite gaining concealed entry into a house in Carindale, 2015

When one of our Technicians was digging a trench along the external perimeter of a home in Carindale, Brisbane, in preparation for a chemical treatment, he found live termites entering through a very small hole in the mortar at the base of the footings. This is a […]

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Finding Termites with a Thermal Camera & Termitrac Devises

Finding Termites with a Thermal Camera & Termitrac Devises

Recently we were asked to inspect a property in Mount Cotton, on the outskirts of Brisbane, where there was a suspicion of termites in the downstairs bedroom. Two pervious companies had done recent inspections. One had found termite damage in a skirting board but no confirmation of […]

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Do termites eat Palm Trees?

Do termites eat Palm Trees?

Recently a customer reported that they found a subterranean termite “lead’ travelling up one of their Palm trees stumps on a property in Brisbane. This is not uncommon in the South East Queensland area where there are a lot of Palm trees and termites. But to find such […]

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Termite nest coming out of a wall – Yeronga

Termite nest coming out of a wall - Yeronga

A video of a termite nest detected in a wall under a house in Yeronga, Brisbane. The homeowners were unaware that such a large termite nest had located inside a wall under their house. On the outside it was hard to visually detect but immediately became apparent […]

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Termite nest found in a wall – Capalaba

Termite nest found in a wall - Capalaba

When our technicians come to your home to do an inspection, one of their greatest thrills is to find a termite nest inside the house. We understand that homeowners don’t share the same enthusiasm! But the “Unknown is better Known”. To help us find this unpleasant discovery, […]

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Live Termites in a floorboard – East Brisbane

Live Termites in a floorboard - East Brisbane

We were called out to a house in East Brisbane recently to check a soft floorboard. The technician quickly discovered live termites eating a floorboard upstairs. Once exposed, the solider termites came to the hole to defend the workers. they also made a “clicking” noise to notify […]

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How a Thermal Camera is used in a termite inspection – Brisbane

How a Thermal Camera is used in a termite inspection - Brisbane

When our technicians do an inspection for termites (White Ants) they use various devises to assist them in discovering termite activity. One tool that they greatly value is the Thermal camera. Conquer Termites embraces any legitimate technology that enables a more thorough inspection of your home. That […]

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Termites found walking out of the ground in Brisbane

Recently, while installing a chemical treatment to a house in Brisbane, one of our technicians found live termite walking on top of the ground along the external perimeter under a deck. He discovered them when he lifted several decking boards to apply the chemical. With the warm, […]

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Termites found with a Thermal Camera in a house in Wakerley

Termites found with a Thermal Camera in a house in Wakerley

We had a call from a very upset homeowner in Wakerley, Brisbane, who had just found live termites in the wall behind his fridge. Of course it is upsetting to find termites in your home, but it is more upsetting when you have had the all clear […]

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Termite Attack – Ipswich

Termite Attack - Ipswich

In December 2014, a customer became suspicious when her pet dog was scratching and chewing at the wall in her bedroom. Curiously she looked close at the wall to notice what appeared to be dirt filling a small hole in the wall from the dogs paw. She […]

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Termites under a house in Upper Mt Gravatt

Termites under a house in Upper Mt Gravatt

Recently, Dan, one of our senior technicians, found live termites in loose timbers that were stored directly on the soil under a house in Upper Mt Gravatt. Luckily, the termites were only confined to the timbers but it would have only been a matter of time before […]

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Termite Inspection with Thermal Camera, Brisbane

Termite Inspection with Thermal Camera, Brisbane

Have you ever wondered how we use a thermal or infrared camera in our termite inspections? Or what we are actually looking for? Wondering what thermal imaging means to you as the customer? With our new termite inspection video, you get a real insight into exactly what […]

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Why hi-tech isn’t always the answer – Termite inspections

Why hi-tech isn’t always the answer – Termite inspections

Here at Conquer Termites, we use a variety of tools to help us inspect properties. We value our thermal cameras and with good reason – after all, anything that helps us detect termites has to be a good thing, and we’ve blogged more than once about how […]

