Termites are found throughout most developed areas of Australia. There are over 300 known species of termites in Australia. Not all termite species are a threat to homes; in fact most species are non-damaging to timbers in service like the structural and decorative timbers inside your home.
Below is the CSIRO Termite Hazard Map showing the risk of termite attack to homes and structures.
Termites are colonising insects closely related to bees. They live in large nests, which can contain millions of individual termites. Within each colony are specific members with important roles to play.
Queen: This lucky lady has the sole role of producing the eggs and young termites. A mature queen can produce anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000 eggs every single day. In some colonies she may live for at least 50 years.
King: Purely there to fertilise the queens eggs. The king is regularly replaced by other reproductive males.
Soldier: These guys are the Generals of the termite army. They are blind and sterile and are responsible for giving orders to the worker termites and defending the nest from attack. (Based on the size and shape of the soldier’s head, we can determine one species of termite from the next.
Worker: The most numerous member of the termite colony, there can be literally millions of these guys in a typical nest. They construct the nest and feed on timber, which they then pass onto to the other members of the nest as food. They are also blind and sterile.
Have you ever seen these guys flying around your home during a hot summer’s night?
They are reproductive termites with wings. They are either male or female; they have eyes and reproductive organs. They will become the future King or Queens of new colonies.
These termites develop within mature termite colonies waiting for the right conditions to leave the nest, find a mate and start a new nest. They usually fly out from the original nest from late October through to March, usually on dusk when the humidity is high.
They will meet up with another alate of the opposite sex and find a suitable area to start a new nest (Usually somewhere dark and moist in a garden bed, at the base of a tree, tree stump or retaining wall).
Quite often they mistakenly find their way into homes through the roof or opened doors and windows. No, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO EAT YOUR HOME! They don’t even have the capability to eat your home. They are only interested in finding a mate and starting a new nest. If they do not find a suitable dark damp area by midday the following day, most will die. In fact, of the thousands that leave the original colony only a very small percentage will survive long enough to find a mate and start a new nest.
If you find these termites in your home its definitely a good idea to book in for a termite inspection as often the original nest may be close by. In some rare cases the original nest may already be attacking you home.
There are approximately 5 to 6 species of termites that are a threat to homes and service timbers that are commonly found on the Gold Coast and South East Queensland.
It is very important when choosing a Termite Professional that you pick someone that has at least 5 years experience in the pest management industry, that way they will have sound knowledge of the different types of termites, how to identify them and more importantly how to treat them.
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