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For most Australians who live in areas where trees are endemic, the sight of a termite nest is a part of everyday life. Similar to getting the newspaper in the morning or drinking water, the sight of termites is much more common than one might expect—especially during certain times throughout the year. Over time, however, the sight of a termite nest near a home can definitely be a cause for concern, which may lead to some regrettable decisions being made. 


The reason “DIY” termite solutions don’t work

If you happen to see a rather-large termite nest on a tree around your home, don’t make the mistake of knocking it down out of fear that they might destroy your home. Trust us; it makes the problem 10 to 20 times worse. Now, while bringing a machete, a canister of gasoline and a matchbox is definitely not the right thing to do in this type of situation, we are here to tell you what you need to do with a termite nest.


The secret to taking down a termite nest doesn’t lie in “be-gone” insect sprays, acts of fire, or dangerous DIY methods. Treating a possible termite infestation problem requires considering several details to make the right moves so that every single pest can be taken out effectively for good. 


To better eliminate the presence of termites, we’ll go over everything that you need to know about dealing with a rather-large termite nest on a nearby tree.


What you see is different from what you’re supposed to treat

Unknown to most people, the termite mounds or nests that you see are only around five to ten per cent of the actual problem. The mud nest or termite mound is only a small fraction of the entire termite nest itself, with the rest of the termite nest being comprised of a rather-elaborate network that goes around the tree. To put an image of the name, think of a termite nest tree as something that looks like a regular conifer, but there are tunnels instead of branches (and it’s inside an actual tree). The queen termite is usually deep within the tree and not within the mound, as most people believe. 


Consider the aspect of property

Before carrying out any actions for treating the possible termite problem on your property, make sure to take the actual location of the tree into consideration. If the location of a termite nest’s tree is within the bounds of your property, make sure that you call the services of a professional to treat the problem. Most termite nest problems are solved with a chemical called Termidor, which effectively eradicates an entire colony from the mound to tree without any additional problems. 


On the other hand, if the termite-infested tree is not within your property, the best thing you can do is to let your neighbour know, as professional pest control companies are only allowed to work with the right authorization.


When left untreated, a termite nest or population can grow into an even bigger problem that can be very costly in overall damages. 

Every Australian deserves the right to live in a safe environment that poses no threats to their safety or well-being, especially when it comes to termite problems. Also, the presence of a termite nest on a tree is a sign of another termite nest nearby, which means that solving that problem can solve other problems. 

If you’re looking for a pest control service in Melbourne to help you get rid of termite nests, click here for termite control! We’re happy to help.