Termite holes, also known as kick-out holes or exit holes, are small openings that termites create as part of their foraging or swarming activities. Here are some characteristics of termite holes:

  • Size: Termite holes are typically very small and can vary in size depending on the termite species. They are usually less than 1/8 inch in diameter, often ranging from pinhead size to a few millimeters in diameter. The size can also depend on the maturity of the termite colony and the purpose of the hole.
  • Shape: Termite holes are generally round or oval-shaped. They may appear as clean, smooth openings in wood or other materials, indicating the precise work of termites. The edges of the hole may be slightly rough or irregular.
  • Location: Termite holes can be found in various locations depending on the type of termite and their nesting habits. Subterranean termites, which are common in Melbourne, typically build their nests in the soil and construct mud tubes to access above-ground food sources. In this case, termite holes may be found in the soil or in structures where the termites have penetrated through the wood.
  • Evidence of Activity: Termite holes may have other signs of termite activity associated with them. These can include the presence of termite mud tubes, frass (termite droppings), or discarded wings near the openings. These signs help differentiate termite holes from other types of openings or damage.

It’s important to note that termite holes may not always be visible as termites often conceal their entry points or repair them with mud or other materials. If you suspect termite activity or observe potential termite holes, it is recommended to consult a licensed pest control professional for a thorough inspection. They can accurately identify termite activity, assess the extent of the infestation, and provide appropriate treatment options if necessary. If you are unsure reach out to the team at Professional Termite Control Melbourne for a termite inspection today.