Pest Profiles: Termite Extermination in Sydney examines Australia’s most prevalent pest

Pest Profiles: Termite Extermination in Sydney examines Australia’s most prevalent pest

The termite world comprises no shortage of variety. The genus comprises at least 3000 known species globally, with several hundred others yet to be classified. Each has adapted specifically to their environment, and bring their own particular skill set to the forefront.

There is a common saying in urban Australia that there are two different kinds of houses: those infected by termites, and those that will be. And among the culprits for this remarkable ratio, one termite species rises above its peers. That is the Coptotermes acinaciformes.

This species retains the title of ‘most destructive’ for one good reason: it is perfectly adapted to the Australian climate. A fan of eucalypts and warm weather, this termite is prevalent in many larger cities in Australia, particularly on the east coast. Termite extermination in Sydney focuses heavily on this species, as it is among the most widespread and destructive.

From the nest, this species is able to attack and harvest any wooden structure or object within a 50 metre radius. Detecting such an attack is made more difficult, due to their tendency to tunnel underground. This means that they are able to infect several homes within a single city block.

Their name also offers insight in to their potential for causing damage. When threatened, these termites are able to exude formic acid from their mouths, a substance that does notable damage to wiring inside infected buildings. It is not only the wood that sustains damage, in the case of this pest.

As with most termites, vigilance pays off. If you are noticing any mud tubes leading to your foundation, or cast-off insect wings, it is safe to assume that there is likely a termite nest either on your property or nearby. At Pink Pest Services, our termite extermination services can ensure that your Sydney home does not fall victim to the destructive power of this termite species, as so many have.

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