Watch for signs of swarms

Termite season varies from year to year and with location throughout the country. Whilst they are active all year round, it’s usually in late spring through to early summer, and the warmer the winter the earlier termite season will occur. However, while it is referred to as termite season, that term actually refers to termite swarm season. Swarm season is when termites are actively on the move from location to location, searching for a hospitable home. It is after swarm season that termites tend to do their damage, so you need to be on the lookout for signs of termites even after swarm season.

A very pricey pest problem

The last thing you want is a termite infestation in your home. Termites will literally eat you out of house and home, destroying the wood that provides the structural support for your home. If left unchecked, termites can do tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Even more alarming is that much of their destruction occurs in out-of-sight places and it can create a hazardous living condition for you and your family.

The most obvious sign of a termite infestation is a termite swarm. You may notice flying termites, which look similar to flying ants, in an area. These swarmers are on the move, looking for a location for their colony. You may see the flying termites themselves, or simply find evidence of them in the form of dropped wings. If you see termites around your home but have not noticed them in previous seasons, they may have found a way inside and be establishing a nest. Other signs of termites include seeing non-flying termites, which will look like light-coloured or white ants, seeing frass (termite droppings), noticing tunnels in your wood, finding door and windows tight or hard to open, noticing hollow or papery sounding wood, and hearing small banging sounds coming from wood in your home.

Once you notice termites, it is important to act as quickly as possible but make sure you don’t disturb them as it will be important for our Pest Technician to find the source and how severe the problem is. Termites can quickly infest an entire home and treatment of a termite-infested home can be expensive and inconvenient. Fortunately, it is easier to treat termite infestations in localised areas and to take steps to prevent reinfestation. Safeguard your most expensive asset – your home with our Termite Home Protection package. Our Flick technician will conduct a Termite Pest Inspection of your property provide you with a thorough report on the condition of your property. If there is any evidence of termites we will discuss a treatment plan. Termite protection is an important part of home value assessment and is often required during resale.

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