A detailed pest inspection is important to ensure the security, stability and hygiene of a structure.
“Termite infestations will obviously cause structural damage as they devour the wooden structure of a building, whereas rat infestations, cockroaches and other vermin can spread disease and damage electrical and structural elements within walls and under houses.”
Signs of termites:
Knocking or tapping sounds
One sign of a termite infestation is a clicking sound coming from within your walls or floors. Soldier termites bang their heads against timber and shake their bodies when their colony disturbed to signal danger.
Worker termites, on the other hand, are noisy eaters. You can actually hear them if you put your ear against any timber infested by termites.
Termites are pale in colour: they are usually white but can sometimes look quite translucent. If you stumble upon a large number of whitish ants, it’s time for an inspection.
A termites’ antennae are completely straight, whereas most other ants have curved or elbowed antennae.
The first sign of a termite infestation is often the presence of flying termites or evidence of their corpses left behind. Flying termites are those that have left the colony to find a mate and create a new colony which is typically near or in your home.
Another sign of termites is their discarded wings as flying termites lose their wings shortly after finding a mate. After pairing up, termites crawl into a suitable nesting site where they seal themselves in and start a new colony.
Hollow sounding timber
Termites typically consume timber from the inside out which leaves a thin skin of wood or even just a layer of paint. When knocking or tapping on timber that has termite damage, you will hear a hollow sound because part or all of the wood has been consumed.