Termites with wings are known as ‘Alates’ which can be confused as Moths. These flying Termites 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.
There are two risks with having these close to your home or property, one is that it means there is a nest close by and the other that the new reproductives can start a new colony.
Termites with Wings
Flying Termites in Brisbane usually swarm between November and April. These winged Termites (White Ants) usually have their colonizing flight when we have ideal conditions such as moderate temperatures and high humidity.
These Subterranean Termites swarm depending on the age of the nest, size and what species they are.
Flying Ants are different to flying Termites (Alates). Alates have an equal pair of wings. The difference between flying termites and flying ants is the ant’s wings are larger at the front and smaller at the back.
When do Termites Fly?
Termites fly or swarm at dusk and following swarming they usually shed their wings and the mated pair finds a suitable place to establish a new colony.
Once the male and females find a suitable place, they excavate a chamber and begin to mate.
If you find the reproductives around your home, you may see them around your porch light or window sill as they are attracted to the light. You may even see signs of their ‘dropped’ wings outside your front door, window sill or near any lights.
Why should I be concerned about Flying Termites?
Firstly if you are seeing Alates it means there is a nest very close by. Secondly, it can mean that you could have a potential problem especially if a new Colony does evolve.
What to do if you find them around your home?
If you find Alates around your home contact don’t panic. These reproductives have no chewing mouth parts but as the colonising flight originates from the main nest close by we recommend in the least having a termite inspection.
You can collect a few samples for the Technician to see an analyse the type of termite colony when he arrives. You can also contact our Termite Expert directly on 0433420011.
We offer an immediate 24-hour Termite response to any live Termites plus offer free Termite Quotes and Consultations. D-Tec also offers Termite solutions to suit your budget. Contact us on 1300 725 758 or 0433420011.