Identifying termite galleries.

Evidence of termite damage is often visible before significant damage is done, obviously this depends on the type of timber, structure and termites that are infesting the property, however, with some familiarisation, you'll be able to pick up termite damage, hopefully before too much damage is done. 😊

Evidence of termite activity is clearly visible due to the mudding behind the studs and top plates of this cottage. 

Evidence of termite activity is clearly visible due to the mudding behind the studs and top plates of this cottage. 

You can clearly see how the termites have made it all the way to the roof trusses.

You can clearly see how the termites have made it all the way to the roof trusses.

Although the mud gallery has been removed (this damage was done years before) you can clearly see the signs of termite damage. This spotting and staining on the surface are signs of termite activity, although it has not caused any structural damage to the timber. 

Although the mud gallery has been removed (this damage was done years before) you can clearly see the signs of termite damage. This spotting and staining on the surface are signs of termite activity, although it has not caused any structural damage to the timber. 

As you can see, if you become familiar with signs of termite activity, you have the knowledge of being able to detect activity yourself before too much damage occurs. Whilst we always recommend you get an insured professional to do a termite inspection in accord with AS3660 at least every 12 Months, it's great to have this knowledge as you might just pick up the evidence before your next inspection was due....