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)
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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. Please do make use of the search box.
In my part of Southern Australia (yes, I probably live on a different continent) it is winter. We have had a warmer Autumn (Fall) than average, but that happens every year now.The termite flights have been light and hard to predict. Lie fis getting easier for termites and they are mostly huddled close to home. In the Northern Hemisphere activity is high In the topics, If you have any concerns or have been flooded, right now is a good time to have your home professionally inspected and any necessary remedial works undertaken. 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?
There’s field biologist surveys, a Standard to be updated, contract research, some fun training and the usual consultancies and expert witness assessments. Don’s teaching is being revamped at Melbourne Polytechnic with updated 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 (hopefully) available online, any time. Classes run through the year and are cost competitive. Interstate and International students are most welcome.
Big project is assisting The Institute of Pest Risk Management to grow quickly. So, I see a lot of desk time.
Malaysia in May training 180+ pest technicians from seven Asian countries was a great challenge but core principles are generally applicable and just need to be tweaked for each area’s specific needs. Expect to be doing that again. .
Industry challenge at the moment is still the way the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) implemented the 2014 Standards from May 1 2017 and required existing products, systems and chemicals to have assessment to AS 3660.3-2014. There’s barely been time to do the testing. See the AEPMA Newsletter. A re-worked and fully updated AS 3660.2 for managing termites in existing building is out and creating a bit of fear in the market. The transition from comfortable “Guidelines” to more rigid “mandatory provisions” the ‘should’ bits becoming ‘shall’ will always ruffle some feathers. As usual, industry is slow to deal with the new National Construction Code requirements and several big-name suppliers are off doing non-compliant things. Update training for Australian installers is critical.
Why Dr Don’s Termite Pages?
Working at CSIRO, about 24 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 (At an experimental site proviced by Baylor University in TX) 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 reports well over 24 million pages that include “termite”. Unfortunately, lots of those termite pages don’t necessarily deliver anything helpful to you. Some of it is utter rubbish. Be very wary out there, particularly where people are trying to sell you magical 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 many thousands of hits each day. I wish that 3 million plus people would also read my research papers! Please feel free to drop me a note.
What’s with the odd title photo?
These carton constructions of Coptotermes frenchi are under a wooden floor in a church that’s well over 100 years old. The constructions enable condensed moisture to be collected. Why do termites so like churches?