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A Home Buyer’s Guide To Spotting Termite Infestations

If you are a property investor, it is necessary to be well aware of the condition of the house you plan to purchasein order to avoid making the wrong decision. The presence of termites alone can already cost you thousands of dollars in repair and remedial work, so it is important that you are able to spot the signs of termite infestation before deciding to take out your money.

Taking time to visit the property you are planning to buy gives you a chance to have a casual inspection of the house. Aside from examining the design and checking for structural damages, you should also pay close attention to any traces of termite infestation that you might find.

Evidences of Termite Infestation

When checking out a property, here’s what our technicians at Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services suggest that you look for to help you identify the presence of termites:

Mud tunnels

Moisture is a necessity for termites to thrive. Even when travelling from their nest to their food source, subterranean termites require moisture to survive, thus, they build mud tunnels. These tunnels look like small tubes that are made of mud, and are usually found on the exterior walls of the house.

Termite droppings

As termites damage the wood materials in a property, they leave tiny droppings, called frass, which look like wood pellets or grains. Termite droppings can be commonly seen in piles just beside a wood material, including furniture. Seeing these droppings is usually a sign that the property is infested with drywood termites.

Wood Damage

Visible wood damage caused by termites includes small holes and damage that appear like tunnels. Edges of wood may also appear to be crushed, as a result of termites eating up the material.

Tapping on the wood will also help you determine possible termite activity. That is, if the wood sounds hollow, it is likely that termites have slowly damaged its interior.

Presence of Swarmers

If you find a swarm of winged insects indoors, which resemble ants, then it is a clear indication that there is termite activity within the property. Other times, you might only find discarded wings, which indicate that the insects have grown into the next stage of their life cycle.

Swarmers often gather near a light source and their presence could mean that they are building a new colony because an existing one has already reached its maximum size.

No Tell-tale Signs

It’s not all the time that you will visibly find signs of termite infestations, but that does not guarantee that there is no infestation at all. If you want to find out if there are risks of termite infestations in the property you want to buy, our team at Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services can help you with conducting a thorough pest inspection.

Moreover, if you find indications of termite infestations but still want to purchase a property, we can help with verifying the presence of pests and recommend treatment methods that can be used to eliminate the infestation.