Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Little Winged Wonders Could Eat Your House

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Little Winged Wonders Could Eat Your House

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Byline: jocelyn watts

THE SURVIVING siblings of the little winged insects you see caught in cobwebs about the house are not harmless.

They could eat you out of house and home, literally.

Chris Ryan from Amalgamated Pest Control said the Fraser Coast was experiencing a number of colonising flights of the termite alate, signalling the start of this year's termite season.

"The alate is a winged, reproducing termite," Mr Ryan said.

"They fly to an area, drop their wings and start setting up new colonies."

Mr Ryan said wet weather during spring and recent humidity had combined to produce ideal breeding conditions.

"It's a seasonal thing but they are a bit later this year with the cool weather hanging around longer.

"They're attracted to light and you often see them caught in cobwebs.

"Our phones have been ringing hot over the past three weeks."

Mr Ryan said homes with fly screens had a definite advantage in preventing entry. …

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