How to detect Termites in my home?

termite mud tubes

The most unwanted guest you can have in your home are Subterranean Termites. They are especially problematic and can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Like any pest infestation, it takes time to grow and may not be visible from the time they settled in. 

By the time heavy infestation signs appear, your home may have suffered some drastic damage.

 It is important specifically for termites to engage with a professional pest control company as they cannot be permanently removed with a spray of insecticide.

These are some ways you can detect and get rid of termites in your home. 

Presence of Termite wings in your home

There are certain times of the year when winged termites travel in swarms.

Typically, the first signs of an infestation are flying termites also known as swarmers or alates and discarded wings.

They come into action when the males and females have left their nest to mate or build a new colony – which could potentially be within your premises. 

Some flying termites swarm at night and are commonly attracted to light sources. 

Other species swarm in daylight. Drywood termites tend to swarm after rain at specific times of the year. If you notice bunches of termite wings scattered on your floor in your home, it’s time to call a professional pest control team to inspect to situation.

termite wings in home

Wooden doors and windows don't seem to be working properly

Termites feast on the wood in your home. As they do so, it causes the overall integrity of the structure to break down and can cause serious damage to the structure of your home. 

You will gradually notice that your windows and doors don’t work the same as they used to. Doors may not close the way it used to as well as window structures. Timber will swell, become hollow and soft and plasterboard walls will bubble.

This may be a tell-tale sign of a serious infestation. 

Have you been hearing some strange clicking sounds in your walls at home?

If you’re suddenly hearing a lot of clicking or tapping noises coming from your walls, you might have termites present in your home. Certain types of male termites create tapping noises when they sense a threat or disturbing sound vibrations.

There could also always be other causes of these strange clicking or tapping noises. However, if you suspect you might have a problem, contact a pest control professional to get it sorted with an inspection asap. 

Brittle Wood, saw dust and wood tunnels in your home

Structural damage might be severe when you start noticing sawdust and wood tunnels in your home. Since termites literally chew and feed on wood, they will leave a trail of infestation signs in your home over time.

Inspect your closets, cabinets, and other dark and unused areas of your home. Some spaces might not be visible from the outside so a thorough inspection is necessary to combat these pests.

Subterranean termites start from the ground and work their way up your floorboards and skirting boards. Sometimes, it need not necessarily be in floorboards but these pests could also be nesting in your wooden furniture. 

Should there be sawdust or brittle wood around your wooden furniture, ensure to get it checked immediately to prevent the spread to other wooden furniture and structures in your home. 

Termites wood tubes in home

What should I do If I detect these Termite signs in my home?

Avoid using off the shelf insecticide and touching the pests

Off-the-shelf insecticides are a temporary method to instantly kill these pests, however, it is not a long-term method. As these pests live, nest, and multiply within your wooden structures, there could potentially be a hidden nest that is not visible on the surface. 

We would advise seeking the assistance of a professional pest control company to solve your infestation issues immediately.

Engage a Pest Control Specialist.

At Wipeout Pest Control Services P/L We eradicate these destructive pests with treatment methods such as dustingbaiting and anti-termites soil treatment. 

Initial inspection of your premises will be conducted and regular inspections and treatment are most definitely essential specifically for heavily infested areas. 

-Dusting method is injected into the tubes or tunnels of termite infestation.

-Slab injection (Post treatment) only for existing buildings

-Pre-construction Soil-treatment. 
The soil is chemically treated even before the foundation is laid ensuring built in protection

 

Precautionary measures using our Termite Detection Device in your home: TERMISCAN

Termiscan is an advanced termite detection device that is able to detect these pests buried deep within your walls and structures in your home. 

To learn more about our services with Termiscan, read here.

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Wipeout Pest Control Services provides Professional, Quality and Affordable Pest Control Services in Singapore since 1995. Our technicians are certified to carry out and assist you in eradicating pests.