TINY TERROR: He might be small, but the West Indian drywood termite packs plenty of punch and is a huge threat to Australia.
TINY TERROR: He might be small, but the West Indian drywood termite packs plenty of punch and is a huge threat to Australia. Contributed

Termite infestation: five signs you could have a problem

THEY may be tiny but collectively termites, or white ants, do more damage to homes across the country than fire, floods and storms combined.

Estimates put about a third of buildings in Queensland not protected from the creepy crawlies at risk, especially any close to gum trees.

But with the secretive insects preferring a dark and protected environment it can be hard to know if they are about, and more importantly, damaging homes.

Here are five signs you could have a termite problem:

1. Things that go tap in the night

Often inside buildings infested with termites a tapping sound can be heard as the insects tap signals along the woodwork.

2. Fragile features

The first signs of termite infestation people commonly notice is when skirting boards or door jams break easily.

3. Cracking up

Cracks in cornice or door jams can be a sign of damage to structural integrity as a result of termite damage.

4. Damp spots

Damp areas on walls may betray the presence of moist earthen material in which termites live.

5. Muddy deposits

Termites build tunnels to create a safe place to travel and protect their food sources. Unfortunately it can sometimes be hard to find.


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