Interesting termite facts

Every year termite infestations cause millions of dollars in damage to timber in homes across Australia.  In most cases the foraging termites are eating away at the timbers and are undetected until the damage is severe and costly to repair.  Termites are also known as ‘White Ants’ and are grouped into two basic categories; drywood termites and subterranean termites.  Subterranean termites are generally the main threat.  Within each category you will find soldier termites, worker termites and reproductive termites each contributing to the success of the colony.  The worker termites make up the majority of the colony, they are sterile, wingless and blind; they are responsible for building the nest, gathering food and tending to the eggs and the young.  The soldier termites are also sterile, wingless and blind, they are responsible for protecting the colony against predators for example ants.  The reproductive termites are the colonies potential king and queens.   Termites can build their nests underground, in large pieces of timber, high up in trees trees or inside tree trunks.  Tree stumps are ideal for termites to nest in; it is for this reason we will always recommend to remove stumps found in yards, however we are aware that sometimes it is not affordable nor practical to do which is why we recommend the option to treat the stumps chemically.  Termites live in colonies in the nests they build; a mature colony can have anywhere from several hundred to several million individual termites.  Some subterranean queens can lay up to 2000 eggs per day.  A single colony can exist for as long as 50 years.  Below is a map showing high hazard areas for subterranean termite infestations.  As you can see the Sunshine Coast area is considered very high risk.  We recommend that home owners be vigilant in protecting their homes by having regular termite inspections and installing termite management systems.

map of termites in australia

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