If you are reading this you probably are thinking of calling in a professional Brisbane exterminator to come into your home and address your incessant worries of having termites eat away your home from right under your nose. You probably saw a large winged ant in your basement or front porch or heard the sound of small pests chewing away on your wood (most likely it’s your imagination), but all in all, it is something that you would want checked out especially given the fact that termites tend to be very destructive and cause damages worth millions of dollars annually. Eating the wood from the inside out, termites can be hard to detect and can cause massive and extensive damage to your home without your realization. But if you know the signs to be on the lookout for, they will not sneak up on you. That said, let us have a look at some of the things that Brisbane professional exterminators look for during termite inspections.
Evidence of the presence of swarmers
While there are three types of termites, the most common ones are the subterranean termites. Termites tend to start new colonies from nests that are already in existence. The winged termites are the ones charged with the responsibility of creating new nests. So when you detect several, you should know that there are termites around using the wood in your landscape or home as food. Inspect the doors and the window sills first. But just so that you are sure you saw winged termites and not ants, you should know that termites have their rear wings the same length as their front ones while winged ants have shorter front wings.
This is an obvious indication that screams you have a termite problem in your Brisbane home. The mud tubes can be found near the pipes, along the foundation, in the attic and other access points in your home. The mud tubes act as highways to go around obstacles that they cannot go through. They are made up of wood cellulose, soil and other particulates. The mud tubes are very essential as they prevent the termites from dehydration by maintaining a humid and enclosed environment. The tubes also protects them from their predators.
Mud in the construction joints
Termites sorry to say are very studious pests. They may seal up tiny gaps in you construction with some dirt just to make themselves comfortable. If you do not detect mud tube, be on the lookout for crusted dirt in areas that are cracks in the concrete or sheetrock.
With the above few tells, you can be able to keep your home safe from a termite infestation.