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Well once the first few days of Autumn hit us with a big wet we wonder where sunny summer went. Usually the summer months are the active days of Termites and the feeding frenzy they perform on our most prized possession- our house and garden. Termites have an active season which usually runs during the warmer months, but over the last few seasons termites have had the most consistent weather of sun and water over a longer period of time with only the cooler months of June, July and August slowing down the activity of termites, now this does not mean NO termite activity only a slowing down of their movements as termites now prefer the warmth of the nest and termite colony, in some sense they are bit like the human race- when it’s cold we are more likely to stay indoors around the heater with a cup of coffee than mowing the lawns and keeping the garden maintained.

February of 2014 has been one of the wettest on record in Australia and being the last month of the Australian Summer, this obviously coincides with some of the hottest days of the year. In what is already the peak season for termite activity around New South Wales, this additional humidity has made for near perfect conditions for subterranean termites to multiply and swarm to new locations rich with their favorite resource.

Think You've Found Termites?

Sensational termites regroup and plan another attack on surrounding areas which will include termite damage to your house and home. Assassin Pest Control recently performed a termite treatment on a house that was less than 8 months old from new, a result of certain mistakes the home owner had made that compromised the original termite protection installed by the home builder. This allowed the termites to gain entry into the timber frame of his home.

The wetter conditions make it easier for termites to create their mud tubes in which they commute out in the open, so to speak. This enables them to more quickly penetrate your home or business so that they can reach the wood inside what is quite possibly your most prized asset. As is true in so many termite cases that Assassin Pest Control manage for our customers, you will be totally unaware of their approach and they will silently create their mud tubes up your foundation, allowing them to reach an entry point. Before you realize that these pests have invaded your home, weeks or even months may have passed and the repair bill for the damage they’ve caused could reach many thousands of dollars. Adding insult to injury, chances are your insurance policy doesn’t cover any of the damage either.

Two termite queens found in the termite mound. Each is 5 centimetres in length.

A pair of Queen Termites is NOT what you want near your property

Why should you be worried about the latest spur of wet weather in Sydney?

  • Termite activity is currently at it’s peak across Australia.
  • Moist soil conditions are supportive of colony construction.
  • New homes provide new locations of resources for termites.
  • Pest controllers around Sydney have had a spike in termite treatment cases.

What should you do?

  • If you’re at all concerned about termtie activity in or around your home, arrange a termite inspection today.
  • Termite inspections should be carried out every 6 to 12 months if your property does not have bait stations installed.
  • Termite inspections by Assassin Pest Control technicians are non-invasive by use of infrared scanning technologies, so there’s no need to tear your property apart.
  • Coupled with our extensive experience in the field of termite identification & treatments, our customers can rest assured knowing that if there is a single termite inside their home, we will find it and eradicate it!

How do we protect our house from termite attack?

  • Fix leaking taps.
  • Remove any timber debris from your property.
  • Trim heavy vegetation away from the side of the building to allow more direct sunlight on to damp soil areas.
  • Improve the ventilation to the subfloor area in the house in built from a timber bearers and joist set up.
  • No one can stop termites from attacking your property but you can certainly minimize the risk by following the few simple steps as noted above.

There are about 2000 known species of termites throughout the world. There is a concern in 7 out of 8 states and territories in Australia. Subterranean Termites, are extremely destructive, because they tunnel their way to wooden structures (like your home), into which they burrow to obtain food. Termites all share a virtually insatiable appetite for wood and other cellulose-containing materials. Given enough time, they will feed on the wood until nothing is left but a shell.

A Case of Hundreds of Thousands

Termites are highly social insects that live in large colonies where populations can reach more than one million. A colony consists of several structurally differentiated forms living together as castes (including reproductive, soldiers and workers with different functions in community life.

In the spring, winged reproductives leave the parental nest in swarms to create a new colony. The swarming lasts less than an hour, so it’s very likely you’ll never even see it. The winged reproductives themselves look quite a bit like flying ants, for which they are often mistaken.

Those “Ants” Might be Termites

Both ants and termites have two pairs of wings, but ants’ wings are different sizes while the termites’ wings are all the same size. Also, ants have narrowed waists and elbowed antennae while termites have thick waists and short, straight antennae that resemble strings of beads. Don’t be fooled by colour or size. Ants can vary in size, and winged termites can be brown or black like ants.

Look for Signs

You’re more likely to discover you have a termite problem by discovering the evidence they leave behind rather than the actual termites themselves. If you encounter any of these tell tale signs, there’s a good chance termites are busy snacking on your home:

  • Piles of small, delicate wings shed by reproductives
  • Small piles of sawdust
  • Mud tubes built by termites for aboveground travel
  • Damaged or hollow sounding wood
  • Pinholes in drywall or wallpaper

Of course, it’s quite possible to have a hidden termite problem even if you never notice any of these signs. The best way to be sure is to contact a licenced pest control professional to conduct a complete inspection of your home. A Termite Professional will be able to determine if you have termites and recommend the best course of action for eliminating them quickly and completely.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Coptotermes Subterranean termites are one of several termite species that threaten homes and other structures in NSW and Sydney areas. Nasutitermes and Schedorhintermes are next in line for destroying the most property in Sydney Australia. Drywood termites threaten homes in Northern Areas of Australia.


On a warm, humid evening, large numbers of winged male and female termites, the “alates” or “primary reproductives”, are released by the colony. A small number survive the flight, drop their two pairs of distinctive, equal sized wings, pair off, mate and, if they can, find a suitable location and start a new colony.


As the other castes take over the running of the colony the young queen of most species becomes “psysogastric”. Her abdomen distends to many times its original size and she becomes and egg laying machine, laying up to 1000 eggs a day. She is confined to her royal chamber, tended and fed by the workers and regularly fertilised by the king.


The eggs are removed from the royal chamber and transferred to a nursery by the workers. Here the broo (the eggs and nymphs) develops into the castes that the colony requires for development and survival; workers, soldiers and primary or secondary reproductives.

Soldiers and Workers

Soldiers and workers are blind and sterile termites. The workers carry out the work of the colony and are responsible for gathering the food the colony needs. In most species, the heads of the soldiers are uniquely armoured and equipped to allow them to defend the colony against attack, notably from ants.

Can I find out if there are termites in my house myself?

This is a question we are often asked, and unfortunately 100% of the calls received from customers stating they’ve discovered termites in their home are a result of them discovering DAMAGE to their home, not insects! This is always a devastating blow to families and consequently we cannot recommend that you self diagnose any threat of termties around your property- get an experienced professional with a proven track record to conduct a proper pest inspection. Experienced pest controllers have a highly trained eye for finding any termite activity. Time and time again we’ve visited properties where the occupant has insisted that there are no termites within, only for us to discover multiple colonies within minutes. Put simpy- don’t take the risk.

Seen termites swarming like this? Get a pest inspection NOW!

A termite inspection is far more affordable than most people think. When you analyze the potential savings, the benefits of a thorough inspection significantly outweigh the cost. What we can do is have regular termite inspections at no more than 12 months between inspections and in some heavy termite prone areas where the surrounds have the idea breeding ground of termite colony’s those inspections can be performed anywhere from 3 to 6 months apart to help minimize the length of time termites are doing damage to your property.

Why not take advantage of our specials when you book in for a termite inspection we will perform a second service of a general pest spray for the low price of $110 dollars a savings of over 50% off normal prices.

on 1800 674 115.