04 Apr 3 Signs You Might Have Termites In Your Home
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3 Signs You Might Have Termites In Your Home
Termite season in Australia usually starts to peak in the spring, when swarms emerging from their colonies search for mates and new places to build nests. As a homeowner or landlord, it is important to understand the early warning signs of termites because once they’ve entered your property, they can spread quickly.
So, what are termites? Termites are a type of wood-destroying insect that can cause significant damage to a home if left untreated. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to detect because they often work silently and invisibly behind walls and under floors. There are several signs that may indicate the presence of termites in your home. Here are three of the most common signs that you should look out for.
Visible signs of termite damage
One of the most obvious signs of termites in your home is visible damage to wood structures, such as floors, walls, and furniture. Termites feed on wood and other cellulose materials, and over time, this can weaken the structure and cause it to warp, buckle, or sag. You may notice small holes in wooden surfaces, or a hollow sound when you tap on them. You may also see trails of mud or dirt on walls or floors, which are created by subterranean termites as they travel between their nest and food sources.
Other signs can include:
• Stuck windows or doors
• Damage under paint or wallpaper
• Termite swarmers & discarded wings
• Mud tubes
• Termite droppings
Termites tend to target windows and doors because of the light. When they infest these places, they leave their wings and dropping, which can cause windows and doors to feel stuck. As termites start to eat through the woods, they may even cause your doors and windows to warp. Besides stuck windows or doors, you may notice signs of structural damage such as crumbling baseboards or sagging floors and ceilings. Take note though that woods can easily rot and that the warping and change in quality can be caused by other external factors. You have to evaluate the wooden parts of your home correctly.
Swarms of winged termites
Termites reproduce by swarming, which involves large groups of winged termites leaving their nest to mate and establish new colonies. If you see a swarm of winged insects in or around your home, there is a good chance they are termites. These insects are attracted to light and are most commonly seen in the spring or early summer, but they can appear at any time of year. If you see swarming termites, it is important to act quickly to prevent them from establishing a colony in your home.
It is important to note that these winged termites are not harmful to humans and do not cause any structural damage to homes. However, they are a sign that there is a termite colony nearby, and if left untreated, the termites can cause significant damage to a home.
If you notice a swarm of winged termites around your home, it is important to take action. Use the following steps to spot a termite infestation in your home.
• Look for mud tubes on the exterior of your home, which are a sign of a termite colony.
• Check for any signs of damage to the wood around your home, such as buckling or hollow-sounding wood.
Once you have located the termite colony, it is important to call a professional pest control company. They will be able to assess the extent of the infestation and recommend the best course of action to eliminate the termites.
Prevention is the key to avoiding a termite infestation. Regular inspections of your home, especially in areas where there is moisture or wood-to-soil contact, can help identify any potential problems before they become major issues. Keeping your home well-ventilated and dry can also help prevent termites from taking hold. Bottom of Form
Termites produce small, pellet-like droppings called frass, which they push out of their tunnels and into the surrounding area. These droppings can look like sawdust or sand, and they may accumulate in piles around the base of wooden structures or in other areas where termites are active. If you see frass in your home, it is a clear sign that termites are present and actively feeding on the wood. Follow the tips below to deal with termite droppings
• Confirm that they are indeed termite droppings. Examine the droppings closely to see if they are small, elongated pellets that resemble grains of rice. If you’re not sure, you can collect a sample and take it to a pest control professional for identification.
• Once you’ve confirmed that you have a termite infestation, take action to deal with it. While there are DIY methods for treating termite infestations, it’s often best to call a professional pest control company to handle the job. A professional can assess the extent of the infestation and recommend the best treatment options, which may include chemical treatments, baiting systems, or fumigation.
• If you decide to tackle the problem yourself, there are a few tips to keep in mind when dealing with termite droppings. First, it’s important to wear protective gear, including gloves, a mask, and eye protection, to avoid exposure to the droppings and any harmful chemicals you may be using. Additionally, be sure to follow all instructions carefully and use the appropriate equipment for the job, such as drills and sprayers.
• Address the source of the termite infestation. Remove any source of moisture or standing water around your property, such as leaky pipes or clogged gutters. Get rid of any wood debris or dead trees from your property to eliminate potential termite habitats.
Spotting the signs of termite infestation as early as possible is highly beneficial for property owners. It helps you prevent possible damage that they could bring to your property in the future.
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