Flying termites, known as ‘Alates’, are the winged male and female reproductive of termites. They are the potential kings and queens of new colonies. They have reproductive systems and wings and usually fly away from their colony due to lack of food or overcrowding.
Flying termites have an equal pair of wings. The difference between flying termites and flying ants is the ants wings are larger at the front and smaller at the back.
They usually swarm at dusk and following swarming, they usually shed their wings and the mated pair finds a suitable place to establish a new colony.
Around your home they can sometimes be mistaken for moths or flying ants as they fly around the light. You may even see signs of their ‘dropped’ wings outside your front door or near a window sill.
If you find flying termites (Alates) around your home contact don’t panic. These reproductive termites have no chewing mouth parts but as the colonising flight originates from a main nest close by, we recommend having a termite inspection.
If possible, collect a few samples for the technician to see and analyse the type of termite colony when he arrives. You can also contact our termite experts directly on 0433 420 011.