Termite infestations are one of the most devastating pest infestations. In fact, people have lost houses to termites. And across Queensland, termites are prevalent. So how can you spot them? Early detection is the key to treating termites, and although they’re stealthy, there are some great warning signs. With these warning signs, you can locate and treat a termite infestation, before it’s too late!
#1 Dead and rotting trees in your yard can be a sign of a termite infestation
Termites have to get to your home before they can infest it. And there’s normally going to become evidence that they’re coming. One of the most definitive signs of a possible termite infestation is a dead tree. Dead and rotting trees might not always mean termites, but it’s well worth getting them checked by specialists if you suspect foul play.
#2 Do timber fittings around your home seem hollow? That’s a common sign of termites
No you’re not losing your mind – that door frame really has hollowed out! And there’s one obvious culprit: termites. Termites hollow out timber at a relatively rapid rate. So if you start to notice hollow points in timber around your home, contact a pest control expert. It could be a sign of a termite infestation.
#3 You might be surprised to know that certain noises can be signs of a termite infestation
Termites are one pest that not many people associate with noise. But if you swear you keep hearing clicking sounds from within your walls, termites may be the cause. Termites do, believe it or not, make a small clicking sound when they’re burrowing through timber. So don’t ignore the signs – get a pest control expert to see if there’s a termite infestation in the making.
#4 The earliest warning sign of termite infestations is winged ants – here’s what they mean
Like we mentioned earlier, termites have to get to your property before they can infest it. And one way they do so is by flying. Certain varieties of termites can fly, and reproductively active termites actually develop wings and go in search of potential new colonies. So if they show up on your doorstep, it’s a sign of a future termite infestation. Our advice: send them on their way with a professional termite treatment.
#5 Are your timber doorways mysteriously warping? Might be time for a pest inspection!
When termites chew through your timber, they do more than just hollow it out. They actually warp it. It might be subtle enough that your eyes don’t notice. But doors that don’t seem to shut anymore or are a little swollen can be a sign of a termite infestation.
#6 Mysterious sawdust isn’t what it seems – it’s normally a sign of termite infestations
It’s pretty easy to overlook little piles of sawdust in the cobwebs around our skirting boards. After all, you vacuum it up and it’s gone, right? Well, maybe, but if it’s caused by termites the it’ll be back. What you’re actually seeing are termite droppings, not sawdust. And that’s normally a sign of a termite infestation. Our advice: act fast!
#7 Tunnels through wood around your home can only really mean one thing: termites
Termites bore through wood like little tunnelling machines. And while you can’t see them from the surface, if a skirting board drops off or a floorboard lifts a little, their presence will become pretty clear. They leave labyrinths through any timber, and if you see even one then it’s time to get a professional pest expert in to help.
#8 Termites need water: follow the signs of damp timber to find termite infestations in your home
Like any animal or insect, termites need water. In fact, they need a fair bit of it. So if part of your home is consistently damp, it’s worth keeping a close eye on. If there’s one thing termites love, it’s infesting damp timber.
#9 One dead termite can’t be that bad, right? Actually, it can be a sign of something sinister…
Finally, what actually constitutes an infestation? Surely one little termite is no big deal. As much as we wish that were the case, it’s not. Termites don’t need much time at all to go from lone ranger to all-out infestation. So if you see one lonely little guy, act now!
For professional pest solutions, get in touch with the termite specialists at Evict-A-Bug today on 0432 674 568.