5 Places to check around your house for termites


Termites are a silent destroyer of homes and properties throughout South East Queensland. Every year thousands of homes sustain millions of dollars of damage as a result of new colonies infesting walls, floors, retaining walls, roofs etc. We have even found them in a 10th floor apartment!

We thought it of great value to assist our clients and the general public by identifying areas around your home and property which termites love. By removing these conducive elements you can avoid having these critters doing substantial damage to your greatest investment.

What you are looking for:
You are unlikely to find live termites wandering around, as they are masters at hiding to keep themselves protected. You are actually looking for Termites are a silent destroyer of homes and properties throughout South East Queensland. Every year thousands of homes sustain millions of dollars of damage as a result of new colonies infesting walls, floors, retaining walls, roofs etc. We have even found them in a 10th floor apartment!

We thought it of great value to assist our clients and the general public by identifying areas around your home and property which termites love. By removing these conducive elements you can avoid having these critters doing substantial damage to your greatest investment.

What you are looking for:
You are unlikely to find live termites wandering around, as they are masters at hiding to keep themselves protected. You are actually looking for "leads" - their tunnels are made of mud that typically look inconspicuous. They are not easy to spot.

Do your own check of these 5 hot spots today:

1. Leaking water from air conditioners, exterior taps and hot water systems
Termites thrive in high moisture environments, so anywhere that water drips on the ground, it supplies termites with an essential resource. Typical locations around a modern house that create favoured conditions include dripping water from AC, hot water system overflows, broken down pipes and dripping taps.

2. Check window and door frames for softness
Inside the house, check window frames, skirting and door frames for discolouration, softness or uneven surfaces. Many a home owner has been surprised to find their vacuum cleaner head, poke through a skirting board that has been eaten inside out to only leave a layer of paint.

3. Retaining walls
"Treated" timber retaining walls in the majority will lose their treatment over time and become infested with termites who find the perfect home in the vegetation and timbers.

4. Under the house
Some homes have reasonable access under the floor and this is where our inspectors get dirty crawling to the far corners  in their quest to find termites. If you are keen, then under the house is somewhere to check, but it has to be thorough.

5. Around your outside walls.
Check the complete perimeter of your house, particularly where garden beds, vines or trees are against the house. As with all the other places to check, you are looking for mud "leads" through a weephole, crack or gaps in external walls where they have made their way into the house.

IMPORTANTLY - If you find anything suspicious:
1. Don't disturb or punch a hole
2. Take a photo
3. Send it to us
4. DON'T USE SURFACE OR INSECT SPRAY - this will only kill a few and make the others hide

REMEMBER: This list is not complete and the best way to protect your property is with regular pest and termite inspections, a barrier system and your continued vigilance.

Call CTS Termite and Pest Control on 1300 664 971 or email us an enquiry to schedule one of our trusted, qualified and experienced inspectors to come to you valuable property.


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