Australia has had a rocky start to Spring so far, producing some of the hottest days on record for this time of year. In order to help with preparing to enter our warmer months and protecting your home from costly damage that termites can cause, you first need to understand what you’re up against.
What Are Termites?
Let’s start with knowing our enemy; termites are actually a part of the cockroach family, contrary to popular beliefs about being related to ants. Many homeowners mistake termites for ants due to their similar appearances, and can often dismiss these infestations without taking any precautionary extermination methods. The danger in this is that it allows the termite colonies to grow exponentially right under your nose.
FUN FACT: Termites do more damage per year than fire, flood & storm combined!
Our friend, the termite, has often been referred to as “the silent destroyer”. This is due to its ability to remain quiet and subtle while causing massive destruction to your home. It is also important to note that termites thrive in moisture-rich areas. The humidity in this beautiful part of the country allows for the perfect climate for termites to prevail against the other harsh elements. Termites enjoy the warmer weather and usually tend to swarm around late spring to early summer, so an annual termite inspection is highly recommended as the mercury starts to rise.
How Termites Can Damage Your Home
If you’re reading through this so far and thinking “My home isn’t made from wood, termites won’t affect me,” Unfortunately you would be sadly mistaken and could fall victim to the Silent Destroyer’s wrath.
All homes, regardless of their foundation or construction type, can be affected by termites. The termite feeds on cellulose rather than wood. Cellulose is a substance found in plant cell walls, in fibres such as cotton and can also be found in certain types of paint. All of this means that not only the foundations of your home but the furniture, skirting boards, window frames, shelving structures and even your books and indoor plants can be potential feeding sites for your unwanted house guests.
Termites don’t exclusively cause cosmetic damage. They eat into the very structure of your home. This could include the support beams, floor joists and ceiling beams. If you find or suspect you have superficial termite damage in your Gold Coast home, it is highly likely that there will be far more damage beneath it. If a termite colony gets to the structures that support your home, they can render it unlivable until the damage is repaired. It is not only wood structures that are susceptible to termite damage. Termites also enjoy feeding on the back of plasterboard, plastic and even your removal boxes.
FUN FACT: When termites find a good food supply, they will release pheromones to alert the rest of the colony! When pheromones are left on the food source (your home in this instance), it is a signal for other termites to invade; Like a map to a good coffee shop!
Are you thinking you’d rather be safe than sorry?
Or that your beautiful home has a potential risk?
Read on to discover LessPest More Control and their solution to your termite infestation.
Now that we know a bit more about our enemy and what they like, we can move on to how to identify their presence in your Gold Coast home.
How To Identify Termites In Your Home
There is a multitude of telltale signs that termites have invaded your home. Below are some of the identifying factors for you to determine whether or not you have a termite problem.
Swarming: Have you been noticing little winged creatures hanging around in your home? This could indicate the presence of termites. Generally emerging in spring as the weather starts to warm up, the swarmers of the colony set out in search of places to start new colonies. Seeing these critters in your home means one of two things: either you’ve got an abundance of new roomies moving in, or your tiny tenants are vacating the premises on the search for bigger, better things. Neither option is good for your property.
Discarded Termite Wings: Keep an eye on your window sills and door frames for discarded wings. As we’ve seen earlier, termites are often mistaken for ants; this includes the winged termites as well. The distinct difference between winged ants and winged termites is that only termites shed their wings. A termite will drop its wings shortly after finding a mate, finding these discarded in and around your home could be an indicator of unwanted house guests.
Rattling Noises: Now, I know we mentioned earlier that our friend the termite is known as the “silent destroyer”; however if a colony is threatened, the termites alert one another by banging their heads on their tunnel walls. If you listen carefully and hear a rattling or clicking noise within the walls or floorboards of your Gold Coast home, get onto your local and trusted pest control company, LessPest More Control; because not only do you have termite presence, but they’re upset about something too!
Hollow Sounding Timber: When chowing down on your family’s home, termites like to keep themselves protected from the elements as well as from detection. Unfortunately for your property, this means the termite will consume the timber from the inside out, leaving only enough of a shell to keep itself safe and remain hidden. When you knock, tap, or even walk on an area that has been damaged by termites, a resounding hollow noise will be able to be heard. If you notice hollow sounding timber in your home, it’s best to call in the professionals to organise a termite inspection.
FUN FACT: The average cost to homeowners to repair substantial termite damage is $3,000! This can vary widely depending on the extent of the damage and exactly what is damaged.
Now that we’ve touched on what termites are, how to detect their presence, and exactly how they can damage your home, it’s time to move on to the best part; why you should hire a professional pest control company to remove them once and for all from your home.
Introducing… LessPest More Control!
LessPest is a professional Australian Termite & Pest Management company dedicated to ridding your home of termites safely. Below are some of the amazing benefits of hiring them for your pest inspection:
Quality detection tools: Termites are clever little builders that excel in remaining undetected in your home. With LessPests’ use of quality detection tools, such as a Termatrac device, moisture meter, tapper and head torch, we can efficiently and effectively detect the presence of termites without alerting or alarming them!
Peace of mind: Having professionals take care of the job with the right qualifications, equipment, knowledge & products; will leave you feeling reassured of your house becoming safe, particularly with a preventive measure around your home. It’s not a matter if termites hit but when. Prevention is always better than cure.
Multiple treatment types available: If you suspect termite damage in your home, ensure you don’t disturb the affected area! Always call a professional, as you risk alerting the termites and having them flee before you can arrange to have them exterminated successfully. It’s not just the ones you see, there is a whole colony that needs to be eradicated. At LessPest there is a range of treatments available to suit every need; these include, foaming, baiting, chemical and physical preventive systems.
Time effective: The job LessPest can do in an hour, may honestly take you a day, or even several days. There is also the chance you may miss an area; and as we’ve seen above, the termites will return all too soon to the pheromone coated timber and continue to wreak havoc to your family home.
Cost-Effective: Save the money you will need for expensive pesticides and just spend a fraction of it to hire the pros in the field. Everyone’s happy!
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