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Signs That Show That Termite Damage Has Occurred

What is termite damage? It’s rare but possible for certain termite species to destroy a home beyond repair, especially if the infestation isn’t kept under control for several years. The most destructive termite in Australia is the Mastotermes darwiniensis, but are only located in Northern Australia, a very destructive species that can ringbark trees and damage crops like sugarcane.

The destructive nature of this termite is due to their habit of travelling in large groups, carrying away food pieces that they find on the ground and using these as home bases for building their nests. This can be especially damaging to homes and to other wooden structures because of how wood is a soft and pulpy material.

Termite damage can be a very difficult issue to contend with especially if you don’t have termite baits or other methods of controlling termites in place. For these reasons, it’s essential that you know what signs to look for when it comes to termite damage in order to prevent further damage to your property. It’s also good to know how to detect termite damage so that if you ever need to perform some Termite Damage Repairs, you’re able to do so effectively. The following is a brief overview of some common signs that indicate termite infestation:

A major concern about termite damage is that the entire exterior of the house may be affected by the infestation. If you notice mud holes in your garden, wood-decaying in your house or holes in the foundation, then termites have probably invaded your home. Termite droppings can be seen in large amounts all around. These droppings often resemble tiny pieces of paper. In larger infestations, you may even see mud tunnels that extend from the ground to the walls and ceiling of the house.

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Termite damage of a door frame

Another indicator of termite damage is when you find dead or dying insects inside your house. You may even find mud tunnels stemming from damaged foundations or walls. If you find mud tubes stemming from the ground, then the chances are high that termites have made their nest there. The reason why these tunnels are formed is that termites tend to build their colonies in mounds that form over the soil. Therefore, termite damage can easily be detected if you know what to look for.

Termite droppings are another major reason why termites are destructive to homes. If you find mud tubes stemming from the soil, then you can pretty much bet that these are produced by termites. Termite droppings resemble small granules. They are white in colour and are usually seen in large numbers.

Lastly, signs indicating damage by other pests or rodents can also be confused with signs of termite infestation. For example, you may find some rats or mice in your house which show no signs of damage. However, if you find dead animals in the house, it is possible that they have been eaten by termites. In this case, it is best to call in a professional pest control company to carry out termite damage repair.

Termite damage repair is often complicated. This is especially true if you find mud tubes stemming from the soil. Fortunately, Carpentry Worx offers a complete termite damage repair service that finds and removes the structural damage and replaces the structure with termite resistant timber and wood.

Carpentry Worx offers termite damage repair to all homes and businesses in the North Brisbane areas. We remove the damaged structures and replace them with termite resistant wood and timber with our professional carpentry services.

Further Reading

How to recognise and manage termites

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