This is a rough guide to termites which aims to
- help people with termites pest problems,
- introduce termites for students,
and also to
- be a resource for the just plain curious (like me and possibly, you)
Apologies if last time you came here you found little content. We had a PHP glitch some months back, but things are (almost) back to normal.
A jumble of information derived from answers to termite questions from people around the world. You can learn lots about termites, what they are and what they do, about avoiding termite problems, how to get rid of termites if you have them and how not to get rid of termites. Warning: some people may be overwhelmed by the amount of information. Better to aim to be just whelmed by searching through to the particular information you require. Do please use the search box.
In my part of Southern Australia (yes, I probably live on a different continent) it is a little too warm even though it is Spring. Life is not hard for termites this year. In the Northern Hemisphere things seems to be hot and reports of termite problems are on the rise. If you have any concerns or have been flooded, right now is a good time to have your home professionally inspected. If you are super-confident, infallible (& rich enough to bet-the-whole-house) then, by all means, do your own inspection, but really it is better to employ a specialist..
Where’s Wally Don?
Back from a six week tour of Europe and pre-Brexit England, it is time to face the work piled up. There’s field biologist surveys, a Standard to be finished, contract research and the usual consultancies and expert witness assessments and as well, Don’s teaching at Melbourne Polytechnic with classes covering the Australian pest management competencies, specialist termite skills and the units to achieve a Certificate III qualification Teaching is mostly done in day blocks with the learning manual tasks and more of the lessons available online, any time. Classes run through the year and are cost competitive. Interstate and International students are most welcome. Enrolments close soon for the September start.
Heavily into working on the update of the Australian subterranean termite management standard, AS 3660.2 (2000), which has to transition from “Guidelines” to mandatory provisions and so needs a near-complete re-write. Not an easy task. The will soon be available for public comment.
Finished off a chapter looking at how termites respond to climate change which is in the works for CAB and due out in December. There’s a quick introduction to termite ecology for a visiting professional group from the FCBA. Next big outing is at the FAOPMA conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland on 16 Sept. Do come come and hear my talk. Then there’s the incipient Institute of Pest Risk Management ‘s first outing in Melbourne. Meanwhile, the accumulated work must be done.
Why Dr Don’s Termite Pages?
Working at CSIRO, about 20 years ago, I was spending far too much time answering telephone queries from the public (instead of getting my own work done). So I created a dawn-of-the-web homepage hoping to make my answers accessible. When I started this site, Alta Vista (the original search tool) indexed only 35 pages that contained the word “termite” in the whole of the web. Now Google report well over 12 million pages that include “termite”. Unfortunately, lots of those termite pages don’t necessarily deliver anything helpful to you. Some talk utter rubbish. Be very wary out there, particularly where people are trying to sell you stuff.
For the first few years after CSIRO these pages were at Labyrinth and some old links still point there. Please let me know if you find any of those old links. The move to drdons.net meant I have a lot more control but that move and this update has cost a lot on the Page ranking scale.
When this all began, back at CSIRO, each month only about a thousand people would drop by. Now the site averages thousands of hits per day. I wish that 2 million people would also read my research papers! Please feel free to drop me a note.
What’s with the odd title photo?
OK, the eagle-eyed or just well trained my have noticed that the current title photo isn’t of termite damage. It is of damage by gribbles (marine isopods of the family Limnoriidae) to a piece of ship timber at the IBTC wooden boat college in Portsmouth, UK.