Difficult to detect, but extremely damaging, termites are a serious risk to your property! The biggest risk associated with termites is that of damage to your home. While they are not dangerous to people inherently, they can damage walls, furniture and in extreme cases even threaten the foundations of your home. You can see an example of termite damage here when they caused a ceiling to collapse in a family home! They are notoriously hard to find but this article will make you aware of 4 signs that you have a termite infestation so that you can deal with these pesky little critters before they cost you thousands of dollars in damages!
The first thing you need to be aware of is termite hotspots. Here is a handy map that will show you how at risk your home is. Termites generally prefer humid, dark spots inside your home (like below the house or in your walls). Almost all our state capitals are at serious risk of termite damage and while some have a slightly lower level of risk, all Australian homes are susceptible to a termite infestation.
Here are the 4 Signs that you have a termite infestation!
Sign 1. Discarded Wings and Swarms
The first of the 4 signs that you have a termite infestation is flying termites, or more likely, evidence of them. When a colony reaches capacity, the termites will begin to sprout wings and start to search for a new place to set up shop. When they find an ideal spot, they will shed those wings and the queen will begin to produce offspring. Suddenly you have a full-blown termite infestation on your hands!
This is your first warning sign. If you see termite wings you should assume that there are many more termites than wings. Another warning sign is swarming (large groups of winged termites flying around in clusters), which means one of two things. Either many termites are scouting out your house as a new colony, or they have already set up in your home and are looking to expand. Either way, it’s bad news.
If you start to notice termite wings or swarms, it’s time to call Flick. It’s very difficult to deal with termites yourself and our highly trained technicians can help stop the problem before it costs you any more in repairs.
Sign 2. Termite Droppings
They say the proof is in the pudding, but in this case, the pudding is the proof! If termites are eating away at your home, they will be sure to leave behind plenty of evidence. Termites produce large amounts of excrement which they sometimes use to build their homes (these are called mud tunnels and you should be on the lookout for these too) but more commonly they just leave their waste lying around. How rude!
These droppings have a similar look and feel to that of coarse sand and are often found in small piles in corners and near skirting boards. When you start to find these droppings, it means the termites are already busy burrowing away at the wood in your home. Make sure you get in touch with a pest controller as soon as possible to deal with the problem before it gets worse.
Sign 3. Damage to wooden objects/areas
Perhaps the most obvious sign is damage left behind by termites. While sometimes the damage has gotten so bad you can see it, usually, you can hear and feel it well before then. The wood in your home will have a hollow or papery sound when you tap on it. A push on the wood may also reveal some much-unwanted give when pressure is applied.
A common occurrence is that you may be doing the vacuuming and bump into the skirting board but instead of feeling resistance, the vacuum just goes straight into the wood!
What you don’t want to see is small tunnels running through the wood. While that piece of wood might be a ride off don’t assume the termites are gone. They are almost certainly still there, they have just moved to another spot in the house.
Sign 4. Tight doors and windows (wood warping)
A final sign worth noting is when your doors and windows start to feel much stiffer than normal. This can be a sign of the wood warping in response to the presence of termites. In the process of eating, termites produce a lot of moisture and this can cause the wood to warp and rot from the inside out.
If you feel like something has changed causing your doors to seem tight, have a look around for some of the other termite warning signs. Be sure to schedule an inspection with a qualified pest control technician to be sure your home is safe.
Even if it’s only a sneaking suspicion you have termites, you need to get in touch with a professional pest controller ASAP. It is very difficult to deal with termites yourself and the sooner you get onto it the less damage your home will incur. Now that you know the 4 signs that you have a termite infestation you can call Flick on 13 14 40 for a free quote. We’ll organize a highly skilled pest control technician to come and do an inspection of your property and ensure your home is protected. You can also head to our website to book an inspection.
If you wanted to learn more about termites you can find more information here.
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