Termites come from a family of social insects known as Isoptera. They are found all over the world in every type of climate from hot and dry to cool and wet. Termites can be identified by their long antennae, which they use for locating food sources that are up to 60 meters away; their narrow waist, which helps them to bore through wood with ease; a soft-ridged abdomen protecting its delicate gut region; six little pairs of legs on each side of its body, two mandibles at either end used for chewing and four wings helping it fly off into the air if danger approaches
Termites feed on wood by chewing through it using their strong jaws. They will eat anything made out of wood including furniture, decks, fences and even houses! The different types of termite found in Australia include:
Subterranean Termites – these are the most destructive type as they live underground and spend only about 20% of their time above ground;
Drywood Termites – these don’t require any contact with water to survive and are the most common type of termite found in Australia;
Dampwood Termites – these live inside wood that is constantly wet for a long period, such as hollow trees. They never actually eat through the wood themselves but instead feed on fungus growing within it;
Timber Termite Infestation – timber pests will infest your home if you don’t have regular pest inspections carried out by an expert. These are insects which include ants, beetles and moths.
It is not always easy to identify a termite infestation, which is why a timber pest inspection or a home inspection in Sydney where they check for such pests is a vital step in the process. Pest inspectors will be able to identify tell-tale signs of an infestation, such as damaged wood and damage on or around windowsills, doors and roofs. Mud tubes built by subterranean termites along foundation walls near ground level and termite swarms during mating season are also clues that indicate an infestation. So, if you see swarms of flying ants around your home then they may be looking for mates which indicates possible activity inside your house.
Pests are often found near termite nests so they can forage nearby when the food sources in their nest run out. They may also come from outdoor items brought into homes that have been affected by pests outside
So, how do you prevent a termite infestation in your home?
You can easily prevent a termite infestation in your home by following these steps:
Inspect any furniture you buy before bringing it into the house.
Ensure there are no cracks or gaps where water can enter and cause damage, such as around windows, doors and roofline.
Trim trees away from the house to reduce moisture content.
Make sure gutters are draining properly.