Termite infestation is usually not apparent until severe damages have incurred. They live in a dark, humid and protected environment, making them so hard to find – until it’s too late.
As termites devour their way through the wood from the inside, it can be rather challenging to detect a termite infestation, but some tell-tale signs indicate their presence.
Here are a few common signs of termites that you might see (or hear) around your home or business premises:
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- Mud tubes on the wall – Subterranean termites build shelter tubes made of mud, dirt, and debris to travel to and fro the food source without being seen. These tubes are about the size of a coin and are usually found on the exterior and interior walls leading up to the entry points of the building.
- Sightings of termite swarmers (flying termites) or discarded wings – Usually, the first sign of infestation noticed by property owners are the presence of swarmers or alates. Another common indication is the remnants of discarded wings on windowsills and floors. While they may quickly disappear after they found their mating partner, the identical and disembodied wings are sure signs of an indoor termite swarm.
- Papery or hollow sounding timber – Termites usually consume woods inside out, leaving a thin veneer of wood or paint. So when you knock or tap on an area with termite damages, it will sound hollow or papery due to parts (or all) of the timber having been eaten away.
- Tight-fitting door or hard to open window – As termites devour timber, their excrement or ‘mud’ creates a protective environment that traps heat and moisture. This causes wood to swell, making it harder to open or close the infested windows and doors.
- Tunnels in the wood – Also known as ‘galleries’ which are pretty tricky to see from the outside.
- Termite droppings – After consuming wood, dry wood termites often leave behind brown-coloured and grainy faecal mounds. These faecal pellets are usually found beneath the infested wood.