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Termites in Australia!

Termites in Australia!

 

Termites in Australia!
Termites in Australia!

 

There are five family groups of termites that is represented in Australia:

 

• Rhinotermitidar – 30 species
• Termitidae – 266 species
• Kalotermitidae – 46 species
• Mastotermitidae – 1 species
• Termopsidae – 5 species

 

There are three groups that classify termites.

 

• Subterranean – will usually build their colony underground, under patios and base of trees. Will build mud leads and underground tunnels.
• Dampwood – will usually build their colonies in timber landscaping, damp subfloors or damp wood.
• Drywood – will usually be found in tropical climates, will nest in drywood and does not need ground contact.

 

Description of termites!

 

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Did you know that termites are one of the most social insects that live on this planet, termites work and live together in groups. Each colony contains several types (castes). The castes are separated into three groups:

 

• Workers
• Soldiers
• Reproductives

 

Different species prefer different habitats such as Subterranean termites like soil and ground contact. They tend to build their nests underground. Subterranean termites can also create termite mounds that go above ground level. Mature colonies may reach up to two million individual termites and the queens are capable of laying 2000 eggs per day. Termite colonies can exist up to 50 years.

 

Termites in Australia!
Termites in Australia!

 

Behaviour of termites!

 

The Worker termite will dominate the colony population as their primary role is to build the nest, tend the eggs and young, and gather the food for the colony.

Worker termites are wingless, sterile, and blind.

 

The Soldier Termite is also wingless, sterile, and blind. There are two types of termites, Mandibulated with prominent jaws and the Nasute with a pronounced snout. Their primary function is to defend the colony.

 

The Reproductive termite has a functional reproductive system complete with wings and eyes. Termites will usually swarm around spring to early summer or late summer to early autumn. After swarming the termites will seek out a suitable place to form a new colony. The king shape really doesn’t differ but the queen’s abdomen becomes enormously distended with eggs.

 

Risks of termites!

 

Termites in Australia!
Termites in Australia!

 

termites also known as the silent destroyer, they can cause serious structural damage to your home or business. Termites can conceal themselves provides the perfect amount of time to cause considerable damage before they are discovered.

 

Termites in Australia!
Termites in Australia!

 

 

Further Reading:

Termites Castle HIll

Termites In Kellyville

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

Termites in Australia 

Alates? Termite control sydney

Alates? Termite control Sydney
Alates? Termite control sydney

 

What are Alates?

 

The word Alate refers to pest that is of a form of a social insect.

 

These can refer to Termite, Ants, Thrips and Aphids.

 

Females are often referred to queens or Gynes and the males are often referred to kings or drones.

 

In the past few days Termite Alates have taken flight across Sydney.  This happens when there has been abundance of rain and then high humidity and heat. Alates are poor flyers with their wings being very fragile and often breaking away from their body. A female Alate will attempt to attract a male Alate when they have settled from their flight in order to make their own colony and will reproduce.

 

So what does that mean for homeowners across Sydney?

 

Sydneysiders are now at risk of termites potentially setting up house in their place of home or business.

 

No one wants to think that their home or business could be damaged by termites and let alone these days with the economy rising who can afford all the repairs that come with termites and the damage that they can cause.

 

So what can you do to prepare for termites?

 

By Australian standards it is recommended that each premises has a prevention barrier and regular termite inspections. For homes in really bushy areas the CSIRO recommends that you have 6 monthly termite inspections and for areas that are not so busy every 12 months.

 

Below is something you can do to reduce the risk of termites attacking your premises.

 

  • Remove all debris from your subfloor and external areas
  • Remove bark and wood chippings
  • Remove any logs and sleepers
  • Replace of wooden fences that have wood rot in them
  • Hot water tank overflow pipe will need to be drained further away from your premises
  • Ventilation system will need to be put in place for those who have subfloors with high humidity as dark, damp and moist environments are a dream come true for termites
  • Do mini inspections on your premises, go around check to see if anything looks abnormal like timbers warping, paint bubbling or blistering, saw dust like material, changes in the colour of paint, cracks that may appear, water leaks and mud particles or mud leads.

 

Unfortunately Sydney homeowners are often unaware of termites chewing through their premises until it is either too late as their house has significant damage or their premises collapsed to the ground.

 

I know that I am always saying in my blogs, across social media or even to our clients on the phone how vital it is to have regular termite inspections done and a prevention barrier put into place as your homeowners insurance company will not pay you out if termites attack your premises if this has not been done.

