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What does termite damage look like?
How do I know if I have termites? Your first clue to a termite problem may be small flying insects-known as termite Swarmers-flying near your windows and leaving behind their discarded wings. This phenomenon generally occurs in the spring time.However, termites are active all year round, and as termite swarmers look very similar to flying ants, correct identification is critical as part of a professional customized solution.Termites are secretive pests and spotting them can prove to be very tricky. They can live undetected in hollow doors and wall voids for many years.Apart from spotting termite swarmers in the spring, another obvious indicator of their presence is the damage they inflict on properties. To actually tell if you have termites in your home, it is often easier to look for the early damage signs they can typically cause.
Here are a few common signs of termites-
Mud tubes on wall - Subterranean termites build shelter tubes made of mud, dirt and debris in order to travel to and fro the food source without being seen. These tubes are about the size of a coin and are usually found on exterior and interior walls leading up to the entry points of the building.
Sightings of termite swarmers (flying termites) or discarded wings-Usually the first sign of infestation noticed by property owners are the presence of swarmers or alates. Another common indication is the remnants of discarded wings on windowsills and floors. While they may quickly disappear after they found their mating partner, the identical and disembodied wings are sure signs of an indoor termite swarm.
Papery or hollow sounding timber - Termites usually consume woods from the inside out, leaving a thin veneer of timber or paint. So when you knock or tap 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.
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 or close the infested windows and doors.
Tunnels in the wood - Also known as 'galleries' which are quite difficult to see from the outside.
Termite droppings - After consuming wood, dry wood termites often leave behind brown-coloured and grainy faecal mounds. These faecal pellets are usually found beneath the infested wood.
Floor damage - Termites can damage laminate flooring and even skirting boards. Affected flooring may blister and sag in certain areas and checking underneath the flooring may help to uncover termite activity. You can also check if your floor feels more spongy and perhaps springs more than usual.
Wall damage - Look for unexplained cracks on internal walls. As termites consume cellulose found in timber within walls, the visible cracks could be a sign of termite activity inside.
Ceiling damage - Wooden ceilings, beams, architraves and rafters in attics are just as much at risk of termite damage as wooden structures located nearer ground level. Look for cracks on ceilings and cornices.
Foundation damage - The type of foundation your property is built on, has a big impact on how easy it may be for termites to gain entry in search of food. Although a lot of foundations nowadays are made of concrete - and termites do not eat concrete - they are able to squeeze into any crack within these concrete blocks and from there gain access to floor joists, which are still made out of wood. If you are building an extension, laying a chemical termite barrier beneath the concrete slab in order to prevent termites from traveling through foundation cracks. Homes with crawl spaces appear to be at greater risk of damage as their foundations are still traditionally made out of wood.
Garden damage - Decking and wooden fence posts in your garden are at great risk of termites. Long-term damage could lead to collapse. Termite-treated wood or metal posts, can help to avoid this problem. Termites may also damage trees, leading to branches falling off.
Damaged Roof Tiles - Access moisture in your home due to loose, broken or damp roof tiles can attract termites. Broken roof tiles are a great source of moisture, which will attract termites and allow them access further inside your home. Once inside, termites are able to maneuver through a property easily and attack and eat away at wood components in all locations. Make it a habit to replace any damaged or water-logged roof tiles to avoid make your roof a haven for termites.
Termite Inspection-Our trained specialist will do a full termite assessment to all accessible areas where existing and/or potential termite infestations may occur. A comprehensive annual termite inspection by Azima Queen is the best protection against termites by providing early detection of termite activity, saving you from serious damages on your property.
How we inspect for termites ?
Our certified Azima Queen termite experts conduct a thorough inspection of your home - both inside and out - carefully looking for evidence of termite activity and potential access points.
Using local knowledge-
Where you live is unique; there really is no place like your home. Azima Queen specialists have the on-ground termite control experience and in-depth local expertise and understand the climate and pest pressures of your area. Backed by science and innovation, as well as the latest innovation and technology, they bring with them global expertise to you locally.
A full report is provided to you at the completion of every termite inspection. Plugging findings into all insights about your area; from the surroundings to the season, from wood types to the weather, a customized treatment plan will be recommended for your specific needs.
What to expect during a termite inspection ?
Scheduled inspections take an average of 1 to 1.5 hours to complete, depending on the size and intricacy of your property. Here is what you can expect to take place during a scheduled termite inspection:
Pre-inspection - Before your termite inspection, one of our licensed inspectors will discuss your concerns and any particular needs you may have. The inspector will give you a thorough description of what will the inspection involves. In order to facilitate this inspection process, please clear up any clutter and remove items stored against the perimeter of the premises. The inspector will require access to all walls in your property.
During the inspection - The inspector will examine both the inside and outside of the property, including attics, patios, porches, garages and sub-areas (beneath the floor of the living area). Using specialist tools such as black light flashlights and moisture meters, the inspector will look out for possible leaks in high moisture areas, signs of termites - insects, termite pellets, termite wings and termite tubes as well as conducive conditions - areas of the structure that, if left unmaintained (fungus, dry rot etc.), are likely to attract termites.
Post-inspection - When the termite inspection is complete, you will receive a report which describes the findings - whether or not termite activity was discovered, areas of concern and damages made (if any). Recommendations and an estimate for treatment, repair and follow-up will also be provided in the report for you to decide the best course of action.
How much does termite inspection cost?
When it comes to termites, there is often no obvious indication to the untrained eye if a structure is infested, or vulnerable to infestation. If you’re looking for a home termite inspection near you, Azima Queen offers a free termite inspection such that you have all the information you need before making a decision.
