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Termites

There are over 300 species of termites in Australia however there are only a 25 species of concern and they are categorized in the following species names: Coptotermes, Heterotermes, Mastotermes, Microcerotermes, Nasutitermes and Shedorhinotermes. There are several types of termites that include drywood termites, dampwood termites and subterranean termites. The subterranean termite does the most extensive damage to homes in Australia. Termites cause more damage than fire, floods & cyclones put together and with a cost of about 1 billion dollars each year in Australia it is no wonder that home insurance won’t cover the damage to your home which can be up to $100, 000 in some cases. 30% of Australian homes have termites, therefore when breaking this down into High Risk suburbs in Western Sydney such as Penrith, Glenmore Park, Emu Plains, Campbelltown, Narellan, Oran Park, Oran Grove and Gregory Hills and surrounding areas one could say that on average 30% of these homes will soon or later have termite presence.

Now that is very concerning so if there are 30 homes in a street then on average 9 of the homes may have or eventually have termite activity. Being visual between inspections is helpful so as to call in a professional to address potential termite activity in your home; clues of termite activity include but not restricted to are mud trails, blistering paint, small holes in walls, faint tapping in walls at night, termite swamers flying in or around your home, the ability to poke your finger through an architrave or skirting board. Have your home inspected twice a year to reduce the risk of extensive termite damage; this will actually save you money in the long run. It is human nature for us to feel it won’t be our home that gets attacked by termites. However, termites view our homes as trees and when one looks at it in this perspective then the likelihood of attack is quite high; thus the fact that the CSIRO Termite Hazard Mapping indicates a high risk of termite attack in your area including Sydney and Western Sydney termite attack zones.

Since termites are soft bodied insects, they remain hidden from sight due to adverse affects from sunshine and fresh air as they will not be able to survive in these conditions. They are commonly called white ants but this is just a slang name they actually aren’t an ant, they come from the cockroach family. In spring, people often see flying insects swarming out of cracks from their floor or walls and they mistake them for flying ants when they actually are flying termites called Alates. They are different to flying ants and the most easiest way to tell a termite from an ant is that ant bodies are segmented; in simple terms ants have a pinched waste line where as termite bodies are not segmented and do not have a pinched waist line. The ant also has bent antennae like an elbow where as termites antennae are much straighter and do not display an elbow affect.

The Queen termite can live over 25 years and can lay over 2000 eggs a day. The termite worker is the one who feeds the queen termite as well as the termite soldiers; termite workers are the ones who do most of the damage to homes throughout the world. Termites are blind insects and never sleep, they are very persistent in getting around things to reach there destination; 24 hours a day, that is why if there are any weaknesses in termite barriers whether physical or chemical the termites will ultimately find it. The soldier termites are few in numbers and are responsible for the defense of the termite colony, some have fierce fighting mouth parts whilst others squirt acid from their heads. Soldier termites often sacrifice themselves in their attempt to save the colony from attack to protect their queen.

Therefore, next time you see a flying insect that looks like a flying ant have a closer look and if its coming from your home try and identify the area and call a local professional termite inspector specialist such as Hertz Pest Control. Your home will need a thorough termite inspection so don’t settle for a 1 hour termite inspection service when you can have a termite specialist inspecting your home for 2 hours using a variety of specialised tools such as thermal imaging camera, sound sensors, and moisture detectors, physical and visible inspections. Moreover, we use high powered flood lighting to turn darkness into daylight; going up into a roof void using a simple torch just does not cut it, for our company.

We have included a couple of video links that will give you an insight on termites

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCYT6BysTv4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXbo5ubYS9I