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Common Signs of Termite Infestation

Termi home & commercial February 28, 2024 · 10 min read
Blog Common Signs of Termite Infestation

Termites are often referred to as “silent destroyers,” as they can wreak havoc on homes and properties without the homeowner knowing until it’s too late. 

In Australia, where favourable environmental conditions help support the existence of termites, identifying signs of termite infestation is crucial for early intervention and damage prevention. Let’s explore some common indicators of termite presence.

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Mud Tubes

One of the telltale signs of termite activity is the presence of mud tubes, also known as shelter tubes. These pencil-sized tunnels are constructed by termites for protection as they travel between their nests and food sources.

Hollow-sounding Wood

Termites consume wood from the inside out, leaving a thin veneer of timber or paint on the surface. When tapping or knocking on infested wood, it may produce a hollow sound that could indicate internal damage by termites.

Discovering Discarded Wings

During swarming season, reproductive termites shed their wings after establishing new colonies. Finding discarded wings near windowsills, doors or light fixtures suggests the presence of a termite colony nearby.

Frass or Termite Droppings

Termite droppings, known as frass, resemble tiny wood-coloured pellets and are often found near infested areas. Accumulation of frass may indicate an active termite infestation on your property.

Tight-fitting Doors and Windows

As termites consume wood, they can cause structural changes that result in doors and windows becoming difficult to open or close. If you notice tight-fitting doors or windows, it could be a sign of termite damage.


Awareness of the signs of termite infestation in Australia is crucial for protecting your home and property from costly termite damage. By recognising these common indicators of termite damage, you can identify it before it becomes an irreversible problem that could cost you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do termites enter homes?

A. Termites can enter homes through cracks in your concrete slab, gaps around your utilities that come through your slab, or by termites building mud tubes from the soil to a wooden structure.

Q. What do termites eat?

A. Termites primarily feed on cellulose found in wood and plant materials. They can also consume paper, cardboard, and other cellulose-rich materials commonly found in homes and buildings.

Q. What should I do if I suspect termite activity in my home?

A. If you suspect termite activity, it’s essential to contact a licensed pest control professional for a thorough inspection and appropriate treatment recommendations.