What Does A Termite Nest Look Like

And How To Identify Signs Of Termite Activity In Your Home

What does a termite nest look like? Termite nests come in different shapes and sizes. Some are easy to identify because they exist in the trees around your home. Others are subterranean, and hence they’re going to be harder to find. The Australian Museum outlines five main types of termite nests:

termite nest in reedy creek

Ground Mounds

These are what many people think of when they think of termite nests. The ground mound is a complex and sophisticated structure made by the termites to home their colony. See here is a termite mound found on the Gold Coast.

termite nest in Queensland

Tree Nests

Tree nests are common around the Gold Coast. These nests are visible as a large termite bowl on the side of the tree. They are connected to an internal cavity in the tree.

pole nest

Pole Nests

These occur on human structures such as fence posts (as shown here) or telephone poles. The one shown here was photographed by the Gold Coast Pest Inspector during his inspection of a local property.

Termite inspections Gold Coast

Subterranean Nests

These nests are underground, in soil, stumps and tree bases. What we've shown here is a termite trail leading out of the ground up some bricks and into the home above. While these termites may not have lived in a subterranean colony they will live in the dirt quite happily for extended periods and may pass back and forth to a colony located nearby.

The most common termite nest here in South East Queensland are those of the subterranean termite. As the name would suggest they build their nest underground, in the soil where the moist warm conditions are ideal to their survival. These are also the trickiest to identify.

So what does a termite nest look like? Here are some examples of the type of termite nest you might see. (There are more at the end of the article.)

What does a termite nest look like
Pole nests are often found in the central coast of NSW on fence posts and telephone poles.
What does a termite nest look like?
These termite nests are more common in the Northern Territory
What does a termite nest look like?
Tree termite nests are found on the outside of a usually hollow tree.

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Got termites?

If you suspect you have termites in or around you home, it's time to book an inspection.

Termite Activity

Even if you don’t see a nest on or near your property, here on the Gold Coast there is a very high chance there are termites active nearby.  Termites can travel and live underground, moving hundreds of metres to and from the termite nest.Richard’s experience shows that there is almost always some termite activity in every home on the Gold Coast. We recommend you get a professional inspection done. Even professional inspectors can miss signs of termites. (See Signs Of Termites Other Inspectors Missed.) These so-called professionals have more experience than the average person, so you should trust your own ability to spot termites. Also, an experienced termite inspector like Richard will show you have to reduce your risk around your home.With that said, you’ve come here looking for things you can see around your home that might indicate termite activity. So here goes…

Signs of termite activity

Termites cause billions in damage every year. With most termite nests hidden underground while the termites go about their business inside the walls of the home, by the time the termites have been discovered it is often too late for the homeowner. It can be a very expensive fix and very few, if any, insurance companies cover termite damage. (Really, we can’t stress enough, don’t rely on your own ability to spot termites. Get an inspection.)

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Signs Of Termites Others Missed

We have a look at some of the things other pest inspectors missed. That includes this termite nest found in the wall cavity of a Gold Coast home. 

Here are some signs you may come across that are a good indication of termite activity: 

Some More Termite Nest

Time to call a pest inspector

Even if you cannot see any of this evidence of termites there is still a good chance there are some around your Gold Coast property and by the time the damage is noticed, significant structural damage may already be done. It is best to get in first with regular termite inspections from a qualified pest inspector. Give us a call today to arrange a comprehensive termite inspection. 

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