Found Termites In Your Home?
Termites (also referred to as ‘white ants’) are the most damaging pest to your home or business and one that your insurance will not cover. For most people, buying a home or business is the biggest financial investment you will ever make, so there is no doubt that you would only want the best to take care of all your termite control needs.
Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and the Hunter Valley face a greater risk of termites due to the warm climate, along with a great concentration of housing and commercial buildings. For this reason, we recommend yearly termite inspections.
If you have found or suspect termite activity, it is most important not to disturb the area. Most people panic and some even spray with a common household aerosol, DO NOT DO THIS. Termites shy away when their mud leads have been disturbed which can make it difficult to find them in another location. It is also important to leave the suspected area alone as this will enable the technician to fully investigate what type of termites they are and then the best form of treatment.
Is It Time For A Termite Inspection?
You don’t generally find termites out in the open. They prefer a more protected, dark, humid area making it harder to find them – until it’s too late. That’s why it is so important for you to have an annual termite inspection. There is no substitute for a qualified and experienced termite expert performing a comprehensive termite inspection.
Signs of Termite Activity
Termites leave signs of their presence and it’s often the damage they have caused that is seen first rather than the actual termites.
Here are a few common signs of termites that you might see (or hear) around your home or business:
- Hollow sounding timber – When termites consume timber, they eat from the inside out leaving a thin veneer of timber or paint. When you knock or tap an area that has termite damage, it will sound hollow due to the timber having been eaten away.
- Vacuum goes through the skirting board – or your hand pressure dents a door jam/architrave. As termites have eaten away the structural integrity of the timber, such as a skirting board, door jam, door or architrave, any pressure placed on them will easily cause damage. Termites also enjoy eating plasterboard walls too.
- Tight doors or hard to open windows – As termites devour timber, their excrement or ‘mud’ creates a protective environment that traps heat and moisture. This causes timber to swell, making it harder to open a window or close a door.
- Cracks in the cornice or door jams – As termites eat away the timber in your walls or door jams, it causes a loss in structural integrity and cracks can form. But don’t jump to conclusions as cracks can also be caused by movements in your home due to building defects.
- Termite mud – Termites construct mud leads (tunnels) to provide themselves with a safe travelling environment to their food source and back to their nest. These mud leads are often hard to see as they will be behind your gyprock and underground. It’s possible to see these mud leads in your home’s subfloor or roof void where is a visual access.
Termite Control: What To Do If You Find Termites In Your Home
Stay calm, don’t touch the area and call Rebel Pest Professionals.
Our pest experts will carry out a full visual termite inspection in accordance with Australian Standard 3660.2-2000 of your home and yard. Once the inspection is carried out, our licensed Pest Technicians are able to advise what type of termites have been located and where. We will provide you with a written proposal listing alternative treatment options for your review and approval. These treatment options can range from a dusting, to individual baiting to a full in-ground interception and baiting system.
Depending on your chosen treatment option, we will book a suitable time to carry out our termite control services. All treatment options generally allow for a number of follow up checks as well.
When it comes to termite control, we strongly recommend ongoing annual inspections to ensure your home is safe. There are also a number of ways you can minimise the risk of attack by carrying out these simple measures – keeping your gutters clear, downpipes all connected to proper drainage, keeping weep holes clear, keeping concrete slabs exposed, ensure hot water service and air conditioning overflow pipes are plumbed to a drain or plumbed away from the structure.