As termites tend to avoid sunlight, it’s not often you’ll catch them out in the open. So how do you know if you have a termite problem?
We’ve put together a list of 5 signs to lookout for that giveaway a termite colony establishing within your walls.
#1 Wood Damage
Well duh?! We here you say…
But sometimes wood damage isn’t as obvious as you might think.
As termites eat wood from the inside out it can sometimes be too late by the time you start to notice damage.
So a good sign is wood that is going soft as well as wood that sounds hollow when tapped. It’s a good idea to keep a look out for wood that is blistering or going dark in colour…
#2 Cracked Or Bubbling Paint
This is often a sign of moisture build up within the wood.
This means one of two things and neither of them is good.
Moisture build up means you either have water damage, or termites are behind it. Either way get it sorted as it can cause issues like mould build up which is bad for your respiratory health.
#3 Mud Tubes
Termites need to live in a cool damp environment.
Subterranean termites build mud tubes to provide a cool source of moisture while they move in between the colony and whatever food source they have found.
A good place to look mud tubes is near a homes foundations as they provide a good path for termites to get underground from a property.
#4 Discarded Wings
Young termites known as reproductives or “swarmers” emerge from their nests in Spring.
They will congregate together to mate and then fly off to establish new colonies. (usually in our homes…) After these termites have found a new site they will shed their wings and go on to establish a new colony.
Check for dicarded swarmer wings around windowsills and doors as this is often the most visible sign of an impending termite infestation.
#5 Frass (Termite Poop)
Like all animals and insects termites poop.
Known as “frass” termites produce light, wood coloured droppings that look like small piles of sawdust.
Look around joins and windowsills for signs of frass as it could indicate a termite infestation.
Keep these 5 signs in mind when inspecting your home for a termite infestation.
If you notice any of these signs it’s always a good idea to arrange for an expert to come and conduct a thorough check as you can never be sure if you’re catching an infestation in the making or if your property already has an established colony. Either way termites are not something you want to have in your home.