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Drywood Termites found in a home at Bulimba

Drywood Termites found in a home at Bulimba

A concerned home owner called Conquer Termites today,  suspecting that the peeling timber on one of her veranda posts may have been caused by termites, wondering how extensive the damage might be. We understand it is very distressing to come across termite activity, but luckily Conquer Termites can be […]

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Loose Timbers Under House – Cleveland

Today Conquer Termites tech Dave Bell and myself installed a chemical treatment to a home in Cleveland. The house was raised on concrete posts and a brick footing along the front perimeter. Unfortunately termite damage was evident to a number of floorboards and wooden bearers throughout the subfloor. What we […]

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Termite Treatment in Norman Park – a good story

It’s not often that we are able to tell a good story about termites but just this month one of our customers made a very wise decision to get their investment property in Norman Park, Brisbane, inspected for termites. They had a recent fright with an infestation […]

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Termite Nests and Treatment Brisbane

Most people recognize a termite mound or an arboreal (outside of tree) nest when they see one, after all they are usually pretty obvious.  But did you know that most termite nests in suburbia go unseen? Termite nests are commonly located behind timber retaining walls, inside descent […]

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Why Termite Management Systems are so important in Brisbane

For Brisbane Homeowners {in fact, for home-owners all across South East Queensland}, termites are an unwelcome reality that can cause plenty of stress and money. Nobody likes the idea of one of their most valuable investments coming under attack from these prolific pests. Of course, one of […]

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South East Queensland sees increase in Subterranean Termites

It may not come as a surprise to note this, but we as professional termite technicians have definitely seen an increase in active termite infestations in recent years.  And this is due largely to the increase in rainfall.   One of the interesting facts is the increase […]

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David Bell talks about finding termite nests in trees

While doing an inspection of a property in Mt Gravatt East, Brisbane, one of our senior technicians, David Bell, discovers a termite nest on top of an old tree stump and then uncovers live termites in a Gum tree by drilling some test holes. See the termites […]

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Licenced Termite Inspector – what you should expect

As a consumer, you cannot just rely on face value and smooth talking to know that you have hired a fully licenced inspector to check your home for termites. You should ask to see their Queensland Pest Management Technician Licence card that is issued by the Queensland […]

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Termite Nest in a Tree Stump – Chandler

Check this video that Dan, one of our senior technicians, took of a tree stump full of termites that was situated only 2 metres from the house. The presence of nymph termites (baby termites) and Alates (reproductive in-waiting) confirmed it was a nest. Not a good situation […]

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Termite attacks a man!

We are happy to report our technician, David Bell, survived this attack by a lone (but very malicious) soldier termite when inspecting a house in Brisbane recently. Protection of the colony is one of the major roles soldier termites perform when there is a breach in the […]

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Termites in a house in Carindale, Brisbane

We recently treated a home in Carindale, Brisbane, where the owners found live termites when they started doing renovations. In many ways, this infestation was very much the classic case we find in South East Queensland. House was built in 1983 and didn’t have a current chemical […]

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Choice Magazine Termite article 2005 – an oldie, but a goodie

01.Termites We discovered that finding a qualified, experienced pest manager isn’t as easy as you’d think. Our special report brings you up to date with the current issues and practice in termite treatment and helps you protect yourself from ineffective, expensive or harmful treatment. Here’s a summary […]

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Termite nest found under a concrete patio

It is not uncommon to find a termite nest under a patio eating on the old timber form-work. A lot of termite inspectors forget that this is a high risk area and make the mistake of not investigating if there is a cavity under concrete patios attached […]

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Termites entering over ant caps in a house in Carina, Brisbane

Ant caps are just a point of detection, not a deterrent for termites. The point was proven when we were called to inspect a house in Carina, Brisbane, recently. The homeowners noticed some external weatherboards had been damage by termites. As this home had a suspended floor, […]

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Termite attacking a house in Tingalpa 4173

We were called by a desperate homeowner from Tingalpa recently that found termites in her skirting boards in two areas of her home. It was a little bit disconcerting as one area of activity was near the front door and the other right down the other end […]

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The biggest arboreal termite nest found in Brisbane?

