Termite Prevention Tips
Steps you can take to minimise the risk of termite infestation
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Termites can be extremely hard to identify, where most infestations go unnoticed until it is too late. Severe damage to your property is usually when most infestations are found, however with expert identification, routine inspections and monitoring, termite colonies can be found and dealt with before they become a bigger problem.
Termites live in dark, humid and protected environments which makes them difficult to find. Known as silent destroyers, termites will devour their way through wood from the inside and it can be difficult to detect a termite infestation, however there are some tell-tale signs that indicate their presence.
Here are a few common signs of termites that you might see (or hear) around your home or business premises:
Termites eat 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. This means they are constantly consuming wood and damaging it. If left untreated, termites can weaken the wood within your home leading to costlier damages, and life-threatening situations. Watch real life cases of Malaysian homeowners who have lived with termites in their home.
Mud tubes on wall. - Subterranean termites build shelter tubes made of mud, dirt and debris in order to travel to food sources without being seen. These tubes are about the size of a coin and are usually found on walls leading up to the entry points of the building.
Sightings of termite swarmers (flying termites) or discarded wings - Typically the first sign of infestation noticed by property owners are the presence of swarmers or alates. These termites are quick to disappear after they have found their mate but leave behind their discarded wings on windowsills and floors. If you spot these wings, stay alert as this is a sure sign that they are around.
Papery or hollow sounding wood - When termites consume wood, they do it from the inside out which leaves a thin sheet of timber and paint behind. When you knock on wood that has termite damages, it will sound hollow or papery.
Termite droppings - After consuming wood, drywood termites often leave behind brown, grainy faecel mounds. These faecal pellets are usually found beneath the infested wood and can resemble sawdust.
Hard to open doors and windows - As termites devour wood, their excrement creates a protective environment which traps heat and moisture. This causes the wood to swell, making it harder to open and close the infested windows and doors.