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TERMITE INFORMATION- GOLD COAST

A homeowner’s worst fear may involve termites. Homes can sustain serious structural damage from them, which sometimes goes unreported until expensive repairs are required. However, being aware of the early indicators of a termite infestation can help you take the appropriate precautions to avoid or lessen the problem.

WHAT ARE TERMITES- GOLD COAST

Termites are tiny insects, typically measuring less than half an inch. These insects live in colonies that have distinct social structures. The number of termites in a colony can range from two (the king and queen) to several hundred. However, depending on the type of termite colony, mature termite colonies might include anywhere between 60,000 and 1 million termites.

Termites are found all around the world and there are more than 2,000 species. Approximately 50 of these species can be found in the Australia, with roughly 20 species of termites that are classified as structural pests that can cause damage to property. Termites feed on wood for the cellulose — the main ingredient in paper, cardboard, and wood.

  • Subterranean termite: This underground species of termite is among the most costly wood eating pests on the Gold Coas
  • Drywood termite: Though not as destructive as subterranean and Formosan termites, these insects can still cause significant property damage

Should you worry about termites- Gold Coast

Up to one pound of wood can be consumed every mouth by a large termite. Additionally, because these termites hide while attacking a home, by the time signs of an infestation are identified, you can already be dealing with serious and costly termite damage.

Homeowners should watch out for signs of termites. Additionally, there are some preventative steps you may take to try to keep termites out of your house, such as eliminating potential food sources and addressing moisture issues inside and outside the house.

Signs of termites in your home- Gold Coast

Though it can be tricky to spot a termite infestation in your home, there are a few things you can look out for. Here are the most common signs of termites:

  • Buckling or blistered floorboards
  • Hollow-sounding walls
  • Termite Swarmers
  • Dead termites or discarded wings
  • Hard to open doors and windows
  • Mud tubes
  • Droppings
  • Damaged drywall, bubbling under paint or wallpaper
  • Moldy scents
  • Dipping ceilings, buckling support beams, or other severe structural damage
  • Overly squeaky floors and loosening tile

What causes termites to enter your home- Gold Coast

Keeping your house and yard immaculate will not keep termites away. The wood in your home is a draw for all types of termites because it contains cellulose, which is their main food source. Termites require moisture to survive as well, and they choose moist environments like crawl spaces and the ground near your foundation.

While termites are most frequently drawn to the cellulose present in wooden structural beams and moist wood, there are a few additional circumstances that may entice termites, including:

  • air conditioners that aren’t properly maintained. Termites can thrive thanks to moisture from leaky drainage or condensation pans.
  • poor drainage. If your yard doesn’t drain efficiently after a storm, the moist soil may make a more alluring home for subterranean termites to reproduce. Ensure that your yard is correctly placed to direct water away from your home and that your rain gutters are clear so that rainwater is distributed away.
  • plumbing in your house that leaks. Check for leaks in all of your plumbing, whether it be inside or outside of your home (including any spigots to which you might connect a garden hose). Leaky pipes can attract termites to both the interior and exterior of your home.

What to do if you have termites in your house? Gold Coast

If you are unaware of what to look for, the warning signals of a termite infestation are simple to overlook. It’s likely that your home is already infested if you’ve seen some of the above indications. Getting rid of termites on your own can be challenging, particularly if the infestation is advanced. The best course of action is to employ a termite control expert.

When you hire termite control specialists, they can identify the kind of termite that is in your home and a management plan before the termites cause more damage.