Termites are small creatures, but you should not underestimate the damage they can cause on your property. It’s important to know the signs of termite infestation. Here are some valuable information on preventing these pests from invading your home.
What are they?
Termites are winged insect with ant-like bodies. They live in colonies, which are typically composed of as many as two million individual termites. This is the reason they can cause tremendous damage to properties despite of their size. They usually live underground or inside wood, usually near the foundation of homes. These little insects are active during warm months; most cases of infestation happen during summer and fall. As wood is their main source of food, they can damage wooden components of a property.
What are the signs of termite infestation?
Pile of wings is one of the most common signs that your house has termites. The insects shed their wings at a particular stage. You will usually see piles of wings near walls and floors.
Mud tunnels are also common signs of infestation. These tunnels are made from their saliva, faeces, wood, and soil. Termites build these mud tunnels to protect themselves and their wood tunnels. As they create holes through the wood, they break through the outer surface and use a mud-like substance as covering.
These tunnels can also be seen extending to concrete walls. This means they’re making their way to other wood components. To see if there’s damage on the surrounding wooden surfaces, tap them. If the tapping produces a hollow-sounding thud, then the termites possibly caused damage inside.
It is wise to do a regular check of your home for termite infestation. Look closely at wood support beams, wooden stairs, frames, and basement windows. You may also expect to see their tunnels in between cracks.
Once you see any of these signs, the best thing to do is seek the help of an exterminator. K.O. Pest control offers reliable termite management that will stop these little insects from pestering your property. We service the entire Brisbane area. Contact us today.