If you are seeing termites on your property, there is a good chance that they have been there for a while. Termites do not tend to move around in areas that can be easily seen due to their tendency to burrow deep into the wood of structures. This burrowing behavior is what causes the damage to property that termites are so well known for. In fact, in the United States, over $4 million is spent repairing the damage caused by termites. Sometimes the damage is so extensive that it affects the integrity of the structure and there is no choice but to tear it down. These kinds of losses are why it is so important for property owners to try to look for signs of an infestation and to prevent one from ever happening by contacting commercial pest control Sydney.
Termites can be either subterranean or live above ground. The termites that live above ground are known as dry wood termites. Both of these species have no problem infesting and building nests inside of trees. Termites infest the inside of trees and can hollow them out completely if the colony is big enough. This is a huge safety concern for all property owners. To check for this yourself, if you knock on the trunk of a tree and it sounds hollow it’s very important to get the problem looked at by a professional. Sometimes, termites have to cut exits into the tree that look like slits. This behavior is done when there is a predator in the nest that needs to be eradicated. Once the nest is safe again, the colony will actually reseal the opening. These exits are known as blowholes and appear in a longitudinal line.
Termites that live above the surface create tubes in areas where they could potentially face danger. Also, since termites prefer dark, humid areas, they are able to stay in an environment that is comfortable wherever they are traveling on the property. The tunnels built by subterranean termites are much harder to detect as they are usually well below the surface.
Termites tend to leave a lot of physical signs behind like discarded wings. You can even sometimes hear them moving behind the walls as they are excavating. You will usually find the wings of subterranean breeds in the Springtime while the dry wood varieties are rather unpredictable with their swarming patterns. When termites are working inside wood, they leave what looks like mud around the walls of foundations and joints. This waste product is known as earthen packing. Like most pests, they can also be identified by their droppings. These droppings look like small pellets and can be found in piles by their entrances.
There are many ways to identify if you have a problem with termites that can help you stop the problem before it becomes more serious. The honeycomb patterns in which termites burrow into wood can devastate any type of wood on your property. By making sure to look for these signs of infestation, you can help to keep your property from being destroyed by termites.