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Termites at My Home

Termites find Indonesia homes particularly appetising, but why is that? There are a number of things that can make your home attractive to a hungry colony of termites. Our termite experts bring you termite identification methods and monitoring tips on how to control termites at home to help you understand the dangers and prevent termites from settling in your property.

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House

Foundation cracks

Why here?

Moisture in these cosy spots will attract termites and provide access towards the food sources your home provides.

What damage could they do?

Termites can gain access through cracks and once inside the structure of your home, they can consume sources of cellulose, such as the timber structure, floor boards and wooden furnitures.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Seal all cracks and holes in your home's foundation, which may provide a handy access point for termites.
  • Routinely inspect the foundation of your exterior walls for signs of mud tubes, cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Leaking downpipes

Why here?

Termites are attracted to moisture. Leaking downpipes draw termites towards your home by providing a source of moisture.

What damage could they do?

Moist areas make your home more attractive to termites and provide the ideal environment to live. Once termites are in your home they can consume any source of cellulose, like the timber structure, floor boards and wooden furnitures.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Make sure all leaking pipes are repaired as soon as possible.
  • Eliminate or reduce moisture around the exterior of your home.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Debris around home

Why here?

Debris such as overgrown plants, stored goods or trash near or against your home are a food source for termites. It can become moist and conceal signs of termites entering your home.

What damage could they do?

By providing an ideal environment for termites to feed, live and travel, debris near or against your home is a danger for introducing termites to your home. Once inside, termites could gain access to the inside of your home structure without any obvious access path or signs of their presence and can cause serious damage before you are able to identify and eradicate them.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Tidy up the exterior of your home at least once a week. Don't allow any leaves or debris to accumulate in gutters and drains.
  • Keep debris away from your home's exterior walls and foundations.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Hot water supply overflow

Why here?

Termites are attracted to moisture as it provides them with an ideal environment for living and reproduction. If your hot water system overflows, termites may be attracted to the moisture it provides and subsequently, the food sources that your home provides.

What damage could they do?

Allowing an attractant such as moisture to develop near your home provides a beacon to termites looking for a new environment to live. Once in your home termites will seek out appealing environments that have abundance of food, such as your home's timber structure, floor boards, skirting boards, furniture and even books.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Ensure the overflowed water deposits into a drain so it does not collect near your home's foundations.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Aircon moisture release

Why here?

Like your hot water system, the moisture released from your air conditioner provides a moist environment that is very attractive to termites.

What damage could they do?

Allowing an attractant such as moisture to develop near your home provides a beacon to termites looking for a new environment to live and reproduce. Once in your home, termites will seek out appealing environments that have abundance of food, such as your home's timber structure, floor boards, skirting boards, furniture and even books.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Ensure that your air conditioners moisture release is away from the foundations of your home and does not allow water to run back towards your home.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Broken tiles on the roof

Why here?

Broken roof tiles are another area that provides a source of moisture to your home, which makes it more appealing to termites looking for an environment to colonise.

What damage could they do?

Allowing an attractant such as moisture to develop near your home provides a beacon to termites looking for a new environment to live and reproduce. Once in your home, termites will seek out appealing environments that have abundance of food, such as your home's timber structure, floor boards, skirting boards, furniture and even books.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Always fix broken roof tiles, leaky roofs and gutters.
  • Have a regular check for dampness in the roof void and dehumidify it if you find a problem.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Garden

Ground slopes towards foundation

Why here?

Termites are attracted to moisture within the soil.

What damage could they do?

Moisture which has collected around your home's foundations due to a slope can cause cracks. From here, termites may find access points into your home via the foundations.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Improve drainage around your home to remove water from its perimeter.
  • Always fix any cracks or leaks.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Timber structure in contact with soil

Why here?

Termites search for food sources via underground tunnels. If they find timber, such as the timber footings of your home, this can ultimately leads them to their food source, your home!

What damage could they do?

Your home's timber structure is an interconnected set of timbers. Once termites have started feeding on the first timber, they have no reason to stop and they could gain access to the rest of your home.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Use termite-resistant, or termite-treated timbers when they are in contact with the ground.
  • Use metal "shoes" that elevate the timber from the ground.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Fence posts in contact with soil

Why here?

Termites will search for food sources from underground and untreated fence posts in contact with the soil are a perfect meal for termites.

What damage could they do?

Termites will feed on the timber in your fence and can cause it to collapse. Your fence also provides a stepping stone to your home. Once termites have infested your fence they will seek out other food sources close by, which may include your home.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Always use termite-resistant or termite-treated timber or metal posts.
  • Regular termite inspections will identify any trouble spots or evidence of a termite attack.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Tree stumps

Why here?

Tree stumps not only provide a food source for termites, but also a good habitat for building a new colony.

What damage could they do?

If termites set up a colony or start feeding on a tree stump near your home, termites of Coptotermes species can migrate to your home and feed on the timber structure, skirting boards, furniture and even your books. No one wants termites close to their home.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Remove tree stumps from your garden. If there are any termites colony in the tree stumps at your garden, make sure it is treated as soon as possible.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Large trees

Why here?

