Termites are terrors, there’s no two ways about it. When a termite colony – which can number around 200,000 – invades your home the destruction is slow but sure.

There are hundreds of termite species in Australia. At least 20 species can chew through wood, causing structural damage estimated around $60 billion worldwide.

Knowing how to identify a termite invasion early will save time, money and stress down the track. Antipesto regularly carry out pre-purchase termite inspections in Perth, and we’ve learned a few things about how to identify these pesky pests.

Inspect your home regularly for these common signs of termites:

1. Flying Termites

One of the clearest signs you have termites is…seeing termites. It may seem obvious, but flying termites can often be confused for flying ants or regular houseflies. If you see a UFI (Unidentified Flying Insect) and think it could be a flying termite, schedule a timber pest inspection to be safe.

2.  Smell of Rotting Wood

Termites prefer moist and damp environments. While the insects themselves don’t give off an odour, the smell of rotting wood can be a sign that termites are on their way. During a pre-purchase termite inspection we will also check for areas that could attract termites, and if you smell decaying wood call a Perth termite inspection company ASAP.

3. Hollow Sound Timber

Knocking on wood doesn’t always bring good luck. Sometimes you discover a hollow space where termites have chewed through wood from inside out, leaving a thin veneer. This is a sure sign you need a timber pest inspection.

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4. Doors Are Harder To Open & Close

Termites produce moisture when they start to tunnel into wooden doors and windows. This warps the wood, making for a noticeable difference when opening and closing. Don’t chalk it up to the weather; if doors and windows are sticking schedule a timber pest inspection.

5. Discarded Termite Wings

As a termite colony approaches maturity, flying insects will emerge to set off and establish a new colony. Check for clumps of winged insects or discarded wings near light sources; this is a sure sign that either you or a close neighbour, is facing a termite invasion.

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6. Mud Tubes

Being underground creatures, termites build small “mud tubes” no wider than a straw, for protection and a moist environment. Thankfully mud tubes are easy to spot on skirting boards, walls, beams, and exterior walls.

7. Clicking Sounds

You don’t have to see termites to know they’re in your house. Listen for a clicking sound coming from the walls or timber areas. That’s the sound of termites chewing their way through. If the soldiers are disturbed, they’ll signal danger to the rest of the hive by banging their heads or shaking their bodies. Schedule a Perth termite inspection as soon as you hear headbanging!

8. Termite Droppings – Frass

Frass looks a little like sawdust and will accumulate where termites are entering your home. If you see small piles of what looks like sawdust around cracks in the walls, it’s a sure sign of termites. We will also look for these frass piles during a pre-purchase termite inspection to protect your potential investment.

What To Do If You Suspect A Termite Invasion

Catching termites as early as possible is crucial to protecting your home and saving money later. Book a professional timber pest inspection as soon as you suspect termites in your home.

For an affordable $175 Antipesto will go through your entire home in detail, checking for signs and symptoms of termites. This includes inspecting for moisture spots, European Wood Borer and other pests, and a full 13-page report in line with Australian Standards.

Don’t wait for termites to take hold: call Antipesto or book direct through our website.