Identifying Termite Infestations and the signs of termite activity will help homeowners and agents to manage this costly issue more effectively. We have put together a list of the top 5 signs to that will help to identify Termite Infestations:
Hollow sounding timber
Because termites eat wood from the inside out a thin veneer of timber or paint is left after the termite infestation, this can often hide the damage. When you knock or tap on it, however, it sounds hollow and is easily damaged.
Tight fitting doors and windows
When doors and windows are hard to open it is often related to dampness. It can also be a sign of termite infestation, the reason is that that the moisture that termites produce when tunnelling through timber causes the wood to warp, which can create issues when opening and closing.
The Subterranean termite doesn’t usually build their nest in the wood inside of a building, they make tunnels that look like mud to transport food between the food source and their colony which is in the ground (or a tree/tree stump) outside. The mud trails or tubes (made from a mixture of soil and termite excrement) are about as wide as a pen and often found on walls.
Sounds of tapping or chewing
Termites are actually noisy eaters if you put your ear to the wall and can hear a clicking or chewing sound this could be termites eating the wood. Soldier termites also bang their heads against the wood to signal danger to the other termites. If you hear these sounds coming from walls it could be a sign of Termite Infestation.
Moisture on walls
Damp areas and moisture on walls can be a sign of subterranean termite activity and can often be confused with water damage. Other termite infestation signs include buckling wood, discolouration on walls, small holes or paint with bubbles in it.
Preventing Termite Infestations
As with most things prevention is always a better solution than eradication. Being vigilant and doing some small things can make a huge difference and save homeowners thousands.
The first step and most important one is to eliminate moisture from in and around the home. Removing all food sources (timber is also vital). As well as these simple steps it’s also a good idea to:
· Repair all leaks
· Keep gutters and downpipes clean
· Ensure there is no water gathering on the ground or roof of the property
· Keep all vents clear and open to ensure airflow
· Remove excess plant cover and mulch from garden beds
· Ensure all wood is kept away from foundations
· Railway sleepers are a preferred food source of termites and should be replaced asap
· Place screens on vents to inhibit entry
· Regularly check wooden decks and fences
· Any wood used in construction should not make direct contact with the soil
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