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Termites

Education on termite prevention and professional annual termite inspections are key to protecting your home and business from termites. Termites are often called the ‘silent destroyers’ as infestations start hidden behind walls, floor coverings and insulation and can remain undetected for years without immediate damage.

Small steps however, make a big difference in termite prevention and sustaining an effective termite treatment plan. Here is all you need to know to help deter termites from your property.

What do termites look like?

Castes are divisions within an insect species. Members of castes have marked physiological differences from those of other castes within the species.

Hear from Sophie Thorogood, Entomologist at our Global Research & Development Centre talk about how members within each caste: Workers, Soldiers, Alates (more commonly known as Swarmers) and Royals look different as they are specially adapted to perform specific functions within the termite colony.

 

Flying termites vs. flying ants

Termites look a lot like ants at first glance. There are subtle differences however, in their bodies and antennas, which can help tell them apart. Identifying the type of termite you are dealing with is key to deciding the most suitable termite control methods to use.

Here are the general differences in appearance between ants and termites:

  • Waist - Termites have a straight waist, while ants have a pinched waist
  • Antennae - Termites have straight antennae while ants have bent antennae
  • Wing length - Termites wings are the same length while ants have wings of different length

If you’ve noticed signs of termites or termite damage on your property and need help identifying termites, contact the termite experts at Western Exterminator.

Signs of termites

Termites are known as ‘silent invaders’ for good reason. There is often little visible to the untrained eye which indicates a termite infestation until the damage becomes severe. There are however, a number of telltale signs you can look out for:

Papery or hollow sounding timber

Termites consume from inside out, leaving a thin veneer of timber or paint

Piles of wings around light sources

Reproductives (alates) shed their wings after finding new locations to start a colony

‘Sand’ or pellets in unexpected places

What appears to be coarse grains of sand may be termite fecal pellets

Termite mud

Provides subterranean termites safe passage to travel or protect their food sources.

Look out for the signs termites leave in their wake and with diligent termite inspections, you’ll be able to identify an infestation before too much damage is done.

How to get rid of termites

A termite infestation on your property can be a very stressful experience. The quickest way to get rid of termites is to engage a pest control professional. Western Exterminator’s experts will advise on a termite treatment plan custom to your needs and provide recommendations on how to make your property a less attractive target. Some of these methods include:

  • Removing stored timber, debris and cellulose materials from under, in and around the property

  • Repairing leaking taps and pipes

  • Ensuring that vents to sub-floor areas are not obstructed or blocked

  • Fitting attic and foundation vents with bug screens

  • Diverting all hot water services and air conditioning overflows away from the side of the property

  • Practicing good maintenance of all exterior wood surfaces

  • Constructing timber fences, decks and support posts with a 50mm clearance between the timbers and soil

  • Removing climbing plants or bushy gardens from the side of the property

  • Removing dead trees and stumps

What to do if you’ve got termites

The most effective type of termite treatment is dependent on the species of termite, the location of your property, the severity of the infestation and the construction of your property. Western Exterminator termite inspectors assess each infestation prior to recommending a treatment custom to your needs.

You may be tempted to try a DIY termite removal method such as orange oil, but the most guaranteed solution is to call in the Westen Exterminator professionals. Some of our termite control solutions include:

At Western Exterminator, we never arrive ready to sell you a predetermined pest control product or solution - imagine if your doctor prescribed medication before an examination! We recommend only the proven methods that will most effectively eliminate your termite infestation following a thorough termite inspection of your property.

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Flying termites

Termite swarms occur during the warmer weather, homeowners who live in areas such as Phoenix, Los Angeles, North Las Vegas, and Burlingame should be on the lookout for flying termites around late spring and summer. Winged termites swarming around can be distressing, learn everything you should know about flying termites to mitigate the risk of the rising termite pressure this summer.

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