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By - Ameerah Woodley

Signs You Have A Termite Infestation

As you may know, insects love the warm and sometimes humid climate of Australia and every summer they come out in force. We have no shortage of insect species in Australia and other nasties like vermin that can easily infest our homes, and this includes several species of termites.

Naturally, there comes a point where you need to recognise when you have a termite infestation and invest in residential pest treatment. Failing to address the issue with professional help as early as possible means the infestation will grow and could potentially pose a danger to your family in a variety of ways.

Let’s take a look at # signs you have a termite infestation and need to invest in residential pest treatment from Defender Pest Control ASAP!

The signs of a termite infestation in your home:

Pay close attention to the following information so you can identify a termite infestation as early as possible and minimise the cost of residential pest treatment. The longer you leave the problem, the more expensive it will be to solve!

Swarming

In spring and summertime, young termites fly around the home looking for mates. They can sometimes be confused for small ants and this caused people to be less concerned that they should be (even though an ant infestation is nothing to scoff at).

They have wider bodies than ants and their wings are larger in proportion to their body mass than ants. The wings on a termite alate are identical while an ant will have different sizes on the upper and lower part of their body.

Shed wings

A sign that the termites are breeding and that the problem is about to get much worse is that you find the aforementioned wings shed on windowsills, floors and inside light fixtures. Wings outside the home indicate termites close by, while wings inside the home mean they are here, and you need to invest in residential pest treatment as soon as possible.

‘Frass’

The next sign of a termite infestation is the faecal matter refuse they discard and leave behind when feeding on the wood in your home. Known as ‘frass’, this residue looks a lot like sawdust and some species of termites will drill holes to discard this frass, making it harder to identify.

Problems in your walls

If you notice your walls start to buckle or appear warped in some way, then it’s a sign of a termite infestation as the little critters are starting to compromise the structural integrity of your home. This is the stage you want to avoid, which is why you should hire residential pest treatments as soon as you first suspect an issue.

Floors that safe and walls that are hollowed out

A long-term termite infestation will have floors that are warped and walls that are entirely or mostly hollowed out. Often termites are discovered when a hole in a wall appears because of how paper thing it now is.

At this point the infestation might be too advanced to get rid of in any conventional way that would safe your home, even when you hire residential pest control. Needless to say – it’s essential that you identify the infestation before it gets to this point (you would need to be pretty negligent to allow the problem to get to this stage).

There you have it, the primary signs of a termite infestation that will require the attention of residential pest removal experts.

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