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Termites Myths Busted

July 6, 2021

Identify a Termite by Appearance

Termites are a serious threat to both residential and commercial properties across Queensland. When left untreated, destructive subterranean termites can cause significant damage to residential and commercial buildings. If the correct precautions are not taken to detect termites, the harm to your properties internal structure can be significant, setting back many property owners hundreds of thousands of dollars. To limit the possibility of termite damage, the property owner should contact a professional and qualified termite control specialist, such as those from Multipest, after indications of termites have been found.


Although there are many different types of termites throughout Queensland, subterranean termites are by far the most destructive and prevalent species of termite. Subterranean Termites are of a similar size to most species of ant, but they are lighter in colour, usually white, brown, or translucent in appearance. Although termites are similar in size to ants, they have other key distinguishing characteristics beyond just colour that can help you to differentiate between the two. Termites’ bodies are divided into two main parts: the head and the body. Ants, on the other hand, have three main sections to their bodies that include the head, thorax, and abdomen. Another difference between Ants and Termites are their antennae. Termite antennae is generally straight rather than the bent antennae of ants. Generally, a termite’s colour will be enough to correctly identify them, however, if you are still unsure, using a magnified glass to identify a termites body structure and antennae can serve as confirmation. Once identified, it is almost certain that your property is at significant risk of a termite infestation, if one has not already commenced. This makes it important to contact a qualified termite professional such as the ones at Multipest straight away.


Whilst many termites will display the features mentioned above, it is evident that there are three kinds of termites in a colony. Each with slight variation in appearance.


The first of the three kinds of termites is the worker termite. Workers are the labourers, of a termite colony. Their core responsibility is to obtain, store, and manage a termite colony’s food supplies for the hundreds of thousands of termites that live within.  


The second kind of termite is the soldier termite. These termites are the colony’s defenders and are slightly larger in size than the worker termite. The head of a soldier termite is also larger in size to help accommodate for, their large jaws, also known as mandibles. Soldier termites also make a distinct clicking noise with their mandibles when they feel like they or their colony is under threat. The worker termites and soldier termites evidently make up the bulk of a termite colony and are the termites that are noticeably similar to ants in appearance.


The third kind of termite in a colony, the reproductive termite, is the most different termite of the three when it comes to appearance. Reproductive termites, also known as flying termites or Alates, have two pairs of wings that are the same length and fall off after flight. When a colony deploys its reproductive termites to seek a new and suitable nest site, swarms of flying termites can be spotted. These termites are similar in size to that of the worker termite, but upon finding a suitable nest site, these termites will lose their wings. Over a period, these termites will eventually evolve into new kings and queens of newly formed termite colonies.

The Queen is the largest of the Reproductive Termites and is usually the colony’s oldest termite. Initially the Queen termite is around the same size as a worker termite, however, over time the queen will grow a massive egg-producing chamber that is translucent in appearance.  This chamber ultimately fills which results in the production of tens of thousands of new termites every day.



Termites, unlike spiders, cockroaches, and rodents, prefer to stay hidden, spending the majority of their time underground or, in the worst-case scenario, within your property’s walls. This can make detecting a termite infestation challenging, and if you spot a termite crawling throughout your property, then there is a strong likelihood that harm has already been done to your properties internal structure. Despite the difficulties that are posed when finding termites, it is evident that looking for mud-based tubes around the entry points of your property, as well as knocking on the walls and listening for falling or hollowed timbers can be a clear indicator of a termite infestation. 


If you suspect a termite infestation within your property, it is critical to contact the termite professionals at Multipest straight away. With over 20 years of industry experience, Multipest has been servicing residential and commercial termites Redlands, termites Brisbane, termites bayside and various termite infestations throughout Queensland’s southeast through the effective use of a termidor treatment. With the constant growth of termite activity throughout Queensland, it is evident that quality, professional and effective termite control has never been more important to secure your homes and families future.