I’ve seen a winged insect which I know is a flying termite in my home. Do I have termites now?
Termite Alates (Future Kings and Queens of the termite world) If you are seeing these guys and girls flying around, landing, dropping their wings it means they are looking for a new home to have happy families and make more termites. Don’t panic it just means there is a nest near your place where they have taken flight from. It is a reminder that termite season is well under way as it gets warmer so best you get an inspection if you haven’t for a while or at all. There may not be a nest in your yard but most species will travel up to 2 km to feed. These flying alates are relatively harmless unless they get established but that is unlikely to happen in your house for the majority of species so don’t panic. Just give Pest Worx QLD a call on 4662 4448 to arrange an inspection.
What do termites look like?
Subterranean termites (the ones usually found in homes) are around the same size as a black ant except they are pale in colour (which is why they are called “white ants”). If you look very closely termites have two sections to their body but ants have three.
Soldier termites have a brown head. Winged termites are called alates. Sometimes confused for moths, the allates fly out from the colony in search of a new environment in which to reproduce and develop a new colony.
Are termites covered by my home insurance?
Don’t be surprised to find that your current building insurance does no cover you against the structural damage that termites cause. Most, if not all, insurance policies specifically exclude structural timber damage cause by termites. How would you like the peace of mind of knowing that if termites invade your home and caused structural damage, you wouldn’t have to pay the repair bill? TimberSercure is a five year termite insurance policy designed to give you peace of mind following the installation of an approved termite management system.
How do termites infest my house?
Termites can squeeze through very small cracks and holes, using timber in contact with the ground, via “mud tunnels” from the ground, through cracks in concrete, by pipe penetrations through the slab or foundation walls.