Photo by Mark Morgan
Termites in Trees
Termites can quite easily hollow out and kill off trees. In the photo below you can see a tree which has been slowly eaten from the inside out and now needs to be cut down, otherwise it is at risk of falling over and damaging other property. Termites can do this to tress within a matter of months.
Termites in Walls
This next photo shows the damage that a small termite infestation can cause to walls. The owner of this house has scraped back the plaster from the wooden walls to reveal the termite infestation beneath. This problem can be identified by looking for leftovers of termite trials or pathways underneath the surface of a wall. Also, take note of the white wall to the right of the damage. Notice how completely normal it looks – this goes to show that you really don’t know how bad your termite infestation is until you have looked beneath the surface.
A more serious termite problem can be seen the next photo. The termite pathways of this photo are more obvious than in the photo above but notice against how it is only once you have dug beneath the wall that you’re really able to see the true extent of the damage that has been caused.
Termite Structural Damage
All termite infestations are serious but it is the structural damage that you need to be really careful about. Seen in the photo below is an example of what termites can do once they start eating into the foundations of a house. Slowly chewing their way through the wood, eventually a termite infestation can cause a house to collapse. This can not only destroy your property but it can also injure those living within the home. In extreme cases entire house have been known to fall down or have had to be bulldozed due to the extent of the damage.
Termites In The Floor
And finally this last photo shows us some severe termite infestations that were occurring on the kitchen floor of a property. Before discovering the damage to this home the owners were thinking of placing a heavy fridge in this location. Fortunately they found out before doing so as this would have likely resulted in a collapsed floor.