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Live Termites rampant in a house in Morningside, Brisbane

Live Termites rampant in a house in Morningside, Brisbane

It’s been a while since we have inspected a house with such a rampant termite infestation. Recently, our South-side manager, Dan Kemp was called out to a home in Morningside to investigate termite activity coming out of the kitchen wall. We love to find termites, but this […]

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How to termite proof a concrete block wall – internally

How to termite proof a concrete block wall - internally

  We get many calls from Builders about how to termite proof concrete block walls, normally just before the internal timber frames are to be constructed! If you have not applied termite proofing to the external side of the block wall down to the footings, you’ll need […]

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KEEP OUT! Formosan subterranean termite

KEEP OUT! Formosan subterranean  termite

The Department of Agriculture & Water Resources recently published information about the Formosan  subterranean termite – a termite species (Coptotermes formosanus) that Australia is very keen to keep out of the country for many reasons. This pest is aptly known as the super-termite! They originated in China […]

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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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Live termites coming out of a drill hole during a chemical treatment

Live termites coming out of a drill hole during a chemical treatment

In the video below you can watch live termites being pumped out of a drill hole while one of our Technician was installing a chemical treatment to a house in Inala, Brisbane. The house had live termites in a downstairs door frame and skirting boards that had […]

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Live Termites Found On A Boat – Manly

Live Termites Found On A Boat - Manly

Once you have been working in termite control for a while you think that you have a pretty fair grip on where termites are likely to be found and what to do about it. In my experience I find that termites will sometimes turn up in places that […]

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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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Identifying insects in your home.

Identifying insects in your home.

Recently, one of our technician brought back an insect that a homeowner in Carindale, Brisbane, found in their home.  We were able to identify the insect as  the “Cigarette Beetle” with our in-house digital microscope. The magnification allow us to identify the distinctive shape and characteristics of most […]

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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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Large termite nest eradicated in a house in Carina

Large termite nest eradicated in a house in Carina

Recently we were called by the homeowner of a house in Carina, Brisbane, to check a wall in the downstairs laundry of her home. During the full termite inspection, Paul Murphy, one of our experienced technicians, found a significant amount of workings behind a wall. He applied […]

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Winged Termites taking to flight – Brisbane

Winged Termites taking to flight - Brisbane

In this video you are able to see winged termites (Alates) crawling out of a small hole in a tree stump that one of our technicians, Paul Murphy, disturbed when he was doing an inspection to a property in Brisbane. It is usual to see Alates take […]

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Termites attacking a house in Holland Park

Termites attacking a house in Holland Park

Recently we were called out to a house in Holland Park, Brisbane, to check for termites. There was reported damage in some weatherboards and in a wall in a bedroom. It quickly became apparent that the house was being attacked by a significant termite infestation. This was […]

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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 Nest found in Chandler

Termite Nest found in Chandler

Recently we were carrying out a termite inspection at Chandler, Brisbane, and found a massive termite nest only a few metres from the owners home. While going about our full termite inspection of the house and groundsI discovered this termite nest and a few others. Certainly one way to panic the […]

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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, Tarragindi 4121

Homeowner Phil Turner uncovered termites in his Tarragindi home recently. As the home was close to surrounding bush lands it was in a high risk zone, and it was at an even higher risk given that there was no chemical barrier in place for protection against termites. […]

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The Importance of Annual Termite Inspections

In December 2013 I arrived at the property of a regular customer to complete her Annual Termite Inspection in Bulimba, Brisbane. She hadn’t had a Chemical Treated Zone protecting her property from termite attack and so her home was fair game for any foraging termites in the […]

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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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Clever way to treat a structure with a low suspended floor – Hemmant

Conquer Termites is a company that prides itself on providing treatment options that are best suited for the structure and the kind of environment it is situated in. Recently we treated the Sales office of Crawford Marine, just off Wynnum Rd, Hemmant. They had a small infestation […]

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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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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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Termites eat stacked timber in Tingalpa

Recently a firm in Tingalpa got caught out when they placed palettes of valuable processed timber directly over joins in the concrete floor, providing a good example of why you shouldn’t leave timber on the ground. There were many large native trees surrounding this storage shed, so […]

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Heavy rainfall in Brisbane creates ideal foraging conditions for termites.

