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What are termites?

Termites are small insects that can eat and digest wood. They live in large colonies much the same as ants do. Because they can eat wood and often attack in large numbers they can seriously damage the things we make out of wood . . . such as our homes and many of the things we keep inside them.
If you are concerned about termites it is important that you understand a few things about them. The first step is to learn what kind of termites you are dealing with . . .
Three Kinds of Termites

If you have termites in your home or business it is likely they are either subterranean termites or drywood termites.


Termites have a very large family tree. There are over 2,000 species of termites worldwide. The 2,000 species are divided into three main groups:
mastotermesSubterranean Termites build their nests underground. (Approx. 1,500 species worldwide.)
The queen and king remain in the underground colony while the termite workers are constantly foraging for food. They construct an elaborate system of underground tunnels leading from the nest to their various food sources. An old subterranean termite colony may contain hundreds of thousands of workers and forage in an area approaching the size of a football field! Because of the numbers of insects involved and their ability to survive in a wider range of climates, subterranean termites are generally considered the most destructive in terms of property damage.


cryptotermesDrywood Termites build their nests inside the wood. (Approx. 400 species worldwide.)
Colonies start with a mated pair that burrows into exposed woodwork where they build their nest inside the wood. Over time as the colony grows they may forage into connected wood members and eventually do significant damage to framing members of a building. Drywood termite colonies tend to remain fairly small (less than 6,000 - 8,000 members).

porotermesDampwood Termites build their nest inside wood that is wet or damp. (Approx 100 - 200 species worldwide.)
These are the largest of the termites in terms of body size. Their winged reproductives may look much like a very large drywood termite swarmer. They build their nests in wood that remains damp throughout the year. They must remain inside the damp wood because they are so vulnerable to dehydration. If exposed to the open air they will usually dehydrate and die in very short time. Dampwood termites are rarely a problem to homeowners.

If you think you have seen Termites in your home or yard then you are possibly correct.

What should you do?

Check you do not have any of these conditions.

Sub-floor , leaks beneath the floors of the wet areas such as bathrooms, laundry, toilets.

Timber Fences has mud lines and is damaged, do you have any trees and stumps on the property.


If you do it is best that you remove these risks as soon as possible.

If you are unsure or suspect that termites are in your yard you should get a Professional Inspection.
 
A termite inspection carried out by a licensed technician and according to the Australian Standards AS 3660 & AS 4349.3 will give you a thorough report on the condition of your home.
 
It will tell you:
 
If you have termites & the extent of any damage.
 
If you have had any old termite damage.
If your home is susceptible to attack & what steps you need to take to remove this threat.

Give you peace of mind & a guarantee that your home is Termite safe.
 
Termites can cause tens of thousands of dollars $$$ worth of damage to your home.
 
Inspecting your home yearly will be a whole lot cheaper!

We are working in your local area and can give you a FREE Quoatition call us on 1300 822 800.

 

King and Queen Termites REPRODUCTIVES:
The King and Queen termite are central to any vibrant termite colony, with the Queen acting as an egg-laying machine producing between 2,000 and 3,000 eggs per day. The Queen can live for 25 years. The King and Queen are formed from A'lates (winged termites) when a new nest is formed.
Alates Termite (Swarmer) A'LATES:
A'Lates are darker coloured, winged, reproductive's that fly from the nest in their thousands, eager to establish a new colony. Because A'Lates are poor flyers they generally only fly some 50 – 100 metres from the parent nest. As such when observing flying A‘Lates you can generally assume a termite nest is near-by. A'Lates form an airborne termite swarm when establishing new colonies.
Soldier Termite SOLDIERS:
The soldier caste protects the colony from invasion by other insects. Soldier termites excrete a substance which repels the termite's enemies and can crush them as well. Soldier termites are fed and groomed by the workers as they are unable to feed themselves.
Working Class Termite WORKERS:
This caste provides all of the labour for the colony including searching for and collecting food, feeding all other castes and immature's, grooming others within the colony, cleaning, maintenance and building for the colony. Workers digest the cellulose and funghi in wood and feed the other castes by oral and anal secretions.
 
 
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