Many Aussies believe that fire, earthquakes, hurricanes and other acts of God are the only way through which their property can get damaged. The combined effect of these natural disasters however fades in comparison to the threat posed by termites, primarily because it largely goes undetected. On the other hand, fire is something which generates a lot of heat and energy, the mere presence of which entails prompt response by homeowners and emergency personnel.
Your biggest mistake is underestimating the damage potential of termites, the silent enemy. The damage they cause can amount to billions of dollars annually – the stress being on annually. They prefer to hide in nooks and crannies, while using their undetectable size and relatively harmless body image to escape detection and scrutiny by homeowners. They’re not just a mild annoyance you can treat as an afterthought – their combined efforts can result in your entire house collapsing on itself!
They’re smaller than ants, and so no one superimposes the image of terror on these little critters. But these monsters cause substantial damage to your property, compromising the structural integrity of your house. They feed vital aspects of a building’s structure such as support beams, ceiling supports and even wall studs. To make things worse, most homeowner insurance policies do not cover the damage caused by termites.
Termites are built to devour wood and have specially designed antennas to detect the size, quality and quality of the wood they plan on munching next. But they eat more than just wood – their voracious appetite includes metals and even plasters. So don’t rest easy if wood is not an integral part of your housing structure.
It is therefore of pertinent importance to detect telltale signs of termite infestation before it’s too late. Homeowners should definitely make an effort to nip the problem in the bud.
Obvious Signs That There Are Termites in Your Home:
1) Clicking sounds coming from your walls
Termites are extremely noisy eaters, so much so that if you were to pay close attention, you might hear ‘munching’ sounds coming from inside the walls. It is the worker termites feeding into your home that make this noise. Studies have shown that music has the effect of disturbing the regular eating habits of termites – exponentially increasing their appetites, resulting in them consuming your house at twice their usual rate.
2) A sudden rise in flying termites
While flying termites – better known as swarmers – don’t cause any direct damage to your house, they are known to be a direct indication of the presence of a termite infestation. Termites are an essential prerequisite for their flying cousins.
Flying termites kick themselves into high gear when temperatures start rising, causing them to disperse in random directions to search for new colonies elsewhere – this search ends up on your doorstep.
They also swarm around light sources during the night and immediately after rain. So expect flying termites to start swarming as soon as you detect such changes in the climate.
3) Hollow sound of compromised wood
Termites do not have the habit of eating their food face first, instead they prefer devouring it from the inside out, 24 hours a day, nonstop. The result is that over-time, the flesh of the wood gets consumed leaving a hollow space inside what could be rightly termed as, thin wafer made out of timber. Knocking this ‘wood’ – if it could be called that anymore – produces an empty sound.
4) Difficulty opening and closing windows
The constant eating and tunnelling eventually warps the shape of windows, making it increasingly harder to open and close them. Most people usually attribute this to moisture – but termites are known to generate moisture during their feeding frenzies.
5) Termite droppings
All creatures drop faeces, and termites are no exception to that. These droppings are a dark substance which is somewhat powdery, an obvious sign that there are nests inside your walls.
If you have a termite infestation, call for help instead of taking matters into your own hands. We have years of training to permanently handle termite infestations using state of the art equipment and highly trained personnel. So call now for a quote.