There are over 300 species of termites in Australia, which are too many to list here! Here are the most common Australian termite species encountered by homeowners:
- Mastotermes (or Giant Termite)
- Cryptotermes (or West Indian Dry-Wood Termite)
- Neotermes (or Ring-Ant Termite)
- Porotermes (or Dampwood Termite)
- Amitetermes (or Compass Termite)
It can be difficult, even for top pest specialists to identify the types of termites. It’s important that if you see any sign of termites to contact us immediately for a thorough inspection!
Australian Termite Identification Chart
Where Can I Find Termites In or Around My Home?
Termites live in five main types of nests in Australia:
If you’ve noticed any of the nests listed above in or around your home, contact our team today to book a termite inspection.
Normally seen in the Northern Territory, they are built to create a constant temperature of 30-36 degrees and a humidity of 100%. This is because the soft outer shell of a termite will disintegrate in dry conditions.
Arboreal Mounds (Tree Nests)
Tree mounds are created inside the hollow casing of a tree. This creates an abundant supply of food and is well drained from moisture.
Often found in the central coast of New South Wales, these nests are found above fence posts and telephone poles.
Can be located at the base of a tree, which can weaken the structures and cause the tree to collapse. These nests can also be established within the home itself. Either way, if your home is the Termites’ food source, the structural integrity of your home will be compromised over time.
Tree Wood Nests
Located in the softer rings of trees. Termites who live in tree wood are often referred to as ‘ring ants’. They can also be found in dead tree stumps.
The bottom line is, termites are awful! To protect your home and property, be sure to book regular termite inspections.