Termites are often hard to detect as they live in areas within your home that are hidden from plain sight. However, here are some telltale signs of termites to look out for:
Here’s what to keep an eye out for
- Frass (Termite Droppings)
Shaped like tiny pellets, these droppings are often found close to the termites entry points either inside or outside of a house. The presence of frass is a definite indicator of termites being present.
- Termite Noise
Audible clicking sounds are a telltale sign of termites. Once they sense danger, termites will signal to other termites by hitting their heads against the walls of their tunnels, creating a rattling noise. Rustling noises can also be heard when worker termites are tunneling through wood.
- Hollow Wood
Termites consume wood beneath the surface, so often a thin layer of timber or paint is all that remains. Areas damaged by termites will often sound hollow when tapped. In some cases the wooden structure can become so weak that light pressure can penetrate the surface.
- Tubes and Tunnels
Depending on the species of termite, the presence of tubes or tunnels can be observed. Subterranean termites live beneath the soil and travel through underground tunnels, while drywood termites construct visible shelter tubes clay in texture and brownish black in colour.
The presence of wings on termites indicates the problem may be more widespread. This indicates the termite is reproductive. Loose wings may be an indicator that the termite has reproduced and settled.
These common signs of termites can indicate the onset of a termite problem or a more advanced issue where a termite colony has already established itself and grown, causing structural damage to property.
If you come across any of these signs of termites, or have noticed the signs of another common household pest, do not hesitate to contact us by phone on 0411 642 351 or (07) 3313 0942. Alternatively, email us at [email protected] and see how we can help you protect your home.