Feel you may have a termite problem? Or unsure if you do? It’s ok because if you’re like most people, then it’s probably something you don’t often think about as termites are tough to detect. But unfortunately, detection is critical because they’re massively destructive to Australian homes.
Even though termites aren’t front of mind to most people, they’re a noteworthy concern. Based on research from the CSIRO, around 32% of all houses in Australia have some termite activity. This percentage averages to about 130,000 homes per year. Meaning termites do cause multiple types of destruction to many homes annually around Australia. Further to this, the most challenging aspect is once you find them, they’re not straightforward to remove. You’ll need to seek the help of skilled professionals who have expertise systems, methods and the appropriate tools to get the job done correctly.
Due to the above statistic, termites are likely to appear in your home at some time throughout its life. If you let the problem build to an infestation, then you’re going to suffer. You’ll experience a considerable loss of money to control the situation, enormous damages, large scale repairs and potential future problems with the re-sale of your home.
It’s best to get termite inspecting done regularly and professionally according to Australian standards. So you can save yourself from any potential problems giving you and your home peace of mind and protecting yourself from future detrimental consequences.
How To Detect A Termite Problem
It’s best not to panic of course so here are warnings signs to help you detect if you may have a termite problem,
Check for hollow timber. Termites are cunning creatures who eat the inner layers of wood without damaging the outside; hence why it’s often so difficult to view their presence. The best way to realise you have hollow timber is to tap the wood with something and listen if it sounds empty and makes a dull hollowing sound. Potential warning signs is an object quickly going through skirting boards or a door frame if it gets knocked into them.
Learn to listen out for them. Yes, it’s true. Termites make sounds. They regularly sense danger and respond with warnings from detecting vibrations. They bang their heads against timber to warm other termites of potential harm and these light banging sounds you’ll be able to hear.
Difficult doors and windows. Entries which are hard to close and blocked, tough to open windows can be a sign of termites. When they’re eating timber, they create moisture which means the wood becomes disfigured, thus creating the jams.
Termites Will Cause Significant Dilemmas In Your Home
Termites live in large colonies, some around a few thousand in size, up to as many as 15 million termites per community. Termite colonies often live close together, but they don’t mingle. Believe it or not, they coexist peacefully. So with all these termites around, you can see the why their threats are real and devastating. Especially if you’ve got a full-blown inundation of them eating your home.
Termites are the most destructive insect to Australian homes because they don’t cause minor scale damage. They eat right into the structure of houses, areas as support beans, posts, joints, and wall studs. But it doesn’t stop there. If you’ve had a termite specialist find evidence of them, it’s more than likely the damage is far beneath what you can see on a surface level. Further to this, termites can also destroy plaster and insulation too.
Save yourself massage structural damage plus substantial repair and renovation costs and get yourself a termite detection specialist for an inspection. But if you’ve seen any of the signs mentioned above its best you contact the experts at Bye Bye Pest Control for termite control immediately.