Trees are great food sources for termites. They also provide a habitat for building a colony.

What damage could they do?

Termites can cause severe structural damage to trees, which creates the danger of branches or even the entire tree falling and damaging your home or endangering your family. Besides that, once termites are in your yard, it is a short step for them to move to your home, leading to extensive and costly damages.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Trim all shrubs, bushes and other dense greenery away from the foundation of your home.
  • If a tree in your garden does have termites, you must have it treated as soon as possible to remove the danger to your home and family.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Garden mulch

Why here?

Mulch such as decaying leaves, bark or compost keeps in moisture very well, which termites are attracted to. It also provides them with an ideal food source.

What damage could they do?

Mulch may encourage termites closer to the home and conceal possible entry points. Once termites are in your home they can consume any source of cellulose, like the timber structure, floor boards, architraves and furniture.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Leave a gap between the mulch and the foundations of your home. Conduct a regular inspection to ensure that there are no termites infestation.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Kitchen

Plumbing leaks

Why here?

Moisture caused by plumbing leaks and other available food sources in your kitchen will attract termites to the area.

What damage could they do?

Moist areas make your home an ideal environment for termites to live and reproduce. They will start consuming any source of cellulose in the surrounding, like the timber structure, floor boards, wooden furnitures and even books.

What can I do about it?

 

  • Ensure all plumbing leaks are repaired as soon as possible. Eliminate or reduce moisture of your home surrounding.

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Discarded wings

What's this?

Termite swarmers or alates fly out from their original colony to establish new ones. They will drop their wings when they land and look for a mating partner.

Why does this indicate termites?

If termite swarmers or alates find the environment favourable to feed and reproduce, they can establish a new colony in your living space, causing extensive and costly damage to your home.

What should I do?

Seal cracks and gaps around your home's foundation as they can be termites access points. An annual termite inspection is the best way to identify termite activity in your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Hollow sound

What's this?

Termites usually consume woods from the inside out, leaving a thin veneer of timber or paint. So when you knock on an area that has termite damages, it will sound hollow or papery due to parts (or all) of the timber having been eaten away.

Why does this indicate termites?

Termite consume cellulose, like timber structure, floor boards and wooden furnitures, leaving them hollow. If left unchanged, this damages the structural integrity of the timber resulting in collapse.

What can I do about it?

If possible, replace the infested door or wooden furniture with termite-resistant or termite-treated timbers. An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Cracked ceiling

What's this?

Cracked ceiling or walls are areas that provides a source of moisture to your home, which makes it more appealing to termites looking for an environment to colonise.

Why does this indicate termites?

Allowing an attractant such as moisture to develop in your ceiling or walls entice termites to live and reproduce in your home. Termite can consume cellulose in your ceiling and walls, causing serious structure and costly damage.

What can I do about it?

Always seal cracks on your ceiling and walls as soon as possible.

Soil-like substance

What's this?

A persistent accumulation of soil or mud-like substance against walls, door frames, windows or on floors. It can sometimes look like twigs hanging from your door or window frames.

Why does this indicate termites?

Termites build shelter tubes made of mud, dirt and debris in order to travel to and from the food source without being seen by predators and to minimise moisture loss. This is a common indication that termites are active in your home.

What should I do?

Call 0800 1 333 777 immediately to book a FREE termite inspection to protect your home from further damage.

Stucked Window

What's this?

Termites are attracted to cellulose on wooden window frames, especially those rarely used ones.

Why does this indicate termites?

As termites devour timber from the inside of the window frames, this can cause the window to be irregular and misshapen.

What should I do?

Call 0800 1 333 777 immediately to book a FREE site inspection to protect your home from termites.

Bedroom

Cracked walls

What's this?

Cracked walls or ceiling are areas that provides a source of moisture to your home, which makes it more appealing to termites looking for an environment to colonise.

What damages can they cause?

Allowing an attractant such as moisture to develop in your walls or ceiling entice termites to live and reproduce in your home. Termite can consume cellulose in your walls and ceiling, causing serious structure and costly damage.

What can I do about it?

Always seal cracks on your walls and ceiling as soon as possible.

Winged termites

What's this?

Winged termites are termite swarmers or alates that flies out from their colony to look for a mate, before setting up a new feeding and breeding site. They are sometimes mistaken for winged ants.

What damages can they cause?

Termite swarmers or alates can set up a colony and start feeding on the timber structure, skirting boards and wood furniture in your home.

What can I do about it?

An annual termite inspection is also one of the best way to protect your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Spongy floor

What happened?

The flooring has become spongy and springs more than usual.

Why here?

Timber floorings are termite food source to build their colony. They have eaten the floors from the inside out, which can cause the floor to collapse. They can also easily spread to other areas of your home.

What can I do about it?

An annual termite inspection is the best way to identify termite activity in your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

Clicking sounds

What's this?

If you hear sound of knitting needles clicking or running water from within the walls, it mean termites are moving within the wall structure.

What damages can they cause?

Termite can damage the walls and ceiling, which could result in permanent structural damage.

What can I do about it?

An annual termite inspection is the best way to identify termite activity in your home. Call 0800 1 333 777 now to schedule a FREE termite inspection.

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