White ants out foraging for food

White ants out foraging for food

White ants – or termites – do upwards of a billion dollars’ worth of damage to homes every year Entomologist Ion Staunton looks at the foraging habits of white ants, and how householders can use these instincts against them. It’s nothing personal. The reason...

White ants in green bricks

White ants eat houses because they mistake them for dead trees or fallen logs. If you were a white ant with acquired instincts built in after eons of seeking and finding wood, you could easily settle for timber wrapped inside masonry and plasterboard if that’s the...

Schedorhinotermes termites & what to do about them

Recently we received an interesting email from a gentleman who had found drywood termites as well as  Schedorhinotermes termites. We’ve renamed him, at his request. Here’s the email: Hi Ion, I found those in a dead branch (in 2-3 metre height) of a otherwise...

How To Get Rid Of White Ants

White ants are bad news When the First Fleeters unloaded their stores on the shore of Sydney Harbour, the white ants were waiting and couldn’t believe their good fortune! For millions of years they’d been eating fallen logs and branches of the eucalypts and other...