Recent hot weather and rains are ideal conditions for termites to become active in your house and garden. Over recent weeks, we have seen several properties compromised by termite activity. Termites move very quickly and it’s not always easy to know when your home is under an attack.

What to look for

On the outside of a property, look for termite mudding or tracks.  Termites make these mud tubes to protect themselves from sunlight and regular ants as well as other predators.  Termites often look for small cracks or weep holes in brickwork to gain access into the house.  The cool, damp conditions are a haven for these little creatures who like to feast on timber.

Inside the house, look for paintwork and timbers that look wet or as if the paint is bubbling.  Tapping on an area with a hollow sound can also indicate the area has been compromised.  

What to avoid

Avoid placing garden beds, mulch or any other object alongside your house. It is particularly important to keep any garden beds or structures below the termite barrier (if your house has one). I’ve seen termites use broom sticks, steel posts and other debris to breach termite barriers into a house. If there are termite nests within the gardens of a property, these areas may also need to be treated depending on the distance from the home and the size of the nest.  

What next

If in doubt, seek a professional who can test and treat the area. Avoid disturbing an active nest / site as this can aggravate the termites who will seek other areas in the home if left untreated. Home owners should consider a regular inspection program appropriate for their property based on the age, location and dwelling type including any previous termite treatment warranties in place. 

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