Protecting your Home Against Termites
A termite inspection is the first step as part of an ongoing termite management system.
Every year many buildings in Australia are damaged by subterranean termites (commonly but incorrectly called white ants) or other timber pests. Persons who wish to purchase or maintain a property that includes timber structures may require advice to determine whether the building is at risk or has been damaged by pests.
An effective termite inspection should include a thorough inspection of the property and all buildings inside and out including roof and ceiling voids, identification of excessive moisture including areas conducive to termite attack such as wood to earth contact and sloping soil levels. A comprehensive written report should always be provided with expert advice and verbal explanation. Our termite inspections also include an additional Termatrac®T3i report on hidden areas to make sure that you are not sharing your home with termites or other pests. View more info on Termatrac®T3i here.
Many people fail to realise, until it’s too late, the extensive amounts of damage that termites cause to modern homes. Since they remain concealed in the wood, and enter your home through underground leads, it is often not until the damage is extensive, and timbers collapse, that you realise you have a problem.
Studies have revealed that on average 1 in every 5 homes are attacked at some stage during their lives by this ruinous insect. In some cases it can be as high a 1 in 3. Clearly it is important to take every action possible to prevent their menace.
The most commonly encountered termites are subterranean termites. Living in large underground nests they travel through the soil and then build mud tunnels to gain access to the timber in your home. Once inside, the worker termites chew up the timber to feed the nest. This frequently leaves timbers hollow inside and structurally unsound.
Don’t leave it until it’s too late – book your termite inspection now and why not combine this with your annual pest control treatment to receive a discount.