Why is it important to protect your home from termite infestation? What can you do to if you suspect you have a termite problem? What are signs to look out for when carrying out a termite inspection in your home? Note: when it comes to termites and protecting your home you really need to talk to a termite expert.
What are termites
Termites are a group of eusocial insects who fall in the Isoptera group such as the commonly known cockroach, in other parts of the world such as Australia it is also known as the white ant. Just like ants or bees they live in colonies and divide their work into castes, they mostly feed on dead plants, wood, animal dung, leaf litter, soil etc.
There are more than 4000 species of termites and are more commonly found in tropical and subtropical countries.
Termite home infestation
Termites are a fascinating insect species, but when they invade your home they become a problem. So what can you do if you suspect you have a termite problem in your home? Termites are a real concern to homeowners as they cause around $100 Million dollars of damage a year and affect more than 1 in 4 homes during termites own lifetime. In Australia, termites cause more damage than all natural disasters that happen in the country combined. So if you suspect that you may have a termite infestation in your home, you need to contract a local termite treatment firm so they can send exterminator who is experienced and can make use of a masonry drill, pumps, large capacity tanks and soil treatment rods to assess your infestation problem. Also, if you are considering buying a home in termite prevalent areas a thorough pest and building inspection is required before you spend your hard earned money on a termite-riddled dump that is falling down due to the timbers being eaten away.
Signs of termite infestation
Well, the first thing you should do is look around for affected areas that may indicate termite infestation, such as earthen mud tubes along the walls that may extend to the foundation wall, sill plates, floor joists etc. The mud tubes are about the diameter of a pencil but can sometimes be thicker. Make an opening on one of these tubes and you may be able to see your intruders if you don’t see any of them does not mean that it is an inactive infestation as their colonies may be found underground.