Termites cause property damage to the tune of about €50 billion each year. Therefore it is essential to protect your home before you start noticing signs of termite infestation. Implementing protection measures will save you money and also keep your family safe.
It is also important to note that homeowners insurance does not cover termite damage. So, if you suffer property damage in your home from termite infestation, you will cater for the damages out of your pocket. For this reason, you have to be on the lookout for signs of termites in your home to avoid repairing termite damage.
Here are 6 signs your home is infested with termites:
1. Flying Termites
Flying termites or swarmers are the first sign of the presence of termites. These are the females or males leaving the nest in search of a mate to establish a new colony, probably in or near your home. Certain species are attracted to sources of light hence swarm at night while others swarm during the day. However, drywood termites swarm after rain at specific periods during the year.
Discarded wings are another sign of termites. During their flight, flying termites lose wings after locating a mate. Female and male drywood termites pair up and move to an ideal nesting site and seal themselves in for mating and starting a new colony. The queen and king care for their young until they have enough workers to help. The king continues to be the queen’s provider, and the two can survive in the colony for even ten years.
2. Head Banging
When there is a termite colony within your home, you will hear clicking sounds coming from inside your walls. This is soldier termites shaking their bodies or banging their heads against the wood they do this when they sense danger to warn other termites.
The sound could also be made by the worker termites when eating your woodwork; they are noisy eaters. You can hear them munching away if you place your ear to termite-infested wood. If you hear this sound, contact pest control services here to help locate the colony and rid you of the problem.
3. Hollow Sounding or Papery Timber
As drywood termites eat the wood from inside, they only leave the paint or a thin veneer of the timber. If you tap or knock on the area with termite damage, it will sound papery or hollow. This is dangerous as the timber can give in since it is hollow on the inside.
4. Repeated Short Circuits with Power at your House
Termites are attracted to warmth and will reside next to electrical fittings behind your walls. This can cause short circuits because termites bring in damp soil or mud, which does not go well with electricity. Establish if the problem emanates from a termite infestation by inspecting your power points and electrical fittings.
Do not try to fix the affected power points by yourself as it can be dangerous. Instead, contact a professional to fix the problem and clean up the area.
5. Cracked Plaster or Paint on Walls
Walls damaged by termites have the same signs as those of water damage, but termite damage is more serious and complicated to remedy. The damage mostly gives the paint on the wall a ‘honeycombing’ or ‘bubbling’ effect. The damage results from termites munching away at the timber from the inside, which affects the structural integrity of the wall causing cracks in the plaster or paint.
If you see this effect on your plaster or paint, it means that you have a full-blown termite infestation, and the only thing you can do is to call a professional pest team to manage the termite problem.
6. Termite Droppings
Drywood termites live inside of wood. However, they like to keep their residence clean, which they do by creating kick out holes to remove their droppings. Therefore, if you notice mounds of pellets that resemble coffee grounds or sawdust, this is a sign of termite infestation. Since they eat wood, termites excrete wood.
Always plan to have a professional inspect your home for termite infestation at least once a year. This will save you money in repair and also ensure the safety of your family and maintain the value of your home.