They may be invisible to your eyes. But, termites may be invading certain parts of your house. They chew the wood on your floor, cabinets, window, door frames and other furniture. Although wood is their favorite staple, they are more than capable of travelling on different materials like metals, plaster and others. Even the light damage that’s visible now might be a sign that these pests have already caused extensive damage to your property just behind the scenes.
Repairs for damages caused by termite infestation can be very expensive. According to National Pest Management Association, termites wreak a costly $5 billion in property damage annually. Sadly, these expenses are not covered by property insurance. For certain cases, people shell out tens of thousand dollars just for repairs. This, though, can be prevented if detected the as soon as possible.
It takes three to eight years before serious damage becomes obvious. So, you need to detect the problem as early as possible before the unwanted guests slowly eat the strength of your house. The earlier you catch the issue means, the less you spend on treatment and keeping your family safe.
The good thing is you don’t have to be an expert exterminator to know if there is a hidden termite problem beating under your floor, within the walls or above the ceiling. If you know what to look for, you’ll be dismissing those pests before they can even call your house their home.
Here are the common signs of possible termite activity:
Termites eat their dinner inside out, leaving the paint or just a thin surface of their meal. Knock on wood surface or poke it with a screwdriver. If it sounds hollow or papery, then it is positive that a termite colony has invaded that part of your house. They are eating away the wood and its strength, so if your finger is pressed in the wood material when inspecting, then definitely a problem exists.
Different termites also produce varied sounds. Soldier termites are known for banging their heads, not the same way people do. Head banging or shaking their bodies is actually a signal that danger is coming. Worker termites, on the other hand, are noisy eaters. You wouldn’t want them at your table. Put your ear close to the wood surface and check if you hear termites munching their appetite for wood.
Termites reproduce by mating and they do it when they leave their nest, mate and start new colonies. Indoor or outdoor, they swarm on both areas in broad daylight or at night time. During this period, termites discard their wings because they don’t need them anyway. Keep an eye on these discarded wings as they are a red flag of termite invasion.
These are small, pencil-sized tunnels made by termites. They are created by subterranean termites which nest underground but do their gastronomic adventures in wood materials like a house. These tunnels provide the perfect highway for them to traverse from their nest to their food source, which is mainly your house. Mud tubes are undeniably one evidence proving the crimes these pests do to your property.
Drywood termites nest in the wood and like us they want to keep their home clean. To keep it neat and tidy, they kick out holes in the wood to push their excrements out of their home. The droppings are tiny, oval-shaped pellets that look like black marks or dark powdery substance. If you see mounds of pellets beside a wood material, it indicates a presence of a termite problem.
Our house is one of our most prized investment where we build memories that last for a lifetime. Keep an eye for warning signs of termite problem and perform periodic inspection around your home to catch the infestation as early as possible. If you’re still in the process of buying a house in Brisbane, consider a pre-purchase building and pest inspection Brisbane for an independent and reliable audit that can save you on future repairs and damages.