How to identify termite signs in your home?

Given we know for a fact that Melbourne and the outer Victorian suburbs are high risk areas for termite infestation, it’s really important that homeowners are well informed about how to uncover early termite signs in their home. Termites cause thousands of dollards worth of damage.  Early detection can stop this.

Termites live underground or hide in dark, warm and moist environments. They silently eat away from inside to out so by the time we know termites are in the home it’s usually too late.  But there are some signs of termite damage that you may uncover in your home so you may put an end to the damage bill.

  • spongy feeling or hollow sounding wood
  • evidence of discarded wings particularly near light fighting and window sills
  • cracked or distorted paint
  • mud tubes on exterior walls or within cracks or crevices
  • a collection of tiny wood coloured faeces which appear at tiny entry points to internal structures

If you are concerned about termites in your home, regulatory authorities recommend contacting an expert.  Do not attempt to remove them yourself as research shows this makes the situation worse.

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