With the recent warmer weather and rain periods on the coast, we are experiencing a large increase in calls from customers seeing swarms of flying ant-like insects, swarming under lights inside and outside homes. These are in fact termites attempting to find a home and colonise for the season ahead.
Recently we conducted a service at a home in Edmonton where our concerned customer described a swarm of flying insects coming from the roof void and into the home through ceiling down lights. Our customer tried to spray these pests with a supermarket spray which was completely ineffective. The next morning hundreds of these pests had fallen dead on the floor, as you can see, ants were feasting on their prey quickly.
We have also received calls from concerned customers across Cairns and the beach areas.
These termites are Alate’, (pronounced as AA Late), a termite reproductive. Seasonal conditions (i.e. humidity) will provide an ideal opportunity for these reproductives to ‘swarm on colonising flights’ from termite colonies in the environment. This recent rainfall will provide additional specimens for clients to collect.
Where they’re found, how they get in?
These termites are attracted to lights and will swarm around light fittings, internal and external.
How to treat these termites?
It’s always a concern when termites are found at a home and quick action is key to stopping these pests. In this instance our customer immediately arrange a termite inspection of their property to ensure these termites had not established themselves.
What does a timber pest inspection include?
In conjunction with inspecting for timber pests, we are also assessing the environmental conditions in and around your home that make your premises more susceptible to attack from timber pests. Conducive environmental conditions play a major role in encouraging timber pests onto your property. Many home owners would not realise the relationship of the environment around the home and timber pest activity. The environment plays a major role in timber pest attack.
What’s the difference between a termite inspection and termite check?
As mentioned, a termite inspection or timber pest inspection is a comprehensive inspection for signs of timber pest activity and environmental factors that could increase the chance of these pests entering your home. A termite check typically does not cover these aspects and often includes a brief look around your home with little attention to underlying factors. Always ask your pest control technician what an inspection will include.
Top DIY Tips:
By following these simple DIY tips, you can reduce the chance of termites damaging your property:
- Garden beds – don’t let vines and weeds over grow.
- Timber storage – don’t store timber pieces or objects beside the house.
- Bricks and pavers – don’t stack bricks, pavers or concrete blocks beside the house.
- Dispose of garden waste and building materials at your local council’s public waste and recycling centre, (check waste type accepted).
- An annual termite inspection by a qualified pest control technician will ensure that the risk to your home is managed and controlled.
If you believe or suspect that you have a termite pest problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Cairns for further advice.