Termites are generally classified as one of the most successful insects in history.
They have a presence on almost every continent on earth except Antarctica and their colonies can span from a few hundred to several million.How many different types of termites are there?
There are over 3000 species of termites on earth, however, a third of those are found in Africa while in Australia there are over 360 different types of the little buggers.How big can termites grow?
You will usually find that termites grow between 4 to 15 millimetres in length. The exception here is the Queen of the species Macrotermes bellicosus which can grow up to 10 centimetres long!How much damage can termites do?
The fact they love eating wood ensures that termites can cause plenty of damage to unprotected homes and wooden structures.Is the presence of termite damage clearly visible?
No. They have a habit of remaining concealed when they are doing their dirty work. That means they can excavate through wood and leave a thin layer on top so you wouldn’t know they were there because there is no visible damage on the surface.
Of course not all termite damage is hidden. There are many occasions when you will see timber beams, trees and supports with some sort of termite damage.
Interestingly, less than 200 species of termites can actually cause damage.Reducing the Risk of Termite Attack
- Dispose stored timer
- Repair any leaking taps and pipes
- Remove any stump or dead trees
- Have regular termite inspections
- A/C drains and hot water tank overflow pipe needs to drained further away from the house or in to a drain
- Remove or replace any timber structures in contact with the soil and are attached to the building
- Any formwork left in place in the subfloor or under suspended slab to be removed
- Sub floor must be ventilated to prevent any moisture build up
If you are concerned about termites in your home there are a few ways of identifying signs of termites.
- Mud tunnels
- Blowholes in trees
- Earthen packing
- Excavation of wood
- Presence of alates
- Tree nests
- Collapsed timber