Here in late October, termites are on the move across Melbourne – and they can fly!
If you’ve seen these little insects flying around and weren’t sure what they were, well, they’re termite alates, the scouts of the termite world, and they are announcing the beginning of termite season.
These flying insects are the reproductive caste within the termite colony, and they fly around looking for new food sources and the best place to start a new colony, which could be right inside your home.
1 in 4 homes will be affected by termites in Australia. Termites are extremely destructive, and they are masters at keeping their damage hidden from the home owner. They can eat out the inside of a supporting beam to the point of collapse, with no visible damage from the outside of the beam, causing major structural problems for your home before you even notice.
If you think your brick home is safe, take a drive through a new building estate and see the timber frame that makes up the supporting structure inside the home. It is this timber in your home that the termites target, and they can easily cause tens of thousands of dollars damage in just a few short months.
What can you do to avoid termite damage?
Limiting the obvious food sources for the termites is recommended, so removing any timber debris from under or around your home is a good start, especially where untreated timber is in direct contact with soil. To be truly protected, we recommend a full Timber Pest Inspection by Amalgamated Pest Control to determine the presence or risk of Termites around your home. If they are there, we will find them and remove them completely before they do any further damage, and give you the best strategies possible to ensure they don’t return.
Call 1300 894 884 to book your timber pest inspection today!