1. Flying Termites - Alates
Usually the first sign of a Termite close by is the presence of flying Termites (Alates). Alates are the male and female Termites that have left the nest to find a mate and establish a new colony.
Some species of Termites will swarm at night and are attracted to light sources. Other species will swarm in daylight, but all Termites tend to swarm after rain during warmer temperatures.
Flying Termites lose their wings shortly after finding a mate, so another sign your house may have Termites is their discarded wings. Male and female Termites pair up then crawl to a suitable nesting site where they seal themselves in to mate and start the new colony.
You want to check that your house doesn’t have a new colony.
2. Papery or Hollow Sounding Timber
Termites consume wood from the inside out, often leaving just a thin veneer of timber. When you knock or tap on an area that has Termite damage, it will sound hollow or papery. This is because the timber inside has been eaten away. Quite often homeowners only discover they have Termites when they find their vacuum cleaner goes through the skirting boards or when they put a finger through a doorway frame.
3. Mud – Termite Droppings
Another key indicator of Termites are mud galleries. This is something that CDI Pest Management will always look for when completing a Termite inspection.
Termites have soft bodies and need a micro environment. To achieve that, they build mud tubes called galleries everywhere they go - this maintains the micro environment. So if they chew through to outer walls, they’ll seal it up to keep out light and maintain humidity.
They bring mud and dirt from outside and need a water source to make the mud.
4. Tight-fitting Doors and Windows
Often related to signs of damp and hot weather, stiff windows and warped doors can also mean Termites! The moisture they produce when eating and tunneling through door and window frames causes the wood to warp, making it tough to open doors and windows.
Moisture is a great attraction for Termites - i.e. bathrooms, bad window seals etc. Moisture gets into the timber and releases C02, which attracts more Termites. Termites are often mistaken for moisture damage.
CDI Pest Management uses Termite baits that mimic rotting timber and release C02 to attract and kill the Termites. The active ingredient is an insect growth regulator that affects the Termite’s exoskeletons. When the baited Termite molts, they can’t redevelop their new exoskeleton and this causes them to die. As they pass food along to each other by regurgitation (trophallaxis), the bait must not kill the Termites immediately until they’ve had a chance to pass the bait along to the rest of the nest.
5. Head Banging
One sign of Termites is clicking sounds coming from behind your walls. Soldier Termites shake their bodies when the colony is disturbed and bang their heads against the wood to signal danger to the other Termites. Worker Termites are also very noisy eaters. If you put your ear close to any wood infested by Termites you can hear them eating away.
Professional Termite Inspection
CDI Pest Management are experts in identifying and treating Termite infestation. We have various types of technology to detect them when there are no visible signs, such as moisture, heat and sound sensors.
If Termite activity is found, CDI Pest Management are able to provide you with recommendations for the suitable treatments available for your property.
Read more about Termites and Aalates here