Termites are the most costly of pests that homeowners face. What is worse is that they are often hard to detect and quick to invade. Knowing what to look for and where to look, could help you to catch them early and save you thousands on treatments and repairs.
Often, however, there are no obvious signs that you have a termite infestation until it is too late. We recommend that an annual Pest Inspection with an experienced and licensed Pest Inspector and installing a termite management system, are the most effective ways to prevent a termite attack.
If you are considering selling your home, we recommend doing a pre-sale building and pest report. This will showcase any areas that may have previous termite damage or highlight sections that could be/are prone to infestation. This provides you with the opportunity to fix any small repairs, or put a treatment in place which will save time and money at the time of sale.
Where do termites like to hide?
Termites like to hide in areas of high moisture. Ensure that you keep subfloors and roof voids dry and well ventilated.
Within the home, any timber such as your home frame, structural timber, floors or furniture is a possible termite magnet.
Looking outside the house termites are highly attracted to such areas as, garden beds, mulch, landscaping timbers, woodpiles, dead trees, and stumps. It is especially best to avoid building garden beds against the house where they could block weep holes.
Here are a few signs that you may have termites:
- Soft or hollow sounding timber
- Splitting or blistering paint
- Termite mudding or tubing
- Damage to skirting boards, door jams or architraves
- Buckling or squeaky floorboards
- Crumbling damaged wood
- Roundish mounds around the home or within trees
- Quiet clicking sounds within walls
- Doors and windows difficult to open/close
- Noticeable discolouration to floors, ceilings, or walls
- Roof tiles damaged
- Damage or termite workings to retaining walls, tree and stumps, perimeter fences
How to deter termites?
There are several things you can do around the house to help deter termites. Here are some areas to get you started.
- Reduce areas of increased moisture around the house
- Avoid garden beds adjacent to the house
- Reduce termite food around the home.
- Cardboard boxes and waste timber stored off the ground level
- Firewood is stored off ground level away from the home
- Keep areas around the house clear, such as subfloors to maintain ventilation
- Ensure subfloor venting is not blocked
- Ensure roof guttering and downpipes don’t leak
- Ensure you have no leaking pipes. Check
- Air conditioners
- Hot water systems
- Leaking taps
- Ensure the weep holes are kept clear of obstacles including concrete, dirt, garden mulch
- Ensure posts are placed on metal stirrups
Maintaining the above areas is essential, but it is even more important, however, to maintain regular Pest Inspections. While you may have had a treatment to eliminate a previous infestation of termites, there is no guarantee that they won’t return.