The unfortunate truth about termites is that it is often too late when you find them.
There are a number of real situations of locations you may not often visit or explore in your home and garden, only to find out later that termites are silently doing damage.
One elderly woman who doesn’t frequent a downstairs area was left surprised to find her bookcases had been infested with active termites and termite mud. Of course, termites love wood, and of course, that means paper.
These termites had made themselves at home and ate the pages out of over 70 per cent of the books in this bookcase. Now while the termites haven’t eaten the home, some of these books had sentimental value and have been lost.
The second part of this hidden surprise is that behind the bookcase the termites are eating out the skirting. Lucky for this property it is double brick, and limited damage has occurred apart from the sentimental value of the books
Significant termite mudding
The whole bookcase is encased
Termite mud on skirting behind
The second hidden hotspot, and probably the most common hidden area is the subfloor. Who frequents a subfloor other than someone who needs to do work there? This problem was found in one case while conducting a building and termite inspection for a buyer.
This subfloor had pooling water, which created a perfect environment for termites. These termites were already into the wall and floor frames and starting on the floor itself.
This is a significant case of termite tunnels and mud; we have them going up the piers and across floor frames. This is an extremely active environment, and the owner never knew what was going on.
This is not the only pier in the property which termites are tracking up and down.
This problem requires improvement of the ventilation, drainage and treat the termites.
Termite mudding tracking up and down the piers and frames
Termite mudding tracking up and down piers and frames