Termite infestations can cause huge amounts of damage to property. Infestation can severely damage the wooden structures of the property, which can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Additionally, any property with an infestation is difficult to sell—even after treatment. This is why it is imperative that termite activity in any building is detected and treated as early as possible. Routine inspections should be carried out at least once a year to ensure that all is clear.
What signs to look for?
A number of signs can confirm termite infestation in a property. These can be identified by anyone and should be dealt with immediately. Here are some of these signs:
- Dark brown substance lining wooden structures of the property- This substance is a combination of termite saliva, faeces and chewed up wood. Termites leave this substance behind as they move through wooden structures.
- Hollow sounds when knocking on walls- Termites eat wooden structures, leaving behind a hollow structure. This sound can be heard when one knocks on the wood and listens closely.
- Termite swarms located external to the property- Swarms of termites indicate large groups of male and female termites that are looking to mate and start a new colony.
- Clicking sound coming from walls- When termites sense danger they hit their heads against wooden structures creating this sound. This sound also comes from termites chewing through wood.
- Small numbers of termites visible inside the property- People may spot a few termites inside the property. These can be dealt with on the spot using a simple household vacuum. However, pest control services should be immediately called to make an inspection.
When dealing with termite infestations, each case and situation is unique. Pest control operators specialising in termite infestations should be called so they can determine the best course of action. If the infestation is in its early stages then simple preventative measures may be recommended, such as reducing moisture around wooden structures of the property. Otherwise, bait boxes are routinely used to treat infestations. These are boxes containing poisoned termite bait that are strategically placed around the property. The bait is then consumed by visiting termites and taken back to their colony, which spreads the poison and eradicates them. Termiticides are usually used as a last resort as they are quite strong and the property needs to be vacated for the day to ensure that no one comes into contact with the pesticide.
For more information on termite extermination, contact a pest control company.