Part of the cockroach order Blattodea, termites are eusocial (highly organised) insects.
As such, they live in colonies, which number from several hundred to several million individuals.
The word “termite” originates from the Latin word “termes” (woodworm, white ant), and altered by the Latin term “terere” (rub, wear, erode).
Termites are considered hidden invaders; and for good reason.
While difficult for the untrained eye to detect, termites often leave “calling cards”, indicating they have taken up residence in your home:
- Wings on windowsills (indicate flying termites)
- Unexplained piles of a coarse, grain-like substance sifting out of wooden structures e.g. walls, skirting boards, etc. (termite leavings).
- Obvious wood damage.
- Wood with a honeycomb pattern on the inside or which has been hollowed out