Oftentimes, finding termites with the naked eye can be quite a bit of a challenge. Generally, professional equipment, such as thermal imaging cameras, need to be used, so people often miss the initial stages of a termite infestation in a house. If spotted early, termite problems can often be eliminated and any damage to the house repaired at a lesser expense to the owner.
In saying that, every once in awhile we come across very clear signs that a home has been infested or is at a great risk of being infested by termites. Without taking steps to get rid of them, these pests can potentially cause serious damage to your home. Often living underground, termites don’t always come to the surface. By the time you notice the signs of a termite infestation, it might be a little too late.
However, there are telltale signs that you can keep an eye out to let you know there are termites in your home.
Approximately 30 species of termites found in Australia are notorious property destroyers, most particularly, the subterranean termites. They construct a vast network of tunnels leading to your home as they live underground. Sometimes, these tunnels are built close to the ground surface that’s why they are easy to spot. Usually referred to as mud tubes, these tunnels may pass through your yard up along the exterior walls of your dwelling.
Scattered Piles of Discarded Wings
This, perhaps, is the most obvious sign of a termite infestation. At some point in a year, young winged termites (also known as swarmers) reproduce. In the process of doing so, they take flight and set off to create new colonies of their own. Catching these swarms in action is a rarity, but they discard their wings as they go, leaving heaps of it around your property.
Sagging or Hollow-Sounding Wood
Wood may look as pristine and stunning as if it is spanking new, but you may want to look beneath the surface. It may not show outward signs of damage, so try tapping the wood with a hammer and see if it produces a dull, hollow sound. If yes, it means damage is present. Depending on the size of the damage, sometimes you could see visual signs already such as when the wood looks warped or is sagging.
“Frass” and Small Exit Holes
One sure sign of termite infestation is the presence of frass. Termites leave piles of waste droppings called frass as they ingest wood, creating small exit holes in the process. This mound of fecal matter looks like wood-coloured pellets, resembling sawdust. When you happen to see frass around your property, there is no doubt that a termite infestation is underway.
Garden and Yard Damage
Termites often start their devastation outside before going after the primary structure of your dwelling. Most of the time, they come from your very own yard. So it would be best practice if you keep being on the lookout for signs outside of your home as well. Check whether your fences are weakened or dilapidated. Check for damp wood piles and if there are broken branches. These signs indicate the presence of termites in your backyard. Have your fencing and wooden garden structures pre-treated or better yet, use non-wood materials instead.
What people often say about prevention being better than cure is indeed true. Stopping termites in their tracks before they cause major damage to your home is the best way to control them. The only challenge is that termites are pretty hard to spot. You may want to consider having annual inspections done to have your home and ensure it is free from all kinds of pests, not just termites.
Termite infestations are certainly both distressing and financially draining. In order to minimise damage, it is important to take action as quickly as possible. This is why it is best to have an expert inspect your property if you are aiming for an effective and long-term solution rather than just relying on DIY inspections and treatments. To set up an inspection,contact us today at Twinspectors. We offer a comprehensive and intensive annual pest inspection that will keep you abreast of the pest situation in your home.
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