Signs of Termite Damage
Termites are just one of several insects that can bore through wood. A species of ant called Carpenter Ants can burrow through wood as well, and so can several other species of beetles. However, termites are the most common of these foundation-damaging pests. You’re going to want to keep an eye out for them before they cause major structural damage to your home or office.
One way to find out if you have a termite infestation is to look for signs of damage. Wood shavings and odd chunks of wood are common signs, but there are certain details you need to look in to.
Water or Termite Damage?
A common mistake people make is confusing termite damage with water damage, as the two exhibit similar signs:
- swollen floors
- weighted ceilings
- buckling wood
…and so on. There are several ways to tell if it’s truly because of a leak somewhere or if it’s due to those little, ant-like pests.
When you notice swollen floors or buckling wood, run through a quick checklist in your head. Did it rain recently? Is the area exposed to outside elements (i.e., the side of your garage, wooden lumber outside, your front porch)? Are there pipes behind that area of wall or ceiling? Is there a hollow space behind where water could collect?
If the answer to most of these is no, then the possibility of it being water damage is unlikely.
Termite infestations are also marked by the presence of a strong, mildew-like scent.
When termites are feasting on your wooden ceiling, the ceiling will appear to buckle and sag. In cases like this, it’s important to stay vigilant. Things hanging from the ceiling, such as light fixtures or ceiling fans, may put strain on the weakened wood, causing it to crack further or, worse, for the object itself to fall.
Subterranean termites are typically the cause behind foundation damage. If your foundation is primarily made of wood, you might want to be on the lookout for odd cracks, swollen areas, and the scent of mold or mildew. The last thing you want to do is pay for both an extermination and repairs.
Yes, termites can gnaw through fabrics as well. Once you see holes in your carpet or odd fish-scale-like piles around your house, call in an exterminator immediately. Those fish-scale-like things are the wings of termites who just completed a mating ritual. This happens in late spring and early summer, and you definitely don’t want to wait for the result of that mating.
The most common and obvious termite damage of all; wall damage. The signs are fairly easy to see: sagging walls, loose plaster, wood shavings/crumbs in corners, and odd patterns in the wood. Once you see this, call in your local termite control company for a thorough inspection.
If any of the aforementioned signs seem familiar to you, then it’s best to inspect a little further or have Termite Treatment Sydney run a thorough inspection of your house. Even if your house isn’t made primarily of wood, a termite infestation is a serious problem. In terms of aesthetic, the damage they leave to walls and ceilings is very noticeable. In terms of safety, their constant gnawing can leave buildings and houses structurally unsound.