Termites display some interesting behaviour with brickwork in this issue.
Follow the path of least resistance
Termites will often utilise ready-made structures to allow trails to be developed with reduced energy input. Alex Fayers from Specialist Termite Control in Melbourne saw this great example underneath a deck that had been destroyed by Coptotermes frenchi.
Chris Schmid from Abolish Termite and Pest Management in Brisbane, picked up this remarkable termite mudding. Were the termites off to check the meter box for a treatment sticker before deciding whether to attack this home?
Invasive inspections are worth the effort
Jaime Ackland from Action Pest Control in Braeside, Victoria had to cut a trap under the staircase to gain access to this sub-floor in a three year-old townhouse. “To my surprise I found a rather large nest under the home, in a suburb which has been designated ‘not a high risk termite area’ in Melbourne.” I guess the termites can’t read.
A non-pest termite
Daniel Heald from Termico Pest Management in Perth sent in this picture of a Drepanotermes species, probably D.rubriceps, found out at Dingo Rock, near Wongan Hills.
Also known as harvester termites (drepan means sickle), these termites gather grass, or in this case she-oak needles, and store them inside their irregular waist-high mounds.