• Termite alate (winged adult)

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Termites

Termites, also known as white ants, live in colonies that can be of many thousands. Invasive species could pose a significant threat to New Zealand timbers and economy.

Identifying

Native New Zealand termite species are generally non-invasive and are usually found in rotting wood such as tree stumps. There are some non-native invasive species such as the Australian Subterranean Termite and West Indian Drywood Termite that have been found in a few sites in New Zealand and efforts have been made to eradicate the infestations to prevent spread and potential damage to New Zealand homes and other timbers.

Solving

If you suspect you have found termites you should contact MPI Biosecurity on 0800 80 99 66 or email termites@mpi.govt.nz  for identification.

If MPI Biosecurty have advised that the termites are not one of the invasive species you can treat the timbers to control them and reduce the risk of further damage.

NO Borer will protect timber from infestation and destruction for several years (up to 10). Injection using NO Borer Injector or painting with NO Borer with turps or kerosene will kill infestations near the surface layers of the timbers (NO Borer Injector can also be used to spray small areas of bare wood such as furniture). It will also kill termite alates (reproductive winged termites) emerging from timbers and spreading infestation. More established infestations deep in large timbers would need drilling into the affected interior and injection into the termite cavities for full control.

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Termites are often referred to as white ants but are more closely related to cockroaches than to ants. They eat cellulose in the form of plant material and wood. Their guts contain symbiotic microbes that are capable of digesting the cellulose and releasing the nutrients in a form that the termites can use. Because of this wood eating habit some species can do great damage to wooden structures.

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