Termites and other pests which infest timber can wreak havoc on your home, causing structural damage that is extremely costly to repair. The key to lowering the cost of termite-related repairs is to conduct frequent termite inspections in order to detect problems early.
All about termites
Often referred to as white ants, termites are insects which devour wood and most cellulose containing materials like cardboard, paper, etc. There are great variations in the colour, shape and size of termites depending upon the species but they are all characterised by certain similarities. These critters fall under the order Isoptera, and are closely related to cockroaches on the evolutionary scale. Despite their name white ant, they bear no relation to the ant family.
Termites are social insects, living together in colonies. Some, like the magnetic termite, reside in above-ground mounds. Others, like the Nasutitermes type, reside all the way up in trees and telephone poles where they build arboreal nests. Others, like the Coptotermes species, can be found in tree stumps or at the base of trees. Termites may also be found hiding in the walls and rooves of residences. If you'd like to know more, give us a ring on 13 14 40.
Termite colonies can contain up to several million termites. The insects in each colony are divided into castes which determine their activities. Termites in the worker caste are responsible for digging tunnels and ensuring food supply. Soldiers prevent intruders from harming the colony, while reproductive termites' or alates' main job is to perpetuate the species through an annual colonizing flight. Soldier and worker termites are unable to reproduce. Termites are active 24/7 – 365 days per year.
Are termites and white ants the same thing?
White ant is the common name for termites of which there are many species. While termite is the correct term, they are often called white ants due to their appearance. They resemble ants and are a milky white colour.