We think we have come across the biggest arboreal termite nest found in Brisbane. Certainly the biggest Rowan Bate has found in the 18 years of doing termite inspections throughout Brisbane. We see many arboreal nest sprouting from the side of a tree. But they are usually […]

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Channel 7 – Today Tonight asks Conquer to talk about termites

It is reassuring that customers trust your opinion and advise. It is a validation when a TV channel wants to hear what you are saying. And that what happen recently when journalist, Adam Marshall and his crew from Channel 7’s  Today Tonight came out to a house […]

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Termites out in the open – Carina

We got a call from a stressed homeowner in Carina, Brisbane about the discovery of live termites when he pulled his wine rack away from the wall. What we found upstairs was more stressing. There were actually live termites crawling on his wooden floors boards coming out […]

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Flying or Swarming Termites Brisbane

Your home might have been one of the thousand of houses that were inundated with “flying termites” in the few past weeks here in Brisbane. It’s a phenomena that occurs annually during the months of November and December. If the humidity and temperature is just right and […]

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Termite inspection – Bulimba Brisbane

During an annual warranty inspection in Bulimba, one of our licensed inspectors found a termite nest under an old railway sleeper. Now this brings to light several interesting things. From the the photo you can see some fat white termites. These are the young reproductive termites that […]

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Pest Inspections – Monster Nest Brisbane North

Pest Inspections – Monster Nest Brisbane North

Just when you think you have seen it all…..something comes along to shock you.  Or at least, it did when Joel, one of our North side termite technicians visited a job in Brisbane City recently. Joel was called out to this city pub to help the owners […]

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Termite Inspections in Brisbane during winter

Termites are one of the few insects that work night and day. Even Black Ants slow down during the night. But there are two factors that slow down the termites’ work rate – temperature and availability of moisture. As we enter the chillier months of winter the […]

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Termites attack a bathroom in Mt Gravatt, Brisbane 4122

Statistically, 80% of termite infestations in Australia homes occur in bathrooms. The need for a constant supply of moisture drives termites to areas in your home that can provide this essential element. A house we recently treated in Mt Gravatt, Brisbane, experienced this exact problem. The owners […]

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Pest Inspection: The Gap – Moisture and Drainage Issues

Pest Inspection: The Gap - Moisture and Drainage Issues

One of the first things any termite expert will tell you is that termites are drawn to moisture. It is, in fact the number one attractant for termites even above food sources (timber etc). So it’s safe to say that when termites are given free reign of […]

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Termites bridging over a wooden batten in Mt Gravatt

If termites want to enter your home they can easily build “mud leads” to bridge a gap. You have to remember, termites don’t known that your house is a valuable assets to you (and your bank), they think it is just a big log – a yummy […]

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Common Termite Myths – Debunked!

Common Termite Myths - Debunked!

  We often see and hear so many false theories about termites, that we thought it about time to address some of the most common termite myths. You may have heard and trusted a few of these yourself.   1. Termites, or as they are often referred […]

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Shailer Park Pest Inspection – Just in the nick of time.

Shailer Park Pest Inspection - Just in the nick of time.

  Another quick post about Conquer Termites South Central. Nick was doing a termite inspection recently on a property at Shailer Park and very quickly confirmed the presence of active termites in one of the bedrooms.  As he made his way around the home, speaking to the […]

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Termite Inspection – Kingston – Why it pays to have our free half hour check

Termite Inspection – Kingston – Why it pays to have our free half hour check

Nick from Conquer Termites South Central popped over to do a free half hour check at 4pm on afternoon last week. The Kingston home owner had some concerns about termites and just wanted Conquer Termites to have a quick look to see if indeed she did have […]

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World’s worst termite now in South East Queensland.

World's worst termite now in South East Queensland.

