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October 11, 2021

How Termites Spread in Your Home


For many homeowners, the spread of termites throughout their home is a terrifying prospect. Not only is termite damage hard to identify within a home, but the damage costs that termites can cause are generally not covered by home insurance. This ultimately means that the rapid spread of termites can set homeowners back thousands or sometimes hundreds of thousands worth of structural damage costs. In order for homeowners to combat the spread of termites throughout their home, it is essential for homeowners to be able to identify the signs of a termite infestation spreading throughout their home. Homeowners who are not properly educated on these signs may suffer the consequences of termite damage, as many visible signs of damage only arise once a termite infestation has spread throughout the entire property. 

When it comes to identifying termite damage, there are three major signs that a termite infestation could be taking place within your home. These signs include finding mud-based tubes, spotting flying termites, or hearing the sound of falling or hollowed timbers caused by termites living within your walls. 

Mud-Based Tubes:

Due to their small size, looking for mud-based tubes might be challenging; yet subterranean termites use those same tubes to avoid being exposed in the open and infiltrate your home. Look for possible access points in your home, such as windows and doors, to locate these mud-based tubes. Examine your home for potential entry points, such as small gaps in the outer walls. It’s a bad sign that a termite infestation has commenced within your home if you notice mud-based tubes leading into these gaps in the exterior walls.


Flying Termites:

The purpose of flying termites within their colony is to look for and settle sites that are suitable for a new termite colony to be established. Unfortunately, due to many homes containing wood-based frames, it makes any homes that are within close proximity to an existing termite colony at significant risk of termite damage.  If you encounter these tiny, white-winged pests close to your home, it is a strong indicator that termites are present. This is particularly concerning if a flying termite has been discovered inside your home. 

flying termites

Termites in the Walls:

Knocking on your home’s internal walls will reveal clear evidence of a termite infestation if one was to be occurring. Walls that have been subjected to termite damage will generally sound hollowed out and different to walls that do not have a termite infestation within them. When knocking on these walls it is important to also listen for falling timbers as these timbers will often reveal the true extent of the damage. If the timber frame in the infested wall of your home sounds extremely hollow, or if you hear falling timbers, it is a sure sign that flying termites will seek out other areas of your home’s frame due to timber becoming increasingly scarce in the current infested area.

If you identify any of these signs within your home, it is extremely important to contact a licensed termite expert such as the ones at Multipest in order to evaluate any potential termite damage within your home. Whilst the ability to identify the signs of termite damage is important to stopping the further spread of termites, it Is equally important for homeowners to understand what can cause termites to spread throughout your home in the first place. The main ways that this initial spread into your home can occur are by having timber-based objects or furniture close to your external walls, as well as having any leaky taps within your home. 

termites in the walls

Any timber on or around the external walls of your home can serve as an easy catalyst for a termite infestation. Many homes with wood-based shoe racks, chairs, tables, boxes, or other timber products provide flying termites with an open invite to an easily accessible source of food. Whilst damage to these wood-based objects will not burn a hole in your pocket, it is clear that the primary issue is the ability for these termites to easily spread from these objects and into your home’s walls. As a result of many of these wood-based products being located within meters of your home’s external walls, it makes the wood-frame within your home easily accessible for flying termites to start a new colony. In order to help prevent termites from entering your home, it is important to remove and substitute wood-based products or furniture that are close to your home’s exterior walls in order to minimize the risk of termites finding your home. Another way that termites initially spread into your home is through leaky taps. If a flying termite notices a leaky tap in a kitchen or bathroom, it serves as a sign that the wood within these areas of the home is damp. Due to many termites’ preference of damp wood, this would serve as an easily accessible and desirable source of food for termites, putting your home’s kitchen and bathrooms at the most significant risk. As a direct result of this, it is important to seal off any leaky taps, immediately.

If you notice any of the signs of termites spreading throughout your home. It is important to contact the termite professionals at Multipest. With over 25 years in industry experience, Multipest has been effectively servicing termites Redlands, termites Brisbane, termites Bayside and termite infestations in all other corners of Queensland’s southeastern region through an effective termidor treatment. With the increase of consistently heavy termite activity throughout these areas, it is evident that termite control has never been more important to secure your homes and families future. In addition to this we also offer services for pest control Victoria Point, pest control Redlands, pest control Brisbane and all other areas of south east Queensland. For all of our termidor termite pest control solutions, call Multipest today.