Flying termites are winged insects that consume plant materials based on cellulose. These pests can cause structural damage to any property. Your furniture, any door, floor, or window frame can be feeding areas for termites.
This article discusses ways to identify and recognise termite damage and protect your property from flying termites or termites, in general, destroying your property.
Once thought that termites had a particular season, they would be more active, but we have seen termites active all year round in Canberra. When we were initially locked down with COVID19, we had people working from home who were renovating, and that was when property owners discovered either flying termites or live termites that they had not noticed before.
In reality, if the property owners were not home renovating due to COVID19, they would not know they had termites silently attacking their property, causing more damage the longer the termites went undetected.
Termites grow their colonies in trees where the Queen termite is capable of producing up to 30,000 live termites a day! And of course, with this number of hungry termites in the nursery, the job of the soldier termite who can travel up to 60 meters from the nest in an effort to find timber to feed the growing number of baby termites.
Did you know that termites cause more damage to Australian homes than fires, floods, and other natural disasters?
FLYING TERMITES or sometimes known as flying ants are an indication that termites are in the area. In that case, this should alert you as a warning sign of two potential dangers:
- That you have termites in close proximity
- The flying termites are looking to start a new colony.
If you see termites flying around your property – call a professional termite expert,
A1 Pest Control Canberra, as soon as possible.
What does flying termite look like?
The flying termite is usually light gold in colour and typically have six legs. It has two small antennae that are often straight with a slight curve and can generally be distinguished by its thick body made of only one part.
It has two large, translucent wings on either side of its body, sometimes as large as 3 centimetres per wing, and has a clean appearance.
A termite colony consists of three groups, and the subterranean termite is the type of species that can produce wings and fly. In this termite group, there can only ever be one future Queen and King to start a new termite colony, and the remainder will become workers or soldier termites.
With the number of airborne flying termites, there is generally only about 10 per cent of termites who will successfully find a mate and start a new colony.
Things to look out for are that your property may have a termite problem.
- A swarm of winged insects with straight and beaded antennae
- Mud concentrations on wooden beams and exterior walls
- Cracked wood or paint
- Frass (termite droppings)
- Blisters on laminated floors
- Buckles on ceilings that appear as slight water damage
- Cavities and cracks on walls
How Serious Are Flying Termites?
Flying Termites are among the harmful insects found in or near properties. The colonies take about three to six years to mature to the point that the colony builds alates. As long as the colony is active, worker termites that feed on wood can create costly damage to buildings.
Termite infestations can continue for many years until the damage reveals itself through evidence of mud pipes, cracks, or collapse of wooden buildings. A flying termite swarm is a warning sign of potential danger for homeowners.
Tips To Protect Your Home From Flying Termites
There are precautions you can take to reduce the chances of an underground flying termite gaining access to your home.
The first thing is to install screens on your windows and doors, making sure they remain free of holes and tears. It is crucial to be aware of any leaking pipes or dripping taps as termites thrive in damp areas; ensure you call in a plumber early to treat as soon as possible.
Keeping mulch and any other untreated firewood or timber away from your home and making sure to keep weep holes clear to ensure it is maintained and ventilated are a few different ways to keep flying termites out of your home.
It’s also worth considering your outdoor lighting source, which can negatively and positively associate with flying termites. Furthermore, the light source will attract termites but on the other hand, that itself will alert you that the termites are starting to the colony, and it’s time for you to get a termite inspection.
How to Get Rid of Flying Termites?
A1 Pest Control Canberra are experts when it comes to termites; their approach is simple, and it is a 4 part process.
- Termite inspection
- Discuss with you their findings
- Treatment if live termites are found
- Protection of your property in the way of termite barriers
The team offers state-of-the-art technology for a termite inspection.
1. Thermal Imaging
Thermal imaging is the latest technology to pick up body heat and movement from termites. It will pick up plumbing and electrical issues, which is a bonus for people buying a property to be aware of any costly problems before purchasing a property.
2. Visual Inspections
This requires using various tools to look for abnormalities in the support beams, plate, door, wall, floor, and window frames. Like thermal imaging, the visual inspection will go outside and check the property’s exterior, garage, fence line, and trees.
With the inspections come recommendations on their findings to fix problem areas that can attract termites.
A1 Pest Control Canberra have supplied a comprehensive termite inspection report that accompanies all inspections.
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