Termites are a common household pest, and can be found in every state in the Malaysia. They start off as wingless, soft-bodied, pinhead-sized insects. As they grow older, their bodies harden into a protective exoskeleton and their wings grow. They may have wings but they don`t fly, instead they use their wings to help them travel from tree to tree.
Since termites don`t have eyes, they do not see well and rely on touch, vibrations and smell to navigate through their environment.
Termites are the bane of the homeowner’s existence. Seriously. Those ugly little bugs don’t just damage the wood in your house and make it unsightly; they can ruin the structure of your home and make it uninhabitable. There are many signs that you can look for to identity termite damage in your house, and if you are vigilant you can catch the infestation early before it gets out of hand. But some of the telltale signs of termites can be hard to detect, and your eyes can often play tricks on you.
1. Signs of termites in your home
Termites can be a tricky pest to deal with, not only because they’re hard to spot (they’re nocturnal, and they’re tiny), but also because they cause a lot of damage before you even notice them. If you’ve noticed certain signs of termites in your home, you’re right to be worried. Termite damage can be detected by signs of tunnels, wings and droppings, but also by the presence of mud tubes and termite wings.
It’s hard to believe, but termites can cause more property damage in the United States than all other natural disasters combined. The termite is the only insect that causes so much economic loss. That’s because termites are very efficient. They’re able to digest wood, making them difficult to stop. The good news is that if you know what to look for, you can detect termites, and take steps to prevent them.
What are the signs of termites in your home?
There are many signs that lead to the question of termites in the home. For example, when you start noticing small piles of sawdust, or there is a musty odor in your house, this may be a sign of termites.
You may also notice a lot of small pinholes in the walls or the ceiling, or the paint on the walls starts to flake. When these signs present themselves, you may want to investigate further to determine whether termites are the cause.
Termite Signs Termites are small, destructive insects that live inside the wood of your home. They can eat away at your wooden deck, the stairs of your home, the support beams and the floorboards. A single termite is not very destructive. It can only eat a little bit of wood each day. However, if the termite swarm is large enough, they can do serious damage.
Cost of termite damage
Termites can be a homeowner’s nightmare, causing significant damage to wooden structures. While many homeowners worry about the cost of termite damage repair, the cost of termite damage prevention is almost always less.
In Malaysia, the cost of termite infestations is significant. Some sources estimate that costs Malaysia homeowners over RM40 million each year. Since it’s not a problem that’s going away, it’s a smart idea to educate yourself about how much termites cost and what you can do to prevent damage.
How to prevent termite damage
As a pest control expert, I get asked the question, “How can I prevent termite damage?” on a regular basis. And while there is no guaranteed way to stop termites from eventually attacking, there are some things you can do to protect your home from termites. Termites are attracted to wood and other cellulose materials. In fact, they are so attracted to these materials that they would actually rather eat wood than anything else. If you have wood in your house, termites will most likely attack it. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to rip out all of your wood and replace it with something else. You just need to take a few precautions to keep termites away.
- The first thing you can do to help prevent termites is to make sure your house is properly sealed.
- Make sure there are no cracks or holes in your home.
- You can also inspect your home for termite damage. Look for wood that is soft or that has small holes in it.
Unfortunately, there is no universal way of determining whether your home has termites. The only way to be sure is to have a professional pest control conduct a thorough inspection. However, there are some telltale signs that indicate if you likely have them. As a general rule, termites favor to eat cellulose-based materials, such as wood. Therefore, if you see damage on wood structures, such as columns, doors, floorboards and floor joists, it is likely due to termites. They also typically favor wood with high moisture content, such as rotting wood that is a result of foundation or plumbing leaks.