Termites flying out of a door achitrave in Ivanhoe, Melbourne

December 7, 2011

 

Termites are predominately a subterranean species but just like most colony organisms each member of the colony has a role to play. In the video you can see an example of the ‘reproductives’ or ‘alate’ termites flying out of a door architrave in Ivanhoe, Melbourne.

Every year around October/November when the weather is humid termites will fly right across Victoria in the hope of getting genetic spread and forming new colonies.

The majority of these termites wont survive and even though a few will it is a very expensive way of achieving reproduction and thus the reason termites are responsible for so much damage across Victoria as they need to retrieve this energy which they do by harvesting cellulose from timber.

If you see ‘flying termites’ in or around your house, it is definitely worth getting a termite inspection.

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