Termites can be a severe problem for the average Australian home, causing thousands of dollars of damage in a relatively short amount of time. Whether you live in an area known for termite infestations or you've just gotten unlucky, these tiny bugs can cause a considerable amount of harm to the furniture, walls and flooring of your property.

If you think you have a termite infestation, it's not a good idea to sit back and wait to see what happens. To avoid extensive damage and costly repairs, the best thing you can do is leap into action immediately and begin getting rid of them for good. Here's how to get rid of termites in your home:

How do I know if I have termites?

The first step to controlling termites is knowing whether they have infested your home. Simply spotting a termite mound nearby doesn't necessarily mean they've gained entry into your property. To be sure, here are some of the signs to look out for:

Termite tunnels

Tunnels in the mud around your foundations can be a tell-tale sign of termites gaining entry into your property. While one tunnel is a problem, dozens of them can suggest a severe infestation that needs urgent attention. You can typically spot these tunnels in the dirt and mud surrounding the foundations of your home, providing easy access to these hungry insects.

Wings and dropping

Termites leave evidence of their existence wherever they go, typically through the droppings they produce or the wings that fall off them when they find a new home for their queen. Keep your eye out for droppings or wings to figure out whether you do have a termite infestation on your hands.

Damaged or hollow-sounding wood

Termites eat wood from the inside out, and from first glance, you'd never know they'd been there with the thin wood shell that remains. But papery, hollow, or even expanded wood can all be symptoms of a serious termite infestation that's gone on long enough to 'clear out' whole sections of wood in your home.

Sounds within the walls

Termites communicate by hitting their heads against walls, leading to a rattling sound. You'll be able to hear this with a full infestation of termites – and the louder it is, the more advanced or extensive that infestation is likely to be.

How do I get rid of termites?

If you've determined that termites are present in your home, the next step is to rid yourself of them. While there are plenty of old wives' tales and rumours about termite removal, here are some of the options that are proven to work:

Chemical barrier treatments

Chemical barriers and treatments are a form of pesticide, which poisons termites as they attempt to reach your home. When these termites return home to their nest, the ingested poison will spread to others, leading to the ultimate destruction of a whole colony. If done right, pesticides can be very effective, though you'll need to ensure pets and children are kept far away from treatment areas.

DIY household treatments

Orange oil, clove oil and boric acid are all-natural household items that can quickly kill or at least repel the vast majority of termites. For these methods to be effective, you'll need to access where the termites are to apply the remedy. Another technique for small infestations is to attract termites with wet cardboard, allowing you to kill them once they leave the walls and furniture.

Baiting removals

Baiting involves placing stations or traps around your home that encourage termites to enter them rather than the foundations of your property. Once in the trap, termites will be poisoned slowly, returning to the colony to poison the remainder of the termites left inside. These baiting systems prevent the use of dangerous chemicals in and around the home.

Physical foundation barriers

If you have had a termite infestation in the past that is likely to return, physical barriers can prevent termites from reaching your property in the first place. Ant caps and obstacles built into the walls themselves are standard methods to prevent termites from accessing your home in a chemical-free way.

When should I seek professional help?

Termites are no joke, and if you're not sure you can get rid of an infestation yourself, seeking professional advice and guidance should always be the place to start. The sooner termites are removed, the less time they have to cause serious damage to your property – and a professional will always provide the most thorough and suitable job.

For termite control in Sydney, our team at Active Termite Control are the ideal choice. With extensive experience in eliminating termites, we can rid your property of pests quickly and effectively. Get a free quote for our services online now, or book us in for pest control today.

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