The Seasonal Swarming of Termites!

by 1300PestControl on May 30, 2016

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We generally think of Termites as white in colour with an almost translucent appearance, wingless, completely blind (in most termite species), and live in fully enclosed conditions void of light.

 

When the weather warms up so do the activity levels of many of the household pests we come in contact with, particularly when it comes to our outdoors. One such beast is the Termite Alate, or more commonly known as the Termite Swarmer.

 

Termite Alates however are winged with black pigmentation and have well developed eyes. They are specially produced reproductives who primary job is to mate, firstly finding an Alate of the opposite sex and then bed down in an acceptable new home location such as a damp and decayed tree stump and commence mating. The female will lay a few dozen eggs in the hope to raise these offspring to carry on the workings of the newly established colony.

 

A swarm can be quite a sight, and usually occur in the warmers months from Spring to Autumn and closely following a good downpour or rainy conditions.  One minute there is no insect activity and the next you think that a part of the sky has greyed as the sheer density of a swarm can be truly a visual spectacular.

 

If you are not home you can work out if you have experienced a swarm by the number of dead insects piled within a close proximity.  Although they have wings they are extremely weak flyers and will fall & loose their wings in even the lightest of winds, less than 5km p/hr.

 

If you have experienced a swarm then the first thing to do is not to panic and not to douse the beasts with your Bagon or Mortein or whatever the household insecticide of choice may be.  The swarm will only last for a short while.

 

The basic steps to follow are:

 

1.    Don’t Panic!  The Swarm could also be a swarm of ants instead of termites.

 

2.    Identify if you have Termites or Ants if possible.  Collect some samples.  Swarming Termites and Ants look similar however are not the same.  Alate Termites have thick, broad bodies with wings of similar size and shape extending from the body in a straight line.  Their antennae are either straight or curve outwards.  Ants have antennae that is short and bent in appearance.  Their bodies look segmented, that is the middle section is narrow with a wider upper and lower body area.  Their wings are uneven in size and shape, fanning wider than the body.  My basic take on it is the Termite is much like a man, broad and straight while the Ant is like the woman with more curves and more spectacular wings.

 

3.    If you have had Pest Inspections in the past or if there is a history of a Termite infestation/ damage then check to see if you are covered by any warranty.  So long as you have complied to an existing warranty you would be covered for follow up work from the same Pest Controller.  Termite damage and Pest Inspections are not generally covered through general Home Insurance Policies.

 

4.    If no existing warranties, call in a Professional Pest Controller to do a home inspection and show him the collected samples for further identification.  Be sure to choose a fully licenced and insured Pest Controller and don’t be afraid to get several quotes or to pre-qualify the company by talking to them over the phone prior to an appointment or through research.

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    • Moisture Meter – an electronic device that detects moisture migration.  Termites are almost 100% moisture and so this is a required tool in inspections.
    • Video Inspection/ Boroscope – allows inspectors to see inside of wall cavities, trees and other structures (only with the approval of the property owner).
    • Termatrac – Radar device. Termatrac is a valuable tool that is used to determine the likelihood of termite activity in a particular location.
    • Thermal Imaging – infrared technology that detects hot spots in wall cavities. Can assist in Termite Detection in conjunction with other methods of detection.
    • Inspection Probes (Sounding Donger)/ Listening devices – important for hearing termite activity within the buildings walls.
    • Pest Inspection Report – will be provided within 24 hours documenting termite activity and the risk of Termite Infestation.

 

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