EVIDENCE OF TERMITES

They aren't always easy to spot, but here are a few signs of termite evidence around your home or building:
 

  • Mud shelter tubes they build for protection. These can sometimes be seen in brick foundations, gyprock or architraves.
     

  • Mud trails around timber and furniture.
    As termites build their colonies underground, they use mud tunnels to journey from the ground to their food source (the timber of your home.) The presence of mud tunnels or “mudding” around the edges of your home suggests that termites may be burrowing their way into your house.

     

  • Hollow-sounding timber (meaning they've eaten away at the timber).
    Termites hollow out the middle of timber, leaving a thin outer shell that protects them from predators and desiccation. Although the type of damage is usually specific to species, the presence of a hollow sounding knock on multiple surfaces can indicate that termites may have begun eating the timber in your walls.

     

  • Wood dust piles
     

  • Squeaky floorboards or sagging floors or doors.
    As termites destroy the floor from underneath, it is easy to fall for the illusion that your floorboards are fine; that is until they lose their structural integrity, and begin to fall apart. If you see any sign of your floorboards beginning to collapse, there is a strong chance that you may in fact have termites.

     

  • Easily-damaged skirting boards, door jams or architraves (because termites take away the structural integrity of timber, a small knock to these areas can cause damage).
     

  • Cracked paint or plaster (as termites eat away at timber, affecting its structural integrity, it causes cracks in paint and plaster).
     

  • Piles of shed wings appearing along walls, window frames, sills, etc. 
    These are from the alates (also known as flying ants) and are an obvious sign of potential termite infestation. They can often be found in roofs, subfloor areas and tangled in spider webs and crevices.  Discovery of alates often means that the colony is nearby, and could very well be destroying your home.

     

  • Power failures (termites are attracted to the warmth of electrical fittings behind walls).
     

If you notice any evidence of termites, it is critical to act as quickly as possible.  It is important that termites are not disturbed when found and it is very important they are not sprayed with domestic pesticides as this can compromise termite treatment methods.  Contact Jenner Pest Control for a termite inspection and we can advise on the best method to treat and protect your home.
 

Treatment options begin with an inspection, usually followed by eradication of the termite colony, and then establishing a barrier to help prevent the reoccurrence of termite activity.