Termite infestations are one of the worst pest infestations to have on a property. If not resolved quickly, a termite infestation can cause thousands of dollars in damages that can take many months to fix. Furthermore, a termite infestation will adversely affect the price of a property, making it difficult to sell and even rent out. Only professional pest control operators can manage termite infestations in the most effective manner. One should never try to get rid of termites on their own because they simply don't have the equipment or expertise for the job.

Every property owner should aim to have their property inspected for termite infestations at least once every six months. Here are some of the major signs of a termite infestation:

  • Hollow wood: Termites chew on the inner pulp of wooden structures, causing them to be hollowed out and leaving only the outer shell behind. One can check this by simply tapping on a wall inside their property, then listening for a hollow sound. This indicates a termite infestation that needs to be promptly resolved by a professional.
  • Termite swarms: Termite swarms may be visible if the infestation is quite severe. In this case, swarms of termites may be seen around the property, and some termites may even be spotted inside the property. Property owners should use a normal household vacuum for immediate cleanup inside the house and call a professional pest control operator so that a long-term solution can be implemented.
  • Termite droppings: Termites usually push out their droppings outside of their nests. These can be visible as a dark powdery substance. 

Solutions for termite infestations

If there is a termite infestation present, then a professional termite exterminator must be called. These professionals are experienced in dealing with termite infestations and will recommend the most appropriate course of action to get the termite infestation under control. One of the most popular solutions is strategically placed bait boxes around the structure of the property. These boxes contain a substance toxic to termites but harmless to humans and pet animals. The termites consume the toxic bait and also take it back to their colonies where it is also consumed by other termites. In this manner, the entire termite colony is eradicated over a series of weeks.

It is important to call a pest control operator who specialises in termites to ensure that a tailored termite extermination solution is offered.