Weather plays a key role in the level of activity you get from flying termites. Especially during Queensland’s wet season that runs from November to April.
Why? Because termites are naturally drawn to damp, moist, and humid conditions. So the increased rainfall is the perfect breeding ground to kick-start the reproduction cycle, and the establishment of new colonies. As a result, any nearby buildings are at risk of infestation.
Fortunately, early intervention can help save your property from major structural damage. Here are the warning signs to look out for, and what they mean for you.
Why flying termites swarm after rainfall
After a period of rainfall when its most humid, both male and female flying termites (known as alates) emerge from their existing colonies in order to reproduce. Not all swarmers will successfully mate. But the few that do will take the next step. They will descend to the ground, shed their wings, and burrow underground to start a new colony. Plus, since the soil is moist from the rainfall, the termites can burrow with much greater ease.
When swarmers start a new colony
Just like the mating process, not all new colonies will survive. Termites need a regular supply of food, water, and shelter to live on. They also need to work together to gather resources. If the environment is unsuitable, or the colony struggles to cooperate, the colony will likely fail.
Successful colonies, on the other hand, pose a major threat to nearby buildings. Over time the colony will start to grow in numbers. The worker termites are always foraging the surrounding area in search of food. With that being said, any nearby building will eventually become a target – resulting in damage to the external and internal wood products.
Flying termite or ant?
Termites are not the only type of winged insect you may come across after rain. Flying ants are similar in appearance, making it hard to differentiate between the two. Here are the key visual differences between them:
- Termites have: Straight antennae, equal wing length, and a straight waist
- Flying ants have: Bent antennae, unequal wing length, and a pinched waist
When to seek out professional treatment
On the inspection day, the technicians will carry out a thorough visual assessment of all indoor and outdoor areas – including the main living areas, outside, wet areas (i.e. bathroom, kitchen, laundry), and the rooftop.
To determine the presence of termites, the team will use advanced thermal image technology and other non-intrusive measures. This means they won’t have to drill holes into the wall, or risk causing the termites to panic and relocate.
From there, if termites are found, you will get a custom treatment plan and an itemised quote. Depending on the nature of the infestation, treatment may include the use of baiting stations, liquid soil treatment, and wood treatments. Either way, the goal will be to eliminate the current infestation – and prevent the risk of future attacks.
Of course, there’s no obligation to accept the recommended plan.
Concerned about increased flying termite activity due to rain? Contact All Bugs for free advice and a quote for your next inspection.