How to Identify Signs of Termite Damage in Your Home

Did you know that termites cost Australian households over 3.9 billion dollars in property damage every year? Termite damage repair bills are known to run higher than storms, fires, and burglaries combined, which is why your homeowner’s insurance does not cover you for termites. In this article, we take you through the signs of termite damage you may encounter in your home. Termites are very quiet and hollow out timbers quickly, often leaving nothing but a veneer shell or a thin layer of paint, making it extremely difficult to know there’s a problem until it’s too late. So, how do you know if you have termites in your home?

Early Warning Signs Of Termite Damage 

Despite termites being super sneaky and stealth-like, there are several signs to be wary of:

As pictured above, mud tubes usually appear like the ones on the left, streaming up from the foundations of your home. In extreme cases, you may see them coming down the walls from the roof.

Other signs of termites in your home include:

  • Peeling paint that resembles water damage
  • Hollow-sounding wood 
  • Tiny holes in drywall
  • Blistered, warped wooden or laminate flooring
  • Tiles loosening from damp areas 
  • Doors and windows that are stuck
  • Sagging drywall or discolouration 
  • Damaged wood that appears crumbly 
  • Maze-like patterns in wooden furniture and exposed beams
  • Squeaky floorboards
  • Flying swarms of termites anywhere on your property
  • Finding piles of wings that look like fish scales
  • Small mounds of fine dry wood resembling sawdust

How Termites Enter Your Home 

Now, we know the warning signs of termites in your home, but how do they come about in the first place? The most common way termites invade your home is through your foundation, typically entering the cracks and crevices that are closer to the ground or soil.

  • Cracks in your concrete slab
  • Fire hearths
  • In-fill patios
  • Expansion joints
  • Plumbing/electrical ingress points through the slab
  • Weep holes

Types of Termites in Perth

Subterranean Termites

The particularly tenacious termites common to Perth and its surrounds are subterranean termites, also known as white ants. These highly-destructive termites can be seriously detrimental to Perth properties as they quickly cause irreversible damage by munching away at your home’s foundation. That’s why, as termite control professionals, we recommend you book a white ant treatment as soon as you identify an infestation – no matter how small a termite infestation may start out, they have much bigger plans.

Damp Wood Termites

There’s no denying why termites are a nightmare for homeowners with ancient wooden foundations. Damp wood termites are commonly drawn to moisture and are typically found where soft or rotting wood is prevalent such as leaking roofs, gutters, and plumbing fittings, causing severe damage to wooden structures over time.

Find out more about the different types of termites in Perth by checking out our recent article, where we identify common pests in Perth.

How to Prevent Termite Infestations In Your Home

It’s essential to watch for signs of termite damage and potential infestations in your home. This means booking frequent termite inspections, repairing water leaks, and keeping woodpiles and mulch away from your home’s foundation. These are all handy methods to help prevent a termite infestation and protect your home from becoming an all-you-can-eat buffet. Learn more about our professional termite treatment solutions in Perth, or call us directly to discuss your pest control needs.

Termatrac T3i

Termite Treatment

If you think termites will move out on their own, guess again! A queen who mates becomes a Terminator egg machine. She can produce over 2,000 eggs daily and survive for 25 years or more. If you believe your home has a hidden termite infestation, it’s crucial to take action as soon as possible, as termites can quickly multiply and cause extensive damage.The first step to getting rid of termites in your home is to enlist the help of our Perth pest control professionals. We will inspect your property, identify the type of termite that’s busy chewing away, and recommend the best course of action to safely and swiftly remove them for good.

Termite Pest Control Pros

As termites eat timber from the inside, detection with the naked eye is often nearly impossible. The good news? New technology is also available that allows for non-invasive termite detection, which means no unsightly cutting into your beautiful flooring! At Swatapest, our highly-trained pest control professionals use the latest non-invasive termite inspection methods using the Termatrac T3i, a 3 in 1 inspection tool. The T3i is thermal heat, moisture, and microwave movement detection. With our inspection tool, we can find termites that would have been otherwise undetectable without destroying walls, ceilings, or floorboards in the process. 

At Swatapest, we hold over 15 years of experience providing professional termite inspections and effective termite treatments in Perth. We’re here to provide you with peace of mind your property can be protected from termite damage for years to come when you enlist the help of our pest control professionals. Call us today or book online if you suspect termite damage at your property.

Article originally published August 14, 2020.

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