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Termite Castes


  • The original king along with the queen tends the young during early life.  He fertilises the queen and is usually long lived.


  • (Macropterous) Tends the young during the formation of the nest and is identified by retaining wing buds. Her main function is reproduction.

Supplementary Queen

  • These queens have been selected to replace the original queen and are not as productive as the original queen. They have no wing buds.


  • The future kings and queens of new colonies. The alates fly during humid conditions and can be released in the thousands. The future queen lands and attracts the king by using pheromones. Together they travel in tandem to select a new site for the nest. Not many live as birds, insects and unsuitable nesting sites all take their toll.


  • Normally the greatest number of individuals in the colony. Termite workers feed the young and the soldiers, tend the queen and repair the nest.


  • The main function is to guard the colony against invaders such as man and other insects. Some species have two types of soldiers. Most defend the colony by using mandibles others such as Nasute by the use of liquids stored in the head and ejected from the fontanelle.

Three main categories

Termites have certain behavioural characteristics that enable pest controllers to classify them mainly on their sites of occurrence and the appearance of their damage. This assists pest controllers in determining what control measures may be required. The three categories are:

  • Subterranean termites
  • Dampwood termites
  • Drywood termites

Differentiation between these categories will help in identifying the termite and aid in the treatment selection. Most termite problems dealt with by pest controllers are Subterranean termites and they cause the most damage and are difficult detect and to deal with.

ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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