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September 9, 2021

Does your house have termites? Here’s how to tell.

Whilst many pests have the capacity to cause significant harm to your property, it is clear that termites are often the most harmful. This is due to the fact that termites will eat away at the internal structure of your home, often resulting in an exponential amount of damage that can cost homeowners thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. So how can you tell if your house has been infested with termites? Often termites are incredibly difficult to identify due to the fact that they hide within the walls of your home. A failure to successfully identify a termite infestation early on will result in the colony of termites branching out and eventually causing structural damage to different areas of your home, oppose to just being confined to just the one area. This in turn would result in increasingly greater termite damage which would ultimately lead to a heftier repair bill. This exemplifies why it is so critical for homeowners to be able to identify whether their home is infested with termite early on, in order to keep termite damage and repair costs at a minimum. Below is a list of 3 ways that homeowners can easily identify whether or not they have a termite infestation within their home.

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Knocking on the walls: Often termite damage is not visible until it is far too late. If termite damage is visible, it is a sure sign that termites have spread and begun causing structural damage throughout the entire property. So how can a homeowner identify a termite infestation early on without being able to see it? The answer is simple, knocking on the walls. By lightly knocking on the walls, a homeowner can easily listen for signs of a termite infestation. Walls with termites will often sound different to walls without termites. Listening out for hollowed out timbers or small, falling pieces of  wood are very telling signs that a termite infestation is occurring within your home. If you hear this, it is vital that you arrange for a termite treatment as soon as possible in order to avoid extra damage from occurring. 

Look out for flying termites: Throughout Australia there are various types of flying insects. However, if in the warmer months of the year you see white, winged insects, it is a good chance that it is a flying termite. Flying termites are a very strong indication that there are termite colonies either in or around your home. These termites’ main role is to leave their current nest due to insufficient food  or overcrowding in search of a new location to start a colony. These flying termites will look for areas that are warm, dark, moist and have large quantities of wood. The internal walls of homes have many of these conditions meaning that if a flying termite comes across your home, it will more then likely start a new colony there. If you see a flying termite within your home, it is vital that you arrange for a termite inspection and if necessary, a subsequent termite treatment as soon as possible. If you spot flying termites in your backyard, it is a good sign that a colony may have begun in places such as dead tree stumps. This makes it vital for homeowners to remove any wood-based materials or dead stumps as far away from the external walls of the house as possible. 

Look for mud-based tubes: With subterranean termites Species Coptotermes being the most common termites nationwide, it is evident that they need shelters ( mud tubbing) which termites need  to live in 100% humidity at all times once they emerge from the ground. These shelters are in the form of mud-based tubes which they use to travel across exposed terrain to eventually enter your home. Whilst the small size of these tubes can be incredibly difficult to spot, it is an almost sure sign that termites have entered your home. If you are concerned about the potential of a termite infestation in your home, look closely for these mudded tubes at all of the points where termites could likely enter.

Often it is incredibly difficult to tell whether not your home has a termite infestation occurring until it is too late. This can set back unsuspecting homeowners thousands and sometimes even hundreds of thousands of dollars. As a direct result of this factor, it is essential to book a termite inspection and subsequent termite treatment as soon as possible to avoid significant damage from occurring within your home. If you are looking to buy a home, it is crucial that you arrange for a building pest control inspection in order to ensure that you will not have to spend any extra money on a termite treatment using a termidor Brisbane qualified company once your new home is purchased. 

Multipest is a professional termite and pest control business located in the Redland city.  We treat and inspect termites Redlands, termites bayside, we also complete termidor treatment brisbane.  If you have any issues regarding termites or any other pests, please do not hesitate to contact us with your concerns.