Australia is home to a wide assortment of creepy crawlies that make most people quite uncomfortable. From spiders to scorpions, chances are you will come across one of these critters in your lifetime. However, one pest that is dreaded by all homeowners is the termite. Despite being incredibly small, these insects can be astoundingly destructive. If you do not pay close attention to the signs of an infestation, you could find yourself having to invest in demolition services and rebuild your house from scratch! Luckily, termites do leave clues in their wake. Knowing how to discern these clues could mean the difference between early remediation and extensive renovation. Read on for signs that would indicate that your home is in dire need of termite control.

Dried wings collecting on the ground

From afar, dried-up termite wings can have an eerie similarity to fish scales. If you do not prep fish on a regular basis in your home, it would be prudent to get down on all fours for a closer inspection. When you have a termite infestation in your home, they will shed their wings cyclically. Since these wings have nowhere to go, chances are you will find them strewn on your flooring all over the house. If you think that they could be ant wings, you should have a pest control specialist examine them to determine whether you have an infestation on hand.

Tunnels of mud around your home

Another sign that it could be time to call pest control services is the appearance of mud tunnels around your house. Termites will typically try to gain access into your home through cracks in windows or doorways. However, if your foundation has been compromised with cracks and fissures, then the termites can build mud tunnels straight from the ground, through your foundation and into your home. Be on the lookout for soil inside the home that is seemingly unexplainable. You should also have your foundation inspected so that any tunnels are laminated and cracks remedied to prevent further breaches on your property.

Timber that sounds hollow

Homeowners who have never had a termite infestation before may have the misconception that these insects eat through the wood from the outside in. The reality is that the termites bore into the wood for cellulose. Therefore, they usually scavenge all the organic matter inside the wood before they bore out of it. Thus, if you have a termite infestation, chances are your timber pieces, such as wood trim and furniture, will start to sound hollow, depending on the extent of the infestation.