Termite Inspections At Home By Homeowners
Termites cause more damage to homes than natural occurrences and fires. The best way to avoid such damage is to find termites before they go overboard. But that’s hard because they’ll be eating timber and you may fail to notice them ‘til it’s too late. Here’s some advice provided by http://www.precisionpestcontrolsa.com.au – check out Precision Pest’s Facebook for more information.
Ways to tell if termites lurk in your walls
Termites in walls are out of sight, but they can be there eating your home away. Soldier termites make faint clicking sounds and can be loud when they sense danger. They’ll shake their body or bang their heads against the wood to warn other termites. You can hear these sounds.
Tap your walls; then listen for hollow-sounding timber. Termites devour timber wholly and if you tap a wall, you might notice a different sound stemming from areas where there’s termite damage.
Hard to open windows and tight-fitting doors may be a result of termite damage. When termites dine on wood, they create moisture, which warps timber, making windows and doors hard to open and close.
Spotting Termite Activity
Flying termites are called alates or swarmers. They’re often the first termite sign and if you spot them, you can foil an infestation. Alates look for a mate; then they establish a colony, probably near a house. They normally fly in spring and summer. After finding a mate, they drop their wings. Termite wings are easy to spot around the house.
Termites travel through deep, wide tunnels they make out of faeces, soil, saliva and other materials. If you see tunnels on a piece of wood close to your house, your walls probably harbour termites.
Termite droppings are small black marks with a powdery dark substance. While they’re hard to spot, look for them in the ceiling cavity or crawl space and other places where there’s timber.
Subterranean termites stay in the shadows. They’ll travel underground to food sources, which is timber. Whether the timber is in your walls, foundation or roof space, they’ll happily eat it.
What to do when you see signs of termites
Termites are hard to eliminate completely. You can buy products that kill termites, but they’ll not destroy an entire colony. More termites will invade your walls or ceiling cavity. Even if your home has a concrete foundation, termites will still infest it.
Having your home inspected by a termite control specialist is the best way to prevent a termite infestation. Experts know what to look for, notice things you overlook, and know what to do if termites are present in your home. Termite baits and spot treatments may or may not eliminate all termites. A termite professional will set up a monitoring station to determine where to position the bait.
If the termites are subterranean, the soil around your house may have to be treated. This is an expensive solution to termite problems, but less expensive than repairing a home damaged by termites. When choosing a termite service, make sure they’re licensed and insured. The best service has a good reputation locally and offers a warranty on their work.