Termites belong to the following four insect classifications: Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta, Order Isoptera and Family Kalotermitidae. There are more than 2 thousand species worldwide with at least 40 of these found throughout Australia; each has their own distinct characteristics and measurements but typically sit between 0.635 – 1.27 cm in length. Despite these differences, most appear soft bodied with straight antennae.
Termite infestations are a silent cause of property damage. The insects may be hiding out in the home ruining it without any immediate sign that they’re there. They are often referred to as the “silent destroyers” because of their ability to sneak into the home and begin their destruction unnoticed.
A termite infestation can really wreak havoc on a home or property before the owner knows what’s going on! Many homeowners don’t even notice until termite colonies grow large enough to start taking chunks from walls or close off plumbing pipes so water doesn’t go anywhere near them anymore.
What Is The Evidence Of Termite Infestation In The House?
Termites are one of the most destructive pests in Australia – and with 20 different species able to chew through solid wood anywhere in or around the home, it pays to know the signs of an infestation before they spread too far. The following are the signs to look at to detect house termites.
1. Floor And Ceiling Damage
Although they mostly eat wood, termites are not picky when it comes to what’s on the menu. They can do serious damage in areas such as laminated floors and ceiling beams without even leaving a trace of their existence behind! If there are spot blisters, cracks or sags on any of these surfaces, there’s a high chance that termites are there.
2. Mud Tubes
Termites are notorious for infiltrating homes, and they often have the upper hand because it is difficult to spot their mud tunnels. Though these structures can be made of dirt or termite droppings, Australia’s most common subterranean termites require special shelter once they emerge from the ground; one way to notice a possible infestation is when the home starts showing tell-tale signs that there could be issues around foundations like concrete cracks in walls and floors which should not normally exist if properly maintained by professionals.
3. Cracks On Paints And Wall Plasters
Termites can cause major structural flaws and paint damage to the walls of a home. Damage often looks like minor water stains, but is actually a serious issue requiring immediate action for repair. This type of termite infestation causes a “bubbling” or ‘honeycombing’ effects on the wall’s surface as they eat away at timber within interior. They also make walls structurally unstable and cause cracks in any existing paints or pastes applied by homeowners before their discovery!
What Are The Things That Attract Termites To A Home?
1. Keeping Piles Of Wood Around The House
Many people who collect and burn firewood in the home like to keep their wood piles near the house, but this can be a problem because termites love infesting these stacks of wood. It’s best to have them raised or away from the home’s foundation so that they don’t get into it.
2. Tree Stumps
Tree stumps are a prime location for termites to begin an infestation on a property. They can easily become soft and moist as they rot, which is like a “welcome home” sign for these pesky pests. They will happily live in the dead wood that’s right outside of their new host’s entrance door! This means the homeowner needs to protect the property against this pest by removing tree stumps from around the house immediately after cutting them down so they don’t have time to get cozy before being rendered useless.
Roofs can serve as an entry point to a property. A low-hanging roof with branches touching it might be the perfect opportunity for their invasion. If water cannot drain easily from clogged gutters and other areas around the home’s exterior, then there will always be an ample supply available to feed these sneaky invaders.
Mulch is a great resource for many gardeners, but it can also be a termite’s smorgasbord. Not only that, mulch soaks up water very quickly and provides a much more appealing home to any pesky insect looking for food. If mulch is not covered with something like plastic or wood chips, then bugs will find their way in through the cracks on the walls and start infesting them within days!
What Should Property Owners Do When There Are Termites In The House?
If the presence of termites is detected in the home, do not disturb them. Avoid treating them with regular household fly sprays. Ignore these critters and their workings at all costs- touching will only make matters worse! Termites have survival instincts which allow them to feel disruption and move to another spot while continuing the damage they were causing on the house beforehand.
Do not panic if you have already sprayed or used another pest control technique on the termites. Simply seal them up with tape, and do not disturb their workings in any way. Next, contact a pest control team to organise a full termite inspection on the property. The termite experts will come and inspect all the areas in and around the property that are more vulnerable to infestation with these pesky creatures!
By the time they’re done with this inspection, a full report of their findings from the termite test will specify areas at high risk for future infestations. They’ll then use the most effective termite control method to not just kill these pesky creatures in one area but eliminate all colonies including queens which could be 100 metres away from the house! Not only can the professionals install termite barriers against future infestation, but also provide aftercare services should there ever be an issue again – they are always ready to help!
How To Get Rid Of Termites In The House
1. Termite Baiting
Termite baiting is a technique used to help get rid of termites in the home. It involves applying what are known as Bait Stations around the affected area and has been shown to be very effective for keeping or controlling those pesky little pests!
2. Termite Barriers
One of the most effective ways to control termite problem is with a barrier. Termite barriers can be physical barriers or chemical barriers. Chemical termite barriers use a liquid chemical substance to keep the pests away from the property. Physical barriers on the other hand involve applying a tough, durable sheet to the perimeter and around penetration points. This prevents termites from entering the home by preventing them from being able to slip through cracks in foundation concrete slabs during construction.
Dealing with termites in the home or any other property can be frustrating. This is because as little and tiny as these pests are, they are capable of causing huge destruction within a very short time. For this reason, property owners have to pay close attention to the state of a property and ensure that it is termite-free. When evidence of termite activity is detected around the house, the best thing to do is to contact a reputable pest management company.