Termites – Everyone knows how devastating they can be to the structure of a home!
At DC Pest and Building Inspections, we strongly recommend that you call an inspector at the first sign of termites.
Termite Inspections can be crucial in protecting your property from extensive structural damage!
Do you have termites?
Termite damage is one of the leading causes of damage to wood in homes, so early detection is extremely important to keeping the cost of treatment down. Checking for termites should be a part of your home inspection when you buy a house so you’re not surprised by it later. If you think you might have termites in your home you will need to act fast as early detection is essential to protect your property.
Signs of Termites
Wood damage, weakening or sagging
When it comes to termites, the first thing should look for is damaged wood. Termites burrow into wood in a honeycomb pattern without ever coming to the surface. This makes it hard to detect an infestation visually, but it significantly weakens the wood. While termites can attack various points, they’ll typically start at the bottom, so be sure to check the foundations of your home first
Mud like tubes of tunnels
When termites find it too difficult to burrow through a certain object, they will create mud tunnels as a means of protecting themselves from external dangers like weather and predators.Termites build mud tubes made of mud, dirt, and saliva to and from a source of food.
Swarmers & Discarded Wings
When termites are active in or around your home, you’ll could see swarms of them usually on window sills or near lights inside your home. A “swarm” is a group of adult male and female reproductives that leave their nest to establish a new termite colony. Swarmers are usually found during a warm day commonly after recent rain. Swarmers found outside near sources of wood does not necessarily meant your home is infested. Finding swarmers inside your home is more serious and could indicate and infestation of you home.
Termite Wings and Frass
Termite swarmers tend to lose their wings as part of their swarming activity, this provides homeowners with a way of knowing that they’re around even if they have not seen them. Termite wings look little wings look like fish scales and are usually piled together like termite frass. The location of Termite wings and frass does not directly indicate your home is infested, but is an indication that they could be very close and your home could be a future target.
DC Pest and Building Inspections are premium building inspectors. Building and Pest Inspections have been the family business for over four generations, making us one of the most knowledgable in the industry. Our building inspectors and pest inspectors are fully qualified with Australian carpenter and builder certifications. Whether you’re getting a building or pest inspection, all of our inspectors are meticulous in their evaluation of every property. This enables you to purchase the property with confidence, or avoid a nasty surprise! DC Pest and Building Inspections is based in the Sutherland Shire. We regularly inspect homes all over Sydney and Wollongong. If you are thinking of purchasing a new home, why not check out one of our Pre-Purchase Building Inspections. We also offer a wide range of building and pest reports that all comply with the Australian Standard (AS 4349.1).
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