When questions about termites arise, there is always an endless trail of stories and confusion to be found.
Before you head off with your upcoming knowledge on how to look for termites yourself, I as an open minded, highly experienced licenced professional, feel it is very important that you know that:
1. There are 5 common species of subterranean termites that we encounter in S/E Qld and they all have different appearances, habbits and leave different evidence.
2. There are dry wood termites also which create another whole batch of stories.
3. Different building styles significantly change the areas to concentrate on when looking for evidence of any of the termite species.
This combination of circumstances often makes every situation unique in some way or another but in a general sense, here are some basic techniques you can use to help detect termites in your home.
Techniques such as applying pressure (use the handle end of a long screwdriver for DIY’ers) to exposed timbers can give an indication of “there is nothing left but the paint” or there can be a “hollow or dead sound” when these timbers are tapped against.
Using a very good torch is vital. You would be looking for any “warping” in the paint or any “termite mudding or workings” between joins of any part of the structure.
Beyond these very basic techniques, electronic devices such as our industry leading thermal camera -FLIR E60bx can provide detection when used by highly experienced professionals. The old “point and shoot” mentality with a cheap $3,000 thermal camera just won’t cut it sorry.
See here as our Thermal Camera detects termperature variation due to termite mudding in a wall with no visual evidence to the naked eye.
During your DIY inspection, if you have found anything of concern and now feel that you require a full and professional termite inspection, please just contact us on 0459 166 396 and let the real investigation and problem solving begin.
A combination of knowledge, experience, friendliness and actually doing what is right for the home owner is what Conquer Termites Gold Coast are, and will always be proud of 🙂