7 Signs Of A Termite Infestation
Date: 07 Apr, 2018
AS a homeowner in Melbourne, it is your top priority to protect your loved ones by protecting your home.
Every resident understands that the key to keeping your loved ones healthy is by keeping all kinds of home invaders at bay. While protecting your home from big invaders is important, it is also essential that you defend your home from the small soldiers of destruction - termites.
This is often difficult considering the fact that these pesky insects are only spotted after they have caused immense destruction. Known to be destructive enough to eat away at the very structure of your home while devouring everything in its path, these busy bodies cannot be easily spotted or stopped. This is why it is essential you spot a termite infestation as soon as possible to proceed to immediate control and removal methods. Here is how you can do the same.
- Listen for clicking noises:
Though these insects can remain hidden for a long period of time, they are known to make noises while at work. This means that if you listen carefully, you can hear the noises of banging heads or bodies shaking every time termites sense a threat to their nest.
While the soldiers of this clan are known to make such noises, the workers of the nest are known to eat very noisily. Putting your ear close to an infected part of your home may allow you to hear these insects munching at your humble abode.
- Look for flying termites:
Swarmers (flying termites are one of the first signs of a termite infestation. These flying busy bodies consist of both males and females searching for a new home after leaving their nest. This means that if one of the houses in your neighbourhood is infested or a nest is nearby, these pesky creatures could land up checking out your home to establish their own nest.
While there is no fixed part of the day to look out for this, you can stay alert to catch glimpses of the same. Drywood termites are known to swarm after the rain at certain times of the year. If you aren’t seeing any flying sights, look out for discarded wings around your home while cleaning. If you do find wings, don’t misunderstand the same by thinking that the insect is dead.
It simply means that the busy body that owned those wings found its mate and hence discarded its wings to start building its new home and new family. This new found king and queen take care of their babies until there are enough workers. The king then continues to cater to the queen and the two can live for up to 10 years.
- Don’t be confused:
Are you suddenly seeing white ants in your home? If yes, you are confusing termites to be ants as the ant family doesn’t include white ants. So, it is possible that the white ants you are seeing are actually termites. This is why it is important to know the difference between the two.
Termites are light in colour and their white or creamy bodies can look almost translucent. They also have dead straight antennas unlike ants. Both flying insects have 2 sets of wings but termite’s wings are the same size unlike an ant’s set of wings that features one set of wings to be bigger than the other set.
- Check for hollow sounds:
As these pests devour wood from the inside and chew away till the outside, they cause extensive damage which may even results in only the outside paint being left. Any kind of wood that is hollow from the inside has a papery sound. This means that if parts of your home or furniture are suddenly sounding hollow, you might have a termite invasion.
- Watch out for stiff windows and bloated doors:
One of the most ignored signs of termites is windows and door that suddenly become difficult to open and close. Stiff doors and windows are often a sign of moisture and moisture is emitted from these insects while they munch away at the wood causing it to be bloated or warped.
- Look for broken timber:
As termites work from the inside it can be very difficult to spot their tunnelling activities to determine an infestation. However, remember if you find pieces of broken timber near your home or on your property, there are high chances you house is now the termite’s house too.
- Check for termite waste:
The most obvious sign of any pest infestation is the dropping of the pest that is found around your home and property. Likewise, if you have a termite infestation you will be seeing frass—termite waste.
Drywood termites do not use their waste to build tunnels and discard their waste instead. You can look for the same by looking for black marks or a dark powdery substance. If you find the same you can be sure you have figured out the location of the infestation too.
- Subterranean Termites:
These signs help you determine if you have drywood termites in your home. Subterranean termites prefer to live in soil and can be dwelling under your home or in your backyard. Get help from professionals ensures you do not have the same as skilled technicians are trained to see more than the untrained eye and will know what to look for.
- Professional Termite Inspection:
You can always be sure of an infestation instead of just guessing by hiring professionals for an inspection. This can help find these pesky creatures at an early stage and help you get rid of the same too. Professionals use equipment with sensors to detect activity and will also know the best way to get rid of these creatures.
Having regular inspections will cut away risk to your property especially since most insurance policies do not cover the same.
Use these signs and help to determine if you have a termite inspection services, but remember that calling professional to determine the same can be extra helpful.
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