Termites

ABOUT TERMITES

Termites cause approx $1.5 billion dollars worth of damage to homes in Australia, which is more than fire and storm damage combined, because they work deep within the structure of the building and can cause extensive damage before they are discovered.

 

More commonly known as white ants these small creatures are hard to detect as they live and breed within the cavities of buildings and houses.

 

Termite infestation is usually recognised by the damage they have already caused.

 

Regular checking alleviates the need for costly repairs in the future.

 

Unlike other pests, these destructive creatures remain virtually undetected until the damage has already been done, Not only do termites damage wooden structures within your home, they also effect electrical wiring which could lead to short circuits or even fires.

Termite infestation is usually recognised by the damage they have already caused…by then, it can be too late.

Termites

(Isoptera)

Termites are quite small measuring between 4mm – 15mm long.

 

They are pale brown – white in colour.

They can sometimes be confused with ants.

 

Most termites are the workers, and they are completely blind, with no eyes.

The thorax of the termite consists of 3 segments like most insects.

They have cylindrical abdomens, grey to black bodies with dark orange-brown banded stout legs and a white patch at the tip of the abdomen.

Dampwood Termites like to live in damp, dying wood or in houses with leaky plumbing that keeps the wood constantly wet.

 

Drywood Termites are usually found in dry wood as they do not require moisture or direct contact with soil.

 

Formosan Termites live in large underground colonies, they build mud nests inside the walls of a building. They can also live in boats or buildings.

 

Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive.

Termites prefer dark, humid environments because their bodies are very prone to drying out.

 

It is very rare to spot them out in the opem. They will eat out the inside of timber often leaving no trace of their destruction from the outside.

 

Termites are responsible for large amounts of atmospheric methane production due to their digestive processes.

Termites go through 3 stages;

Egg –> Nymph –> Adult

 

It can take several months to go through these cycles.

 

A queen can lay between 1000 – 2000 eggs per day and can live up to 25 years in the right conditions.

Termites