Termites are often referred to as the most destructive pests in the world and there are over 300 species of termites within Australia. Unfortunately, termite damage and repair costs are NOT covered by home insurance.
The Australian Standard 3660.2 2000 recommends all homes receive an annual termite inspection. If your home is located in high-risk termite area, your inspections should occur at least bi-annually. At Core Pest Management, we send you reminders to ensure that your termite inspections are carried out within their required time frame.
Termites are attracted to moisture, particularly to areas around the home such as the irrigated garden beds or the soil around a leaking tap. They are also attracted to concealed areas around the home where moisture is present such as cavity walls, under baths, showers and other wet areas.
Termite's food source is cellulose which is food in trees, logs and plants. Obviously, cellulose is present in the timber used in the construction of most homes and buildings. This is why timber walls and roof frames are so susceptible to termite attack. Termites are also drawn to other areas of your home such as timber decking and timber floor boards; skirting boards and architraves; carpet strips; cardboard boxes; stacked paper/magazines and electrical cabling.
If you think you have found termites....DO NOT DISTURB THEM! Do not spray them with any household chemical!! Call us immediately to book an inspection. We will conduct a thorough inspection of your entire home and recommend the necessary steps to be taken in order to exterminate the problem.
Here are some ways to identify the differences:
While both species have four wings, termite wings are uniform in size.
Winged ants have noticeably larger wings in the front than the pair in the back.
Termites antennae are almost straight where the ant's antennae are elbowed.
The termite alate is the future king or queen.
Alates are the winged reproductives that swarm out from nests and establish new colonies. Males and females pair off and
look for a suitable environment to mate. Some people confuse them for moths.
The termite solider defends the colony.
The colony is defended by the soliders vehemently. They attack predatory enemies such as ants using their large jaws, sticky fluid
or chemical spray.
The termite workers as known as the 'doers'. The workers make up the largest number within the colony.
They do all the work with the exception of reproducing: feeding, grooming, excavating the nest and making the tunnels.
It is while the termite workers are doing their jobs that they cause destruction in your home or premises.
The termite queen and king give life to the colony - their function in the termite colony is to reproduce.
They start life as an Alate but leave their parent's colony, shed their wings and drop to the ground to seek out an environment
to nest. They care for their young until they are able to take over their duties of the colony.