Signs of Termites

Signs Of
Termites

WANTING TO KNOW THE SIGNS OF TERMITES AROUND YOUR HOME?

The weather conditions of Queensland are the perfect environment for warmth loving termites.  Spells of hot, dry weather followed by heavy rains and humidity have termites in their hundreds of thousands – if not millions – on the move as these wood hungry pests search for new digs and expand their territory.  What we don’t want, is them moving into YOUR home. 

While there are hundreds of species of termites, there are seven main destructive species in Queensland, with the the coptotermes acinaciformis species accounting for as much as 70% of damage to buildings. Protecting the structural integrity of your home is vital and with terminate damage not covered by home insurance in Australia, your out of pocket expenses could be significant if infestation occurs. So, what do we look for as the signs that termites have invaded our home?

Termite Mudding

  • Termite Mudding. Termites build shelters and transportation systems for themselves in available cracks and gaps around your home in places such as retaining walls, foundations, roof cavities, architraves, skirting boards, and along piping.

Hidden Damage

Termites eat away at timbers leaving them hollowed out and structurally unsound.  Sometimes the first sign anyone has that they have a termite problem is when the vacuum cleaner head goes straight through a skirting board or wall.

When checking for termites, check for :

  • Hollow sounding timber
  • Sagging floors and doors
  • Easily damaged skirting boards, door surrounds, architraves as well as cracked paint or plaster

Electrical Issues

Termites naturally gravitate towards sources of warmth.  Beyond the mudding and hidden damage we’ve covered so far, termites are additionally known for creating electrical issues within a home.  Be on the look out for:

  • Power failures - because termites love warmth, the electric power outlets and fittings are particularly attractive to them.

What to do if you find signs of Termites

DON’T try to destroy or disturb the nest

DON’T try to eliminate the termites with household sprays or other chemicals (including petrol, kerosene, etc)

* If termites feel threatened or attacked they immediately go into hiding making them much harder to locate and eradicate.

DO call your preferred Pest Control expert, arrange for a building & pest inspection and discuss an effective pest control strategy to implement.

Gold Coast Termite Inspections

When it comes to termites in your home, prevention is definitely better than a cure. If you suspect you have signs of termites in your home, organise an expert termite inspection with Gold Coast Pest Inspector.
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