The war against termites: Detection & Control

by Greg on October 22, 2015

Termites

One of the worst experiences you can have as a homeowner is being under attack from termites. These insects may seem innocent, but can increase the health and fire risks to your home. The repair bill for getting rid of termites or repairing the damage that they have caused can also rise into the thousands of dollars. There are ways homeowners can prevent the threat of termite infestations, as well as to look out for signs of termites in the area. Below are a few tips to allow you to succeed against any battles with termites.

Detection

You have noticed an excess of dust around the house.

This may not be dust. It may actually be the faeces from termites that are eating the wood in your home. Have a closer look and if you notice an abundance of it, it is likely that there are termites dwelling in your property.

Check wooden walls, floors and furniture for signs of hollowness.

If your home has wooden structures, knock on them to find out how hollow the wood is and to determine the amount of termites. Termites will be looking for wood (particularly moist wood) that will be their food source. If you notice any damp areas where wood is lying about, be sure to do the necessary checks.

You have noticed winged termites in the home.

They tend to become more present after rain or where there are moist areas. Many people confuse these termites for flying ants. These are a tale-tale sign of termite threats to your home.

You start to notice mud trails around your home.

Termites build mud trails to access their food sources. They can build these systems up to 150m in length. Look around your home to see any signs of mud trails on pipes or along the walls of your home.

You start noticing changes to the paintwork around your home.

This usually occurs if the termites have gained entry into your home and they start eating the timber from the home inside out. They usually burrow cavities and will damage the woodwork, leaving the paintwork til last. It will look like the paintwork is flaking, when it is actually termite damage. You can use a large screwdriver to tap the walls around your home to check for a hollow sound.

Check the garden for any signs of termite activity.

Check around your garden for any loose timbers, stumps, trees or retaining walls that may attract termites. They love moist areas, so it is important that you check any moist areas around your home.

Check the roof for any termite activity.

Sometimes, termites do reach the roof of the home. Out of all of the rooms, the bathroom should be checked especially because of the moisture that can be created in the wood.

You hear unusual knocking noises in your home.

When termites sense danger, they will bang their heads on the wood to alert the other termites that there is danger ahead. You can see an example of what they do in the video below.

Prevention

If you want to create a safety bubble around your home, then the ideal option is to get termite treatments done to protect the home. Below are treatment options such as:

Chemical barriers – whereby a liquid chemical is added to the soil and can surround the perimeter of the building. You can implement the termite barriers during the construction time. You can choose to implement a solution that will kill or deter them.

Physical barriers – Is a layer or slab that is placed under the building. These protective barriers are useful when you decide to build a new home or extend on your current home.

Prevention is better than a cure when it comes to managing termite infestations. Become informed on what to look out for and if you notice any signs of termite activity, be sure to take action early.

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