|Signs of Termite Infestation|
Unfortunately Termites are usually very hard to see until they've had a significant impact on a structure. At this point, you will be able to easily penetrate affected surfaces, as it's not uncommon for Termites to devour wood right until they reach paint. If you do experience this, you should seek guidance from your preferred pest manager as soon as possible, especially if there has been no recorded Termite activity in that area of the house previously.
Before this happens though, there are a few ways to determine that Termites may be active in or around your home.
Tunnel & Mud Leads:
Look for little tunnels (called leads) made of mud on the outside of your house, particularly on top of brickwork, concrete or dense structural material. This is how Termites travel when it's not easy enough for them to burrow through an object in search of food or water.
Termite nests that commonly look like growths on trees are referred to as Aborial nests. It is common for non-dangerous species of Termites make these, however there is always the risk that they are the type that feed on timber housing materials.
Generally, the first sign of infestation noticed by homeowners is the presence of swarming reproductives on window sills or near indoor light. Swarmers inside the house nearly always indicate an active infestation in the structure. The presence of swarmers outdoors is a natural phenomenon, but should warn that termites are near and possibly attacking a nearby building.
Another indication is the presence of wings, discarded by swarmers as a normal part of their behavior, found near emergence sites, on window sills or in cobwebs. Infestations also can be detected by the presence of shelter tubes going up the sides of piers, utility entrances or foundation walls.
Wood damage is a definite indicator of termite infestation. Wood that yields a dull, thudding sound when struck by a screwdriver or hammer should be examined.
The old fashioned method of locating termites is the careful probing of suspected areas with a sharp, pointed instrument such as a screw driver will disclose termite galleries or damage. This is a slow and tedious method which also results in damage to building structure surface materials and subsequent repairs.
The Termite Detection Radar within the Termatrac T3i , sends a specially calibrated radar signal through the building structure avoiding the need to physically penetrate and create such damage. The Termite Detection Radar can precisely identify and confirm termite presence in timber, as well as locate nests, mud-leads, and entry points without the need to physically penetrate any building structure.
If you find any evidence you think may be the work of Termites, leave it alone! Contact your nearest Termatrac Certified Technician for the most reliable way to detect termites without the inconvenience of damaging your building structures and surfaces.
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"The use of a Termatrac is not only good for the detection of termites but it has become an industry standard. So if there is a termite problem you should have been using it."
Troy Dawson, Dawsons Australia Pty Ltd (VIC, Australia)