Unseasonal high rainfalls over the last week of January 2013 have caused flooding and damage to many homes throughout Queensland. Our office in Carina, Brisbane, was a casualty with soggy carpets and a power cut. To put things into perspective, the mean max rainfall in Brisbane for the […]

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Termite Inspection – Runcorn – 4113

 Contact Nick Wood on 3343 3934 or 0432 721 715 now… It was just before christmas 2012 when a worried customer in Runcorn wanted Conquer Termites to conduct a full termite inspection of her precious house. The reason she wanted such a quick termite inspection is because when the […]

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Termite Inspection – Underwood – 4119

Termite Inspection - Underwood - 4119

Contact Nick Wood on 3343 3934 or 0432 721 715 now… I received a phone call from a worried customer in Underwood, who had found live termites, while he was doing a big renovation. The customer did the right thing by booking in a termite inspection to identify […]

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Termite Treatment – Eight Mile Plains – Treatment Needed – 4113

Contact Nick Wood on 3343 3934 or 0432 721 715 now… Eight Mile Plains is an older, more established suburb, with houses usually around 40 years old. Often, this means that the footings of the home are embedded into the soil, about 3-4 bricks down (as you […]

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Termite Barriers – Albany Creek and The Gap

Termite Barriers - Albany Creek and The Gap

While we all know that in Queensland (and this is especially true here in North Brisbane), having your home adequately protected against subterranean termites is essential. And for many homes, the best and most efficient method of protection is a Termite Treated Zone – or what most […]

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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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Suicidal Termites – NewScientist Aug 2012

 The NewScientist weekly magazine had an article that made for some very interesting reading – Suicidal Termites spew toxic brew. Old-aged termites go out with a bang, taking enemies with them. Jan Sobotnik from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Thomas Bourguignon from the […]

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Dry-Wood Termite Indentification – Brisbane

At Conquer Termites we specialize in identifying the type of termites that might be attacking your home. This is important to implement the most appropriate treatment. We would normally identify the type of subterranean termite from it’s solider caste. They are quite distinctive by head shape and […]

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Termites coming out of the wall in Morningside 4170

You know you have a big termite problem when they start to build their nest out of the wall and on to your sofa. This is the situation a homeowner in Morningside Brisbane experienced this weekend. She pulled the sofa away from the wall to clean and […]

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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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Thermal Inspection – Robertson

Thermal Inspection - Robertson

It was a rainy Saturday in Robertson, while we were installing a chemical treatment we received a phone call from a worried customer in Robertson. On the phone the customer informed me he inspects his house regularly for termites and has just spotted what seemed like mud […]

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Termites – Brisbane and the Big Wet

Termites - Brisbane and the Big Wet

If you live in gorgeous Brisbane, you will know, love or hate the climate we live in. Unfortunately Subterranean Termites also love our high humidity and our beautiful weather. Brisbane is a sub-tropical city and most summer days are fine, hot and humid. When we have a […]

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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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The Ultimate Termite Treatment – Mt Gravatt

When faced with a difficult challenge, Conquer Termites takes pride in providing Homeowners with treatment advice that is most appropriate for the house. There is not one approach that suite all structures. Some house can easily be treated with a chemical treatment by trenching and drill/injection. Some […]

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The Importance of a Termite Treatment – Morningside

Many Homeowners ask us this single question – “what is the best thing to do about termites?” Without hesitation, we state that you should ensure the house is protected by a current chemical treatment. This advice became very pertinent to Matthew Green, a homeowner in Morningside, Brisbane. […]

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Termite Treatment – Runcorn – Possum Man Finds Termites In Roof

The moral of this story is “we recommend regular termite inspections”. It was just before Christmas 2011 when we had a worried customer ring asking us for a free quote and some well needed professional advice from a qualified technician, she had contacted the right people Conquer […]

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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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DIY Termite Treatment – how not to do it!

DIY Termite Treatment - how not to do it!

There are many things that you have to love about the Australia male. One of the most enduring characteristics is his desire to do things himself. I’m not talking about the sissy urban pursuit of purchasing a flat pack from Ikea and arming himself with an Allen-key. […]

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Important Preparation for a Termite Inspection – An Albany Creek Case Study

Important Preparation for a Termite Inspection – An Albany Creek Case Study

Important Preparation for a Termite Inspection – An Albany Creek Case Study From time to time, when booking a termite inspection, a client will ask us whether it is necessary to move furniture or stored items before we come.  And while we certainly don’t aim to inconvenience […]

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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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A tricky termite treatment in Camp Hill – lifting a timber deck

A tricky termite treatment in Camp Hill - lifting a timber deck

We all enjoy the wonderful lifestyle Queensland South East has to offer – warmer winters and outdoor entertaining with friends and family, to name a few. And a “must have” to maximize that lifestyle is a deck with a six burner BBQ. But sadly, not much consideration […]

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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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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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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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Pest controlling a boat – Manly Royal Yacht Squadron

We often get called out to tackle tricky jobs. One that causes a certain challenge was when we pest controlled an 80 ft. luxury yacht at the Manly Royal Yacht Squadron for cockroaches. You cannot spray the outside perimeter nor do roofs void dusting. Basically you need to […]

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What is a Termidor termite treatment?

The subject of which termite treatment is “the best” is the one area which usually causes the most confusion for consumers, largely as a result of conflicting opinions, recommendations and prices they may receive from different companies. What is the right chemical? …….What is the right treatment? […]

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Homeguard termite proofing has many applications

NO JOB TOO HARD Some houses in Brisbane make technicians really think outside the square. Not only do we need to keep termites out of the house for 8 years but we also need to retreat the house in 8 years time. Take a look at these […]

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