With the winter comes rains and colder weather, and with that comes flying termites possibly swarming into your property. And as most know finding termites in or around your property is never a good thing. It may be an indication that they are already inside your house or they are searching for a possible good location to create a new colony. Whatever their situation is, it is still not a good thing to find them around your home.
What are flying termites?
They are actually often mistaken as flying ants and they are often ignored by homeowners because they do not cause much of a problem. However, if they are flying termites, your home will have a much bigger problem because they are the reproductive stage of termites. These are the male and female termites that are searching for a new home to create a new colony.
These flying termites are different from flying ants as they have a straight-sided waist unlike the constricted waist of ants. They also have four equal sizes of wings and straight antennae.
These termites mostly fly after big rains and during warmer weather. Since Australian winter is not that known for its harsh winters, you may be able to find swarmers that are searching for ways to get inside your property.
How to get rid of flying termites?
Since these flying termites or alates are mostly attracted to warmth and light, make sure that you give them just that outside your home by placing zappers. Make sure the zapper is the only light source in proximity that they find and leave it on for the night to effectively get rid of them.
In the case that these alates are still pestering your home even if you have tried to get rid of them on your own, contact an expert in pest control right away so that they can see if your home has an ongoing termite infestation. They will be able to identify if termites have already invaded your home and get rid of them effectively.
There are different kinds of termites which could cause problems to your home, Drywood, Subterranean and Dampwood. If you are confused which ones you have, you can simply check through their droppings, the hollow they made in your furniture and the accumulation of their wings.
Termites are not easy pests to deal with since they can stay inside the wood hidden and out of your site. You will just find that they are there when the damage becomes visible. You need an effective pest control to get rid of them.
How to know if you have termites in the house?
Termites are very small creatures and may even be difficult to spot. They are measured to be anywhere around 4 to 15 mm in length. Termites can even be confused with ants at times. To know if you have them, heck for miniscule fecal droppings which looks like mini pellets. You should also search for shed wings that came from swarmers and hollowing of wood type units.
If you are still unsure whether you have termites in the house, you can call your pest control agent as they know where these pests are and if they have already made an infestation.
What to do in case of an infestation?
While termites eat wood slowly, they will greatly multiply in numbers in no time creating one colony after another. And before you know it, they have made your entire wall their meal. You can get rid of termites by doing immediate and temporary mitigations. Get rid of mud, dirt and moisture to all visible wood. You can also get any pest treatment product or soil-applied liquid termiticide and apply it in areas where wood is affected
And of course, ask your pest control professional for help since they will be able to get rid of the termite infestation and make your home safe again from them.
There’s nothing quite as frightening as discovering that your precious home is being invaded by pests & bugs that can wreak havoc & destroy your belonging or worse still – the foundations & structure of your house.
We all know the saying “prevention is better than a cure”, so our local pest control expert has generously offered some tips & advice on how to handle those pesky bugs.
Take a good look around your home at any trees or plants that may be making contact with your home. You should definitely trim any plants that are touching the house. Also, keep an eye out for any mulch or wood chips or other plant based material that is in your gardens & touching the walls of your home. You should consider using rock or another material to border any gardens etc that make direct contact with the home.
Pests are often attracted by rubbish that’s been left lying around the outside of the house, & even food scraps from an outdoor meal. Be diligent in cleaning this up.
Many homes will have some sort of cracks in the plasterboard or wall material. Inspect this throughout the entire home – if you find cracks that are more than 5-6mm wide, you should have these patched or repaired. Bugs will find their way inside the home through these areas.
Drains & Pipes
Just about every floor or sink drain in the home will accumulate debris & foreign matter over time. Regularly cleaning drains with Drain-o or a similar product may help prevent insects from using your drains as a breeding ground.
It won’t take long to inspect these different areas of your home, & most of these issues can be easily rectified. Be sure to check out your home this week & see if you can keep those pests at bay!