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Termites aren’t found out in the open. They like an environment that is dark, humid and protected, which is what makes them so hard to find - until it’s too late.
That’s why an annual termite inspection is so important. There’s no substitute for a qualified and experienced termite expert performing a comprehensive termite inspection.
Termites do - however - leave signs indicating their presence and often it’s termite damage that is seen, rather than the actual termites themselves.
Here are a few common signs of termites that you might see (or hear) around your home or business:
Papery or hollow sounding timber - When termites consume timber, they eat from the inside out, leaving a thin veneer of timber or paint. When you knock or tap on an area that has termite damage, it will sound hollow or papery due to parts (or all) of the timber having been eaten away.
Your vacuum goes through the skirting board! - ...or your finger presses through a door jam. These are some of the most common things we hear from customers as the first sign of termites. As termites have eaten away the structural integrity of the timber, such as a skirting board, door frame or architrave, bumps or pressure against them will easily cause damage.
Tight fitting door or hard to open window - As termites devour timber, their excrement or ‘mud’ creates a protective environment that traps heat and moisture. This causes timber to swell, making it harder to open a window or close a door.
Cracks in the cornice or door jams - As termites eat away the timber in your walls or door jams, it causes a loss in structural integrity and cracks form. Be careful jumping to conclusions, though; cracks could also be caused by movements in your home unrelated to termites.
Termite mud - Termites construct ‘mud’ tunnels to provide a safe environment in which to travel, or protect their food sources. This mudding is often hard to see as it will be behind your walls or underground, but can sometimes be seen in your home's brick foundations or in architraves.
If you have seen the above signs of termite damage, contact Rentokil immediately to book in a termite inspection.
If you do have termites, our experts will recommend the best treatment for your individual situation.
For complete peace of mind, both our inspections and treatments are backed by 85 years of global experience and are performed by our trained SAPCA (South African Pest Control Association) pest control experts.