 

I often say that homeowners and investors get the raw end of the banana as not only do they have to worry about mortgage repayments, day to day living and if you have kids their activities but you also have to worry about protecting your biggest investment you will ever have against termites.

 

Further Reading on Termites:

Termites Protect your home from termites

Termite what you can do around your home?

Alates? Termite control sydney

Termite Control Sydney

Termite Control Sydney

 

Termite Control Sydney
Termite Control Sydney

 

Termites have a specific role in their colony and are separated into three groups:

 

Reproductives

 

  • Queen – can live up to 50 years and pump out millions of baby termites. She will never leave the colony
  • King – his job is to fertilise the queen and will not leave the colony except at the start of the colony
  • Alates – will form their wings and when the perfect conditions arise they will leave the colony to form new colonies. This is usually when the humidity is just right

 

Soldiers – they are the front line when it comes to an attack of some sought.

 

Workers – will carry out all work which is needed such as building the colony and will distribute food.

 

There are three groups that classify termites.
  • Subterranean – will usually build their colony underground, under patios and base of trees. Will build mud leads and underground tunnels.
  • Dampwood – will usually build their colonies in timber landscaping, damp subfloors or damp wood.
  • Drywood – will usually be found in tropical climates, will nest in drywood and does not need ground contact.

 

There is two different shaped heads in termites which are:
  • Mandibulate head
  • Nasute head

 

AppearanceTermitesAnts
Body segmentsTwo segmentsThree segments
AntennaeVery straight beaded antennaeAntennae’s are elbowed
EyesBlind except AlatesCompounded eyes
ColourCreamy whiteBlack and reddish brown
WingsEqual length wingsOne wing longer than the other

 

 

Further Reading:

Termite Control Sydney

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

Termite High Risk Map Of Australia

Is your home protected from Termites?

Subterranean Termites

Dampwood Termites

Drywood Termites

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

What is an Alate?

 

The word Alate refers to pest that is of a form of a social insect.

 

These can refer to Termite, Ants, Thrips and Aphids.

 

Females are often referred to queens or Gynes and the males are often referred to kings or drones.

 

In the past few days Termite Alates have taken flight across Sydney.  This happens when there has been abundance of rain and then high humidity and heat. Alates are poor flyers with their wings being very fragile and often breaking away from their body. A female Alate will attempt to attract a male Alate when they have settled from their flight in order to make their own colony and will reproduce.

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

So what does that mean for homeowners across Sydney?

 

Sydneysiders are now at risk of termites potentially setting up house in their place of home or business.

 

No one wants to think that their home or business could be damaged by termites and let alone these days with the economy rising who can afford all the repairs that come with termites and the damage that they can cause.

 

So what can you do to prepare for termites?

 

By Australian standards it is recommended that each premises has a prevention barrier and regular termite inspections. For homes in really bushy areas the CSIRO recommends that you have 6 monthly termite inspections and for areas that are not so busy every 12 months.

 

Map supplied by CSIRO Australia.
Map supplied by CSIRO Australia.

 

Below is something you can do to reduce the risk of termites attacking your premises.

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

  • Remove all debris from your subfloor and external areas
  • Remove bark and wood chippings
  • Remove any logs and sleepers
  • Replace of wooden fences that have wood rot in them
  • Hot water tank overflow pipe will need to be drained further away from your premises
  • Ventilation system will need to be put in place for those who have subfloors with high humidity as dark, damp and moist environments are a dream come true for termites
  • Do mini inspections on your premises, go around check to see if anything looks abnormal like timbers warping, paint bubbling or blistering, saw dust like material, changes in the colour of paint, cracks that may appear, water leaks and mud particles or mud leads.

 

Unfortunately Sydney homeowners are often unaware of termites chewing through their premises until it is either too late as their house has significant damage or their premises collapsed to the ground.

 

I know that I am always saying in my blogs, across social media or even to our clients on the phone how vital it is to have regular termite inspections done and a prevention barrier put into place as your homeowners insurance company will not pay you out if termites attack your premises if this has not been done.

 

I often say that homeowners and investors get the raw end of the banana as not only do they have to worry about mortgage repayments, day to day living and if you have kids their activities but you also have to worry about protecting your biggest investment you will ever have against termites.

 

Further Reading For Termites:

Is your home protected from termites

Subterranean termites

Drywood Termites

Dampwood Termites

Termites in Kellyville

Termites Castle Hill

Is it important to  have a termite inspection

Termite Services

 

Termites Sydney