By nature, termites are social insects. You might be surprised to know that termites are blind and work 24 hours a day. Large termite nests can contain upwards of 3 million termites. For this reason, if you’ve spotted a nest on your premises it’s imperative that you don’t hesitate to get it assessed. Unfortunately, people are commonly too slow to react to a termite infestation, leading to irreversible damage to the structure of their homes. In this article, we’re going to outline everything you need to know about termite infestations and what you can do to prevent them.
How Do I Know When My Property Has Termites on It?
Swarming Termite infestations happen when one or more of the termites in your home swarm together and produce hives all over an entire home. When these termites swarm in your home to create a big hole in your wall, they make a large opening in the existing wall, which can contain many other termite colonies. A good indication of swarming is a white powdery substance on your walls, which can next be spotted on separate parts of the house.
Termite infestations occur when a single individual has become infected with the termite and has started creating swarms. The termite will usually begin to build its new colonies in places where there are large gaps in the ground. You can quickly identify these places by using a soil analyser. When this happens, you should take immediate action to stop this infestation before it becomes a significant problem. If not, then the infestation will spread into the surrounding areas. The following video by RovePest control outlines 3 warning signs that your home has termites.
Are There Different Types of Termites?
There are several different types of termite which infest homes. Each class has its unique traits, which will need to be addressed as soon as possible. These termites live in tunnels which they dig to feed on materials that they find around their nest. These termites are considered as the most dangerous type because they have a highly venomous bite that is quite painful.
Another type is called the Subterranean Termite. This particular type of termite is slow and will only lay up to ten eggs in a month. To control this infestation, you first need to find out the location of the nest. To locate the nest, you need to excavate the soil around your home or property and then determine the location of the entrance to the underground tunnels. After discovering the entrance, then use a soil tester to ascertain if any termite colonies have built their nests at this location.
The last type is the White Termite. The behaviour of this particular type is quite interesting as they do not have a flight. They are said to be the smallest known species of termite. They are found in homes because they have found a suitable spot where there is no oxygen source, such as in old attics or crawl spaces. As mentioned earlier, there are various types of termite behaviour, but there are some vital signs that you need to watch out for when dealing with this infestation. If you observe these signs, then it is best to do something about it, as it is not safe to wait for these signs to show before taking action.
What Do I Do If I Have Termites on My Premise?
If you see any cracks in your home’s foundation, then you must have a contractor to examine the foundation and make sure that it has not been affected. This is the perfect time to start the process of eliminating this particular type of infestation. Companies like Bruin Pest Management are developing a strong reputation for high quality pest management services. For any queries or advice on what you should do, don’t hesitate to give them a call. When they inspect your property, they will inform you of their price and course of action to ensure you get your termite infestation under control.