Detecting termites

Termites hide. They are little white, soft-bodied weaklings. Termites avoid light and rarely come out into the open. Termite attack can escape anyone's notice for a very long time, which can be horribly expensive, not to mention dangerous.  A lot of houses that collapse during hurricanes or earthquakes really break due to weakening by termites.

So, how are termites in houses detected?

1. Dumb Luck. Often termites are detected . . . .eaten wood

  • when the vacuum cleaner leaves a dent in the skirting board
  • when someone makes a dent in the floor
  • when the door falls off
  • when termites fly (in huge numbers) inside the house
  • spotting on plaster ceilingwhen you notice strange bits of mud in the plasterwork
  • when the light/fan in the toilet/laundry won't turn off
  • when the wood in the window frames looks mottled through the varnish
  • when you notice strange bubbles in the paint
  • when you lie awake at night and wonder what those quiet noises might be


2. When Other Trades are . . . .

  • repairing a springy floor
  • fixing leaky plumbing
  • My cousin Ian McIntosh in his Darwin back garden . . .working in the garden
  • putting in new cupboards
  • installing your home theatre


3. Regular Inspections . . . .

  • when you look under the floor and see telltale shelter tubes
  • when you look near all the wet areas and notice bubbled or uneven surfaces
  • when you crawl around in the roof space and the wood seems hollow
  • when you look at all those wings you keep vacuuming away . .
  • when you hire a competent someone to do the looking for you


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