INVASION

You seldom see termites, but in the warmer weather between May to October, you may see swarming winged reproductives.  Swarming is the primary way the termite naturally spreads.  In warmer, damp or rainy evenings and between May to October, thousands of winged termites can be seen around the lights in or around houses.  After a short flight, the winged termites land on the ground and drop their wings.  Most of the swarmers are eaten by geckos, spiders and other predators or die from dehydration.  Fortunately, very few of the pairs survive finding the right conditions combining food, moisture and shelter to start new colonies.

Termites also live in colonies underground.  Termites can enter your house/bungalow from the foundation through cracks in concrete, expansion joints, concrete blocks or through spaces around plumbing.  They can find their way into a structure through an opening as small as 1/32 of an inch.  Even buildings with steel framing and masonry walls are targets because of the wooden door frames, doors, cabinets and floor boards within the building.

The Damage Is In The Dark

Termites don’t work in the light.  Usually they eat the inside of woods.  There will be little or no external evidence of attack.  The indications of an infestation are a sagging or springy wooden floor board, the woodwork sound hollow when tapped, excavation of wooden floor boards or door frames leaving a thin outside layer of wood intact, short circuit, presence of termite’s mud tube in dark corner or floor-wall junction.  When these happened, the infestation could be already reached major degree.