It’s been estimated that as many as 85% of Australian homes are within 25 meters of a termite colony.
With a yearly damage bill that runs into the BILLIONS around the world, termites are the hidden disease eating away at Australians hard-earned homes.
The clincher is most home insurance companies won’t even cover termite damage so you might want to check your policy…
Thankfully most of us in Dubbo are pretty clued up when it comes to these little white ants but we thought we’d put together some reminders for you in case you’ve noticed any of these signs around your home.
You’ve probably seen termite wings that termites leave near closed windows, doors and other areas of your home where they can get access.
Every time termites swarm out of their nest to start a new colony, they fly for a short distance to find a new food source (your home) then discard their wings.
You can tell the difference between termite swarmers and ants because termite wings are the same size while ants have one pair of larger front wings and one pair of smaller rear wings.
If you see discarded wings around entry points to your home it’s a sure-fire sign it’s time for another inspection.
If you see pencil-sized mud tubes where the ground meets your house, or in a tree, shed or other possible food source it’s a sign of an infestation.
In order to survive termites need a certain level of temperature and humidity and their tunnels help to protect them.
They’re termite highways straight into the wood of your home. Now, if you want to confirm whether they are still active, try removing a small part in the center of the mud tunnel and don’t touch the ends.
If the removed part is rebuilt within a couple of days or they have built a new one it means there is an active infestation.
Seems kind of obvious huh…
But you’d be surprised at the amount of people that disregard it at their own cost.
It’s easy to identify the culprits of this kind of damage. Termites chew through wood to look for cellulose and that leaves behind long grooves.
These grooves in due time weaken the wood and cause the damage. Let me tell you, looking for below-the-surface wood damage is a difficult thing to do and it’s best for you to leave the job to the experts.
Specialists have the proper tools to examine hollowed-out areas for any indications of termite damage and usually, we don’t have to cut through walls or ceilings.
How can you protect your home from termites?
You can start by eliminating moisture problems in and around your home. That means fixing any downpipes and cleaning out your gutters.
Store firewood on iron or concrete and don’t let your garden soil touch your home’s foundations.
Don’t take termites for granted. You might find yourself regretting it after your property is damaged and you’re left with a huge bill because your insurance company turns around and says NOPE to a payout.
If you have seen any of these signs, don’t hesitate to get a termite control expert to evaluate your house, it will save you money in the long run…