Surviving Summer Free from Termites!

Surviving summer termite free and the signs to look for

Termites - these little and hideous creatures have been a total nightmare for all house owners across Australia. You see a termite shelter tube on your walls and there goes your peace of mind. These little insects can destroy the timbers used in wall and roofing within only 3 months of construction. 

 
According to data from CSIRO and APCA national survey Brisbane, Queensland is at VERY HIGH RISK of getting termite infestation. In Australia termites cause more harm to buildings and establishments than floods, storms, tempest, and fire combined. Moreover, home insurance does not cover the cost of damage caused by termites. Hence it’s imperative to take all possible actions that you can to avert this termite situation.
 

Termites: a pest history

Termites, alternatively known as white ants, are social insects who raise their nymphs (baby termites) as a group. They eat nonstop, literally 24/7. They chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper. They have wings but they shed them once they found a nesting place. There are about 2,000 termite species around the world. All of them falls into four broader categories. They are:
  • Dampwood Termites
  • Drywood Termites
  • Formosan Termites &
  • Subterranean Termites
Other than Drywood termites, all the other species need a damp weather to survive. The Subterraneans cannot live without the contact of soil but such is not the case with the other species.
 

Signs of termite infestation

The following list indicates common signs of a termite infestation at your home or office:
  • A termite shelter tube can be seen scaling your walls in a somewhat, not pure, linear order. These tubes protect the termites from predators and maintain 100% humidity and darkness. It also acts as a root to forage food from the main colony.
  • Subterranean termites make tunnels underground in search of food. They use it for food transport and defense.
  • When termites find a tree to make their nest, the workers cut holes in the trunk to enter. Then the tree produces a callus over the friction, and these blowholes are a common indicator of termite infestation.
  • On foundation walls you may see an earthen packing that results from the production of large masses of mud.
  • If the house is infested with termites, you may hear some noises, especially at night when the soldiers tap their heads on the woods as a warning signal across the colony.
  • Some species of termites have a stanching odor that tickles your nostrils.
  • If you find wings, known as Alates, around your house, that’s the indication that a termite colony is nearby.
  • Blistering, bulging or staining of paint on door architraves, skirting, and windows.
These are the common signs to look for to determine if your place is infested with termites or not. But keep in mind that termites can be real mischievous and finding them can be tough sometimes. Thus it’s always better to run a termite inspection for a possible infestation by a pest control specialist.
 

Relief from termites

Actually, there is no prior action that can reduce the possibility of termite infestation. All you can do is consult with your pest control service, check your home and office regularly, and contact termite pest control Queensland as soon as they are found. Because as you may know; the sooner, the better.
 

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