Last night, Today Tonight did a story speaking further on our earlier article about the colonies of Mastotermes found on the Gold Coast last week. Though they made a couple of mistakes (this is NOT the first time Mastotermes have been found in South East Queensland, it […]

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Mastotermes, the world’s most aggressive termite Moves South

Mastotermes, the world's most aggressive termite Moves South

The world’s most destructive termite, mastotermes darwiensisis or the Giant Northern Termite is almost never seen below the Tropic of Capricorn. It is considered the most aggressive and destructive termite in the world and is also the largest.  It is generally limited to the Northern Territory and […]

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Parkinson Termite Treatment – NO job too hard for Conquer Termites

Parkinson Termite Treatment - NO job too hard for Conquer Termites

Recently we were contacted by a home-owner in Parkinson.  He had previously had a treatment done on his property by a well known local franchised Pest Control company.  In their yearly inspection, they had discovered that the termites had returned and had an active nest in the […]

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Brisbane Pest Inspections: Termite Classification.

 Brisbane Pest Inspections: Termite Classification.

Did you know that there are approximately 4000 species of termites worldwide?  Well you maybe more interested in the fact that there are over 350 species in Australia.  And while that is a lot and most people cringe when I tell them that (none more than my […]

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Termite Inspections – meet some of the tools of our trade.

Termite Inspections - meet some of the tools of our trade.

If you’ve ever wondered what to expect during your termite inspection, we thought now was a good time to introduce you to some of the tools we use on the job.  A termite technician’s tools range from the hi-tech thermal imaging products all the way down to […]

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Termites – not a happy surprise for an Underwood Renovator

Termites - not a happy surprise for an Underwood Renovator

I received a phone call from a new customer in Underwood last week, who had found probably the last thing that a renovator wants to find.  He and his builders had been cutting a hole in his brickwork and found live termites! Obviously, we organised a thorough termite […]

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Good Timing with a Termidor Treatment in Morningside

Good Timing with a Termidor Treatment in Morningside

    We say to all of our customers that the best way to protect your home from a termite infestation is to have a current chemical treatment in place. This became strikingly apparent when we were installing a chemical treatment around a house on Thynne Rd, Morningside. […]

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Termites and Ant Capping – Detecting Termites in an Albany Creek Home

Termites and Ant Capping - Detecting Termites in an Albany Creek Home

One of the most common misconceptions we face in the Termite industry is regarding physical barriers, especially Ant Capping.  A lot of new homes are built with phyical barriers in place to help ward off termites.  And while in many cases physical termite shielding can deter termites;  this […]

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Termites attack a house in Tarragindi

We recently treated a house in Tarragindi for termites with Termidor. Like most homeowners, they were completely unaware of the infestation until it became evident in damaged skirting boards. They thought they were protected as they have ant capping on top of their concrete walls. Sadly, a piece […]

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How Termatrac can be a useful tool in detecting termites – West Chermside Termite Treatment

How Termatrac can be a useful tool in detecting termites - West Chermside Termite Treatment

Back in 2011, we were called to a house in the North Brisbane suburb of Chermside West, where the home owners suspected that they had termites inside their home. When we arrived at the job, we did, indeed find evidence of Schedorhinotermes – a very common termite […]

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Which Termite Treatment Is The Best? Case Study – McDowall

Which Termite Treatment Is The Best? Case Study - McDowall

What is the best product for a termite treatment? For anyone involved in the Pest Control and Termite Inspection industry, this is probably the most common question of all.  What is the best product?  And while it is true that some termite management products hold advantages over […]

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Pest Inspection for Termites in Carindale

The incidents of houses in Carindale being found with live termites (white ants) have ominously increased over the summer of 2010/2011. Recently, our company has been requested by Carindale homeowners to treat not one, but several homes in the same street!  Many homeowners are asking us what […]

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Horror House of Termites in Manly

Luckily, it is not often that you find more than one type of live termites in a house at the same time. Recently, when conducting an inspection at a house in Manly, Queensland, we found that it had four different types of termites chewing away at the wooden […]

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Termites going over concrete slab edge

Sadly, many homeowners have been given a false sense of security about their new homes. A new Building Code, introduced in 2005, stipulates that if the concrete slab edge was exposed more than 75mm from the ground, the structure would able to be certified. This is a very miss-leading notion. […]

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