Termites cause millions of dollars in damage every year to properties around Australia. Unfortunately, termites pose a threat to most homes and businesses throughout the country, whether in the city or located in bushland. The good news is you can do something about it. Early termite detection is vital to preventing negative, costly damage to your home. If termites are found early enough, a pest control service can virtually eliminate the threat to your home.
Reducing Cost and Overall Damage
Prior to purchasing a home (or yearly for current homeowners), it is a great idea to have a professional termite inspection performed by certified pest technicians. These pest control experts know precisely what to look for to determine if termites are a current menace to your home or if the structure is at risk for infestation.
This early detection is absolutely paramount to preventing further damage down the road. If a termite infestation is unnoticed and left untreated, the walls, roof, and foundation of your home could all be greatly compromised. Termites that feed off and destroy the wood in and around a property can severely impair the structural integrity of your home. At this point, repair costs would be tremendous, and in some cases, the damage is irreparable.
Early Warning Signs for Homeowners
While a professional termite inspection is necessary for a full determination of your termite risk, there are also some tips for homeowners to help ward off termite problems at the earliest possible sign. Several common signs of the presence of termites can alert you that you may have a termite threat. Keep a look out for the following signs and if you suspect the presence of termites, give your local termite control experts a call.
- Insect Wings: When termites reproduce, the young termites have wings. They use these wings to fly off in search of a new colony in which to make their home. If around your home you find remnants of these discarded wings, this could be a sign that the juvenile termites have already found a new residence: your home!
- Exit Holes: Drywood termites who live inside the wood of a structure make holes leading out of the property. You might find these small, but visible holes near the bottom edge of an exterior wall or other area of your home. Under the hole, you may see a small pile resembling sawdust. The termites use these holes to drop their waste. These signs of termite infestation are a big indication that an infestation is currently underway.
- Mud Tunnels: Subterranean termites are some of the most destructive members of the termite world. These tunnels can be spotted fairly easily, running for length in the ground surrounding and under your home. IF you see signs of these mud tunnels near your property, make sure to call your pest control expert as soon as possible, as these subterranean termites can cause extensive damage.
While early detection is highly preferred, there may come a time when a sudden infestation occurs without warning. If you have a termite problem, please contact us at Termite Solutions. We will promptly help assess the threat to your property, determine the extent of the damage, and create the best possible solution for you and your home. Termite extermination is our business. We will help eradicate these unwanted invaders and make your home completely yours again.