7 Signs You Might Have Termites

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Termites consume wood at such a gradual pace, so it’s usually really hard to detect their presence. This characteristic is why they are one of the most destructive pests in Australia. Once you notice that there’s damage, it would have already been too late for termite treatment.

The most common species of termites in Australia are subterranean: they’re small, almost ant-sized, and attracted to moisture. The country’s humidity is one of the primary reasons why they’re so abundant, so if your house contains any wooden features, they’re especially prone to this type of termites. 

It’s better to ensure your assets aren’t exposed to termites since their damage can be costlyーit is estimated that termite damage in Australia can cost more than a hundred million dollars per year. Don’t let it get to the point wherein you have to pay a lot of money for repairs. 

To help you be more aware of termites’ activities in your house, our team at Ballarat Pest Control Services has curated some signs to look out for before any termite gets in your way. 

Insects’ differing size, colour, and shape

As mentioned above, subterranean termites have a very similar size as ants, and their most distinctive feature to the bare eye is their colour. If you find an “ant” that looks whiter than the others, then there is a good chance that it is a termite. 

More than that, termites usually have a wider waist, so if you can, look closely at their body shape, and you might see that they are not your ordinary house ant. Another feature to look out for is their antennae: termites have straight antennae while the ants’ are tilted outwards. 

Flying insects

Some species of termites can grow wings, so if there might be small insects flying around in your house, don’t just assume that they’re ordinary flies or fruit flies! Granted, it would be challenging to spot their colour and body shape while they’re in the air, but if you have the chance to catch or see one, then pay attention to its appearance. 

Sawdust or damaged wood

Termites feed on moist wood, so it would be very logical for them to leave traces whenever they chew on your wood. Look around for some sawdust on the floor or even some holes on your wooden furniture. 

Those are apparent and concrete signs that termites are present in those areas, so do not touch them since termites usually build their nests near them. If you suspect that the sawdust is not just an ordinary pile of wood pellets, call a professional immediately. 

Clicking sounds 

No matter how soft, you can hear a termite eat. Termite control professionals usually call this headbanging since a particular type of termite, soldier termites, signals danger to others by shaking their bodies and banging on the wood in the process. 

To detect danger, termites usually panic when they hear you move on the other side of the wall, and that just makes them eat a lot faster. This concept also applies when you play loud music: studies show that loud rock songs prompt the termites to eat twice as quickly. 

Hollow walls

That being said, termites usually stay behind your walls. When they’re given enough time to devour your house’s structure, then it will become easily detectable if your home has been damaged. 

You can knock on your wood to hear if it’s hollow, and if it is, then it is an indicator of a severe problem. It could mean that termites have already chewed on the wood behind the surface. 

Wings on any surface

Just like any winged insect, termites are attracted to bright light, meaning that they will usually fly around your light or windowsill. However, because of the heat, their wings can easily get damaged and discarded. 

If you see a pile of broken wings, make sure to call for a termite inspection immediately. It takes up to three to five years for a colony of termites to mature and produce wings, so if ever you see discarded wings on any surface, it would mean that they have already been in your home for at least three years. 

Mud tubes

These tubes usually look like tunnels on the wood, so don’t just dismiss that as common cracks or damage. You should closely look if it seems elevated, and it should look exactly like what it is calledーmud tubes. 

Subterranean termites need special protection to create their shelter on your surfaces, and they make them out of excess mud and termite feces. It’s where they live, so be careful not to touch or disturb them when you see those mud tubes since you might cause the termites to panic and spread out; you wouldn’t want to be attacked. 

What action should you take?

Now you know seven different ways to detect termite infestations, but what should you do once you’ve seen them? It’s dangerous just to eliminate them yourself so that you will need the help of professionals. 

You can call for pest exterminators to rid of them immediately if the problem is too severe. They will use toxins and pesticides to eliminate termites. Make sure to prepare accordingly before they visit. We suggest that you leave the windows open before staying in the house again to let the fumes out. 

However, if you want a long-term solution to the problem, call for pest control in Ballarat to alleviate this severe issue at your home. Our team of experts at Ballarat Pest Control Services are specifically trained to deal with these problems, and we make sure to prioritise you at all times. 

Just give us a call, and we can schedule a pest control visit to help you eliminate any pests in your home, not only termites. Plus, we’ll examine your house for more signs of pest infestations and give you recommendations to ensure that this type of issue never arises again.

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