Although there are many species of termites on the Gold Coast the two main species responsible for attacking homes and businesses are, Coptotermes acinaciformis and Schedorhinotermes intermedius.
The above mentioned species of termite found on the Gold Coast are all subterranean types – meaning they build a large central nest under the ground but can also nest in old stumps and the hollow of large logs.
From here they move out through tunnels or covered galleries (mud tubes) to forage. Their objective is to find a source of wood to eat and they never stop eating. Termites will enter your house from the ground by any means possible, up walls or over piers or even through tiny cracks in concrete slabs.
To avoid exposure, the termites build and travel in covered galleries where necessary.
Subterranean termites need to maintain contact with the nest for a source of moisture. However, any damp areas or leaks in and around the house will provide the required moisture and encourage infestation. Sometimes the termites will set up a nest inside your home, usually in the walls and use that as their base.
The only way to make sure your house is free of infestation is to have it checked by a competent, well trained, professional termite eradicator.