Termites are an immediate threat to your home. They pose a threat of physical, and often extensive and expensive, damage to your property. Breeding quickly, they are often found in groups of thousands, and since they're so small, nimble, and pesky, they can cause massive damage.
At Inner West Pest Control, we're experts in termite extermination, and we'll work with you to swiftly remove termites and ensure your home is termite-free. We offer removal services, treatments, and advice.
Our termite control processes are pet, child, and plant friendly; this ensures that we achieve the best results for you while also keeping peace of mind regarding the safety of those most important to you. And while our treatments are safe for your home, they are most certainly effective at removing termites from your inner-west residence.
To begin with, we perform an inspection of your property to determine the severity of the termite presence and overall activity. After this assessment, we'll work quickly to determine the most efficient treatment option and inform you of the issue and potential solutions. We do not recommend do-it-yourself treatments of termites. Disturbing the termites can lead to further spread throughout the structure, which causes larger scale damage. Since do-it-yourself treatments are often not effective, you risk further damage by attempting this procedure without the help of professional. Due to their small size and nimble nature, termites pose a particular threat of spread and prolific damage.
We're locally owned and operated, so we understand the risks typically encountered in the Inner West, particularly with the older, densley packed properties that are common-place in the area. As with all of our treatments, we work to ensure the highest quality service that is tailored to the specific needs and risks associated with work in this area. We, of course, work outside busines hours and weekends to ensure the highest quality service is given to you. We'll even perform consultations outside of typical business hours.
Termites are often called ‘white ants’; however, apart from their social habits of living in colonies, in appearance they do not resemble true ants. Termites are closer relatives to cockroaches coming from the Order Blattodea. Ants being from the order Hymenoptera with sawflies, wasps and bees. Termites are mostly pale brown to white, have no constriction between thorax and abdomen and have beaded antennae. Reproductive termites have two pairs of equal wings and one pair of compound eyes. Workers and soldiers are blind, sexless, wingless and have thin cuticles that are susceptible to desiccation in dry or exposed environments.
Ants, on the other hand, vary in colour depending on the species and have an obvious construction between abdomen and thorax. Antennae are variable but characteristically elbowed. The reproductive ants have two pairs of unequal wings, forewings larger than hindwings and one pair of compound eyes. Workers, soldiers, and sexual forms of ants have cuticles that are not sensitive to desiccation, so they can exist outside the more humid environment of their colony. Ants, unlike termites, do not destroy sound timber, living in decayed wood that they may excavate to house their nest. Their workings are clean and free from the faecal marks that ar often characteristic of termite workings.
Photos of ants and termites bodies comparison and reproductive forms comparison. The size of a colony varies depending on species from a few hundred Neotermes insularis to hundreds of thousands or even millions in the mound building species Nasutitermes and Coptotermes, and also the destructive Mastotermes darwinesis.
Termite life cycle
Colonies also take different forms depending on the species. There are six main forms
Termites exist in a colony in several ‘forms’ or castes, each of which has particular structures and functions related to the survival and maintenance of the colony.
The original queen left the parent colony as an alate at the time of a colonising flight and set up a new colony with the king. The main function of the queen is reproduction. The first form queen is usually long lived, some species, 20 years, and is fertilised by the king at intervals during this time. Queens are of two forms:
Supplementary queens or ‘Neotenics’
The original king, along with the queen, tends the young during the early stages of the colony. He fertilises the queen from time to time and, like the queen, is long lived.
Workers are the most populous individuals in the colony. They do the work of the colony; gathering food, maintaining and repairing, and feeding all the other castes. They are not involved in reproduction and have no compound eyes. They are males and females whose reproductive organs and secondary sexual characteristics have not developed. Workers bodies are usually white. They are confined to the enclosed workings and the nursery area of the colony, where humidity is high and the temperature is even. They only leave the colony when the outside humidity and temperature are high, similar to conditions inside the colony, and there is less chance of desiccation.
Soldiers are darker and have darker and larger heads than the workers. The soldiers main function is to defend the colony against invaders, particularly ants.
These are the sexual forms of a colony - the future kings and queens of colonies yet to be established. They are darker than workers and soldiers, have compound eyes and are able to resist the outside environment more effectively than the other castes by having a more sclerotised cuticle. Once they are fully winged and ready to leave the nest and go on a colonising flight. If the queen dies or degenerates, in many species some of their reproductive are selected to carry on the colony as neotenics.
Shortages of any caste in a colony appear to be reflected through a hormonal imbalance, and this is then compensated for by the production of more of the particular caste that is deficient in numbers.
The colonising flight in many species occurs mainly during the Nov-Dec and Mar-April periods, avoiding the very hot period of January-February. When the reproductives are fully winged, they are ready to leave the colony and set up new colonies. The colonising flight occurs during periods of moderate temperatures and high humidity, approximating to those conditions inside the nest. After rain, humidity is often assured, and the winged termites are less likely to desiccate under these conditions.
Since termites are always seeking new sources of food, a large amount of wood in your home that isn't properly treated can attracted swarms of them, causing a near instantaneous infestation within a day. And since they're so tiny, termites can squeeze through very small cracks, crevices, and holes, meaning even a home that appers secure can be easily infiltrated. However, they do require a highly controlled environment - termites typically enter either through your home using timber in contact with the ground, or through mud tunnels.
To effectively exterminate termites, extensive knowledge about termite behaviour, the types of species, and how to safely handle the problem while minimising damage is all needed. This is why we recommend you hire a professional for a truly comprehensive extermination. At Inner West Termite Control, we offer professional and reliable termite control services, treatments, and services across the inner west of Sydney. When it comes to home consultations for pest control services, we work weekends and after hours to limit the inconvenience to you. Our goal is to achieve 100% customer satisfaction, so professional and courteous service is our top priority.
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