The West Indian drywood termite is an introduced species in Australia and considered the world´s most destructive drywood termite. It has caused considerable economic damage to timber-in-service in Brisbane, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Townsville.
Drywood termites generally cause moderate damage to timber structures in coastal areas and adjacent tablelands in Queensland. Each of the four introduced species has a restricted distribution within this zone, but the native species (Cryptotermes primus) is more widespread. Other native species are of little economic importance.
Knowing the habits of drywood termites and regular house inspections are the best insurance against these pests. The West Indian drywood termite is restricted matter and the department must be notified of its possible presence. Treatment, at present, is undertaken and supervised without cost to the householder. Accurate species identification is recommended before treatment is implemented. Find out more about drywood termites in Queensland.
Cryptotermes brevis (introduced)
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