The Gold Coast Pest Inspector was featured on the 7 News yesterday. An inspection of a property in Tallai unearthed the Mastotermes darwiniensis termite. These termites are bigger and badder than your regular ones. A “Super Termite”.
They’re an interesting creature, being the oldest termite species in the world. They’re quite a bit larger than your regular termite, as the picture below shows.
The Darwin Termite
Another name for the Super Termite, Mastotermes darwiniensis, is the “Darwin Termite”. This is because it’s normally found in the top end. It likes a much warmer climate than Gold Coast typically enjoys. Whether its presence here is an adaptation of the termite, or our warmer climate, we can only speculate. One thing for certain is we’ll have to be on the look-out for the special termites. They’re voracious eaters that can destroy a home in record time.
Australia's Most Destructive Termite
This termite is the most destructive in Australia. It can live in colonies that sometimes contain millions of termites. That colony can also bud-off to form another termite colony. The colony divides and multiplies.
They don’t build mounds like many termites. They prefer to live in hollows created by trees or under logs and stumps. We’re grateful that Richard inspected this property. It’s likely that another inspector could have missed this siting.
7 News covered Richard’s finding in a news report last night. You can watch that report below.
We can only agree with Danielle Mc Pherson from 7 News. If you want a throrough inspection of your property please contact us today.