A termites colony can be a home owner’s worst nightmare – eating structural timbers at an alarming rate. In Canberra, termites are active throughout the year, but more so in the warmer months. A mature colony of subterranean termites can number 60,000+ and cause serious damage within months.
They may be small, but termites are hungry little critters that can cause an incredible amount of damage to your home.
The small white insect has the ability to chew its way through the wood, and while tiny as individuals they live in highly organised colonies of a million or more, and together they can cause considerable structural damage to your home.
Termites are better known for the damage they do to buildings than people but the cost of said damage can be enough to make a homeowner feel very ill indeed. Industry organisation Archicentre Australia says inspections are a thorough and vital tool to help prevent termite damage to homes. Source
Protecting your home before signs of termites arise is one of the best ways to save money and keep your family safe when it comes to these destructive insects.
Termites that have been nesting in your home for years can cause thousands of dollars in damage. This type of damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
Here are some early signs that your home is being infested by termites
1. BLISTERS IN WOOD FLOORING
These areas or blisters can indicate termites feeding within or below. Subterranean termites can cause damage to the subfloor, which can make your wood flooring appear as if it has water damage.
2. HOLLOWED OR DAMAGED WOOD
Wood damage can be found below and behind surfaces like walls, floors and more. This can be caused by termites chewing through the wood in search of cellulose, leaving behind long grooves. Over time, these grooves weaken the wood and create structural damage.
3. EVIDENCE OF SWARMS
Discarded termite wings can be found near closed windows, doors and other home-access points. This is caused when termites swarm out of their nest to mate and find a place to start a new colony.
4. MUD TUBES
Pencil-sized mud tubes can be found wherever the ground meets your house or any other possible food source like a tree or shed. This is because subterranean termites nest underground and forage up to their food source, which is often a house structure.
5. DRYWOOD TERMITE DROPPINGS
Drywood termites nest inside of wood. While tunnelling and eating the wood they’re infesting, they create galleries that they like to keep clean. To keep them clean, they create kick out holes where they remove their excrement. Continue reading
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