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 . . . .
- 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
- when 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
- 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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