Termites - symptoms and causes and all you need to know!

For those unfamiliar with termites, they are whitish, soft-bodied insects that like damp cellulose environments. They can pose a significant threat to the plants, trees, and wood in our houses as they like feeding on them. Timber is used in most Indian homes, including flats and villas, for doors and windows as well as woodwork for furniture. We frequently compromise on the wood to be used because the grade of wood fluctuates proportionally with the price. As a result, wood products that have not been treated for insects and vermin are being used. Termites attack at this point. Termites are extremely destructive and may inflict a lot of damage in a short amount of time. It is important to schedule pest control services as soon as feasible. However, you may only do this if you are aware of a termite infestation. So, let's look for indicators of termite infestation.

Symptoms of termites-

  1. Head-banging; No, this isn't to rock or heavy metal, contrary to popular opinion. You could hear a weird sound if you put your ears close to the walls or wooden furniture. When worker termites hammer their heads on the wood to warn the colony that they are in danger, this is known as headbanging.

  2. Termites consume wood from the inside out, so look for papery or hollow wood. This implies it will be hollow from the inside out, with only a coat of paint or a thin covering of wood on the outside. If you hear hollow or papery sounds when you knock on these spots, you have termites!

  3. Termites develop dampness while tunneling through door and window frames, making it difficult to access doors and windows. This causes the wood to distort, making doors and windows stiff and difficult to open and close.

  4. Frass: Termites leave behind frass, which may be found all over the area, indicating that you have visitors. Dry wood termites leave their droppings at the start of their tunnels, creating a black powdery residue surrounding the region they are infesting, whereas subterranean termites utilize their feces to create tunnels.

  5. Wooden tunnels and walls: Termites use tunnels, also known as galleries, to travel around inside the contaminated region. These tunnels are sometimes difficult to identify with the naked eye, but they may be found if you look intently in cracks in the timber. That's when you realize you've got a problem!

  6. In modern homes, the majority of doors, windows, and frames are still constructed with wood. Termites may reach them from underneath the floor or from outside your home, so they are usually the first locations they attack. Stuck doors are mainly caused by the natural expansion of the wood. Termites, on the other hand, are occasionally to blame.

  7. Whether you have hired specialists to treat your home for termites or bed bugs, it is critical to clear your home. Pay careful attention to discarded papers, cardboards, old magazines, and newspapers, since they give ideal conditions for termites to develop. If termites have infested one of your rooms, never move the contents of that room, including furniture, to other sections of your house where the termites are not present.

Causes of termites growth

  1. Moisture: This is by far the most common cause of termite colony formation in your home. Leaky faucets, damaged roof tiles, garden mulch, doors and windows, cardboard and other cellulose materials, and all wood and timber furniture at home fall into this category. The greatest termite prevention method is to keep your home dry.

  2. Wooden pathways leading to your house: If you have any wood or cellulose objects close to your home, move them further away. These serve as links between termites outside and within your house.
  3. Geographical location: Due to the environment of the region, homeowners in warmer and wetter states or regions are more prone to termites breeding at home.
  4. Cracks in walls and other exteriors: As previously indicated, damaged roof tiles can allow water to leak in, providing a perfect environment for termites. Termites can also enter your home through fractures and gaps in the walls. The simplest approach to avoid this is to caulk and cover any holes, which will kill any current termites in the crevices while also preventing new colonies of termites from entering.

Termites are harder to eliminate than most other household pests. They do not respond to insecticides. Traditional and outdated termite treatment methods employ hazardous chemicals that are harmful to our health and can stain or even destroy our walls and furnishings. Termites consume food 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This means they are continually eating and destroying wood. Termites can weaken the timber in your home, resulting in more expensive damages if left untreated. Although you can try DIY techniques to get rid of termites at home, it's always preferable to get expert help. Also, calling in a reliable carpenter or handyman will not produce satisfactory outcomes. Fortunately, you can count on HiCare to execute an excellent job.

Our pest treatment technicians use highly safe chemicals and spray with considerable caution so that no neighboring furniture or walls are harmed. As a result, you save money because you don't have to repaint or repair anything. Furthermore, you do not need to seek additional assistance after only a few days. Although you can try DIY techniques to get rid of termites at home, it's always preferable to get expert help. Our termite control service follows a 'Drill-FIll-Seal' technique to kill termites at home. Without a doubt, try HiCare! For more information or book to your appointment, take a look at their website at HiCare.