Benefits of Azima Queen termite inspection ?
Conducted by specialised termite control team - Azima Queen termite inspections are carried out by our experienced termite experts who are equipped with in-depth termite knowledge and local expertise. They are also provided with a wide scope of extensive training, which enable them to deploy the correct termite control recommendations.
Automated detection devices -
Using automated detection devices, Azima Queen termite experts team detect, locate and confirm termite presence in your property.
Site risk assessment -
is completed in compliance with Azima Queen Pest Control requirement to ensure that all treatments carried out in your premises are conducted in a safely manner.
What are termites?
Termites are popularly known as Deemak in Hindi are the silent destroyers having the ability to feed on your wooden furniture like sofas, shelves, drawers, wardrobes without any immediate sign of damage.
They are small soft-bodied insects living in a highly organized colony made up of mud tunnels and need moisture for survival.
Termites can secretly hide and bloom in your house without showing any prompt signs of damaged initially. They are attracted to cellulose-based plant material and our home easily provides them with cellulose food.
What are the different types of termites?
There are mainly four different types of termites found in India – Dry wood termite, Damp wood termite, Formosan termite and subterranean termites.
Drywood Termites- Drywood termites can be 25mm long. Drywood termites are attracted to water damaged woods. These termites attack wood structure, furniture and frames. They get all the nutrition from wood and they do not require moisture from the soil. They can live in a dry environment. They can be found in wood near a water source such as near leaking pipes.
Subterranean Termites- Subterranean termites colonies also are divided into soldiers, workers and reproductive and its colonies can have up to 2 million members. They live underground in the soil. Subterranean termites can easily form large colonies with several workers and they can very quickly eat through wood.
Formosan Termites- Formosan termites single colony consists of about thousands of termites and its colonies can be up to 300 feet long. Its colonies are divided into soldiers, workers and reproductive. Formosan termites are devastating in nature and are darker in colour. They are very devouring and aggressive in nature and so once they infest it becomes very difficult to control.
Dampwood Termites- These types of termites are larger in size as compared to other termite species. These termites don't have workers so all the young termites do the work for the colony. These type of termites are found in woods. Dampwood termites do not require moisture from the soil. You will come across drywood termites in dead decaying wood and trees. Not only this they have also been found in buildings.
What are termite colonies consist of ?
The basic castes in a colony are queens, kings, workers, soldiers and alates.
Termite Queen and King : The Queen and the King in the termite colony reproduce, i.e. their function is to give life to the colony. They start out as an Alate leaving their parents' colony, dropping to the ground and shedding their wings to seek out an environment to nest.
Termite Workers-They are known as ‘the doers’ as they do all the work – feeding, grooming, excavating the nest and making tunnels, as a result, causing destruction in your homes. Termite workers do not defend and reproduce and make up the largest number within a colony.
Termite Soldiers-As the name suggests, they are the colony's defence. Termite soldiers defend the colony against attack by predatory enemies such as ants and are equipped with large jaws, sticky fluids or chemical spray to do so.
Alates-They are the future Queens & Kings. Alates are the winged reproductives who leave their nest and establish new termite colonies. Male and females pair off and look for a suitable environment to mate. They are often confused with ant swarmers.
What does termites look like?
Termite workers are pale, soft-bodied insects about one-quarter of an inch or less in length. Their antennae are straight Termites are mistakenly called white ants but are not ant-like in appearance.Winged termites, also known as swarmers, have pigmented bodies with broad waists and two pairs of wings that are equal in size and shape, have bodies about one-quarter of an inch in length. The swarmers quickly shed their wings after a brief flight.Activities of termites includes small pin holes in the surface of infested areas and the droppings accumulating below.
How do termites enter ?
Termites being very tiny creatures can enter your house through the soil along the foundation, or through the crack merely being less than half an inch or through weep holes in bricks.Since termites are capable of locating sources of moisture it is important that you do not keep wooden things wet to avoid termite infestation at home.
How can I differentiate between termites and ants ?
Ants and termites are often mistaken for each other nevertheless they are different insect groups.First of all termites are generally white or pale in colour whereas ants can be red, black or brown in colour Secondly, termites have straight antenna whereas ants have a bent antenna.Third, the hind wings of ants are much smaller than their front wings whereas the front and the hind wings of the termites are nearly equal in size.Last but not the least ants have a clearly defined head, thorax and abdomen with a binding between them. On the other hand, termites are joined between the thorax and abdomen.
Why do termites eat wood ?
In nature, termites play a useful role helping wood be recycled to the soil as humus, an organic material that provides nutrients for plants and increases the ability of soil to retain water.Using bacteria, protozoa and microbes that live inside their stomachs, termites are able to digest cellulose, the main constituent of wood. They are extremely well organized and persistent in their search for new food sources. Contrary to what one might think, they will eat anything containing cellulose i.e. wallpaper, books, boxes, carpet backing, drywall and even furniture.
How is the termite spray treatment carried out ?
In this treatment liquid termiticides are sprayed in and around the house. The approaching termites unknowingly pick up the termiticide and carry it back to their colony destroying them totally.
Is the termite spray treatment long lasting?
This is the fastest working termite treatment. In this method two kinds of pesticides are used:
Repellent-It acts as a barrier and prevents termites from entering the house.
Non-Repellent-It kills termites permanently.
How is wood termite treatment carried out ?
Wood termite treatment can be done with the help of chemicals or by following heat treatment. Not all woods can bear the high temperature of heat treatment. So the chemical treatment using the drill, fill seal method is carried out.
Will termite treatment affect the beauty of my home ?
No. Termite treatment will not affect the furnishings of your house. We make sure to seal the holes perfectly.