5 signs your home has termites

July 17, 2015 - 2 min read

They may be silent intruders, but they are devastating if left to their own devices. They’re termites, also known as white ants, and they can turn your healthy home into a crumbling wreck. This is why it’s vital to have a professional conduct a pest inspection before you buy a home, or have regular inspections done (every 1-2 years) to ensure your home is free from these intruders.

Being diligent now, and investing in an inspection every couple of years, will help you identify an infestation early and save you money down the track. Here are 5 common signs of infestation your pest control expert will be looking for.

#1 Groups of winged insects or discarded wings

Usually one of the very first signs of termite infestation is the presence of ‘swarmers’. These are reproductive termites that take flight to create new colonies. In most cases, discarded wings or the presence of swarmers inside a structure is a big indicator of infestation—so if you notice swarms of insects or discarded wings, give a pest control expert a call!

#2 Hollow-sounding wood

Termites thrive in dark, humid spaces—including the insides of your walls! Because of this, they do not tend to feed on surface wood, but instead what lies underneath. While your walls may look fine from the outside, if you give them a gentle knock and hear a hollow sound, it could be home to an infestation.

#3 Paint that is cracked or distorted

Swarming termites generally look for small openings, such as cracked wood or paint, to enter homes and create their colony. So if you do find any small cracks in your home’s exterior, such as the foundation, vents and windows, it’s a good idea to seal these up to help prevent infestation.

#4 Mud tubes attached to your home exteriors

Subterranean termites will build mud tubes to provide a moisture-rich environment while searching for food. Be sure to store firewood and mulch away from the walls of your home—this is the same for garden beds. It’s always a good idea to leave a gap so nothing sits flush against your home’s exterior walls, as garden beds, mulch and firewood all provide humid environments ideal for a termite infestation.

#5 Damaged wood

Damage to wood inside or outside of your home (such as eaves, beams and awnings) is a definite indicator of termite infestation. Key indicators can include small chew holes in wooden beams, damaged cabinets, weakened wooden furniture and more.