If you suspect you have a termite problem, don’t wait too long to do something about it. While termites are small, they can have a devastating impact on your home if left unchecked. You may have had a termite infestation for longer than you think because termites can go undetected living inside your walls, gradually causing damage from the inside out.
Termites can get into your home through the tiniest of cracks, able to penetrate spaces as small as 0.79375 millimetres. If you notice any signs of a termite infestation in your home, such as sagging wood, rotting wood and insect droppings, call a pest management expert straight away. Here are some potential risks if you don’t act.
Structural and Foundation Damage
Subterranean termites build colonies underground, where they can cause significant damage to your solid wood flooring, sub-flooring and trim. A common sign of these termites are the tunnels they build up the side of your wood, concrete or brick stumps and foundations. Getting rid of these termites requires treatment starting on the ground outside your home. You can find some products in the store to do this but you’re better off contacting a qualified professional to be certain if eliminating them.
Damage to Walls, Windows, Doors and Furniture
If you live in a house with wooden walls, attic, windows and doors, they are at risk of damage from termite species such as the West Indian dry wood termite. As a dry wood termite, these critters don’t need freely available moisture to survive. It can infest small, portable pieces of wood, making it easy to spread.
As termites eat through the wood surrounding your windows and doors, they can start becoming more fragile, forming cracks, jamming or falling apart altogether. This can be inconvenient as well as dangerous to everyone in the house. Once your home is infested with termites, any wooden tables, chairs, cabinets and other goods are also under threat.
Many termite species prefer dead, moist wood in contact with the soil, such as stumps, fallen branches and fallen trees. However, there are termites that can digest regular wood and will happily feast on living trees. Over time, a termite infestation in a tree can spread to your property or undermine the structural stability of that tree. This can be dangerous if the tree is close to your home and capable of damaging it or injuring someone if branches start falling off or worse, the whole tree comes down.
Contact Us for Termite and Pest Control
Don’t wait for a termite to eat through your support beams before acting. If you suspect there’s a termite problem on your property in Brisbane, Redland Bay, Ipswich or Logan, contact the team at Critters Pest Management. We use state-of-the-art thermal imaging to detect termite activity and provide highly effective and sustainable termite inspection and termite treatment methods including termite barriers.
Call our friendly professionals today on 1300 186 255 to make a booking or contact us online.