Have you seen any signs of termite damage in your home? If so, it’s important to investigate and find out if there is an active termite nest on your property. But what does a termite nest look like? Keep reading to find out.

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A Small Mound Of Dirt Or Mud

Termites are small, pale-brown insects with antennas and six legs. They measure roughly 7mm-1cm long and look a little bit like wingless ants.

A termite nest can be a massive problem for homeowners. Termites live in colonies of thousands and form intricate underground tunnels, which are usually hidden from sight. Nests can be located both inside and outside your home and must be treated immediately. Look out for the following signs:


  • A mud mound, with a flat top and a pointed end. The mound will be made of tiny bits of soil and fungus, likely to measure up to 60cm in height, varying in sizes in direct proportion to the size of the termite colony it houses. Some mounds may have blended into their surrounding environment.
  • Thin trails of mud in the soil.
  • Mud tubes on walls, near your foundation or on trees.


Homeowners should be on the lookout for termite nests around their property, as these pests can cause serious damage if left unchecked.


  • Small dirt or mud mounds with recognisable tunnels leading into them.
  • Small piles of frass (termite droppings) that resemble sawdust around floorboards, door frames or windowsills.
  • Damaged or hollow-sounding wood.
  • Mazes or ‘scribbles’ on wooden walls or ceilings.
  • Discarded wings near windows or doors.
  • Mud tubes around support beams.
  • Muddy trails on walls or around baseboards.
  • Bubbling paint or wallpaper.


It is advisable that you monitor your property for signs of termite activity and take appropriate measures if detected. If you suspect you have a problem with termites, contact a pest management specialist right away to review the situation and begin treatment if necessary.

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What Happens If I Ignore The Termites?

Termites are silent home invaders that can cause serious damage to structures. When left unchecked, they can quickly weaken the foundation of a home or building, leading to costly repair bills.


That’s why it’s important to take swift action when detecting termite activity. Exterminating them sooner rather than later is key to keeping your property safe from destruction. 

How Do I Prevent Termites From Coming Back?

Taking a preventative approach is essential in controlling future infestations and minimising damage caused by termites. To ensure a successful long-term protection plan, identify areas of risk such as:

  • Potential access points
  • Nearby sources of food or water
  • Structural vulnerabilities 

You can go one step further to mitigate the risk of termites by:

  • Eliminating moisture through proper site grading and landscaping
  • Ensuring adequate ventilation within your home
  • Maintaining dry conditions in crawl spaces
  • Sealing cracks or crevices in perimeter walls or floors
  • Regularly checking for swarms to help detect early signs of an existing infestation 

I Think I Have Termites – What Do I Do?

If you think your home might have a termite infestation, it’s important to call a professional for help. Early detection and treatment of termite activity can make all the difference in the long run—saving you not only money but also protecting your property. A licensed specialist can provide an accurate assessment of the situation and evaluate any potential damage already caused by these destructive pests.


At A2Z Services, we offer specialist treatments to solve your termite problems in Alice Springs, Tully & Innisfail. We can also assist with preventing re-infestation in your home or yard with our cleaning and gardening services. With regular maintenance, we can catch any signs of termites on or around your property before they get the chance to take hold. To request a quote, contact us via our website or give us a call on 1300 229 476 today.