Signs You Might Have Termites in Your Home
Termite Management Sunshine Coast
Termites can be hard to detect and can often be living within a property, causing damage undetected for some time before their presence is known. There are however signs that are dead giveaways that there are termites taking up residence in your home.
Mud or Dirt Trails
Termites leave trails of mud or dirt behind them which can be a sure sign of termites within the home. Also known as galleries, these tracks can also be an indicator of the location of the termites. This is because the galleries show where the pests have travelled and can show the entry point into the home. Muddy residue seeping through the walls is also a sign of termites. Termites eat cellulose-based materials such as paper, cardboard, cotton and wood and then secrete this material as a substance that looks like wet mud. This substance piles up and will continue to do so until termites are eradicated from the area. If left for long enough this mud can begin to visibly seep through the walls. A termite inspection can detect and locate the mud before it damages the plaster and seeps through the wall.
Softening or Bubbling of Timber.
Many window frames and skirting boards within homes are made of timber. If there is any softening or bubbling of this timber there may be termites in your home. Termites often eat and hollow the inside of a structure, leaving the external shell intact. If you apply pressure to a window frame or skirting board and there is bubbling or the wood is softer than expected, it is likely that there are termites within the property that have left you with a completely ruined but unharmed looking structure.
This may come as a surprise to some but you can actually hear termites within your walls eating away at your home. Soldier termites warn the colony of danger by banging their heads or shaking their bodies against the walls which can also be heard. The sound resembles clicking fingers. It is also worth noting that just because you cannot hear termites it does not mean they are not there. If you do however hear clicking within your walls it is best to contact a professional termite management specialist and schedule a termite inspection.