Termites are very difficult to locate as they only require a 1mm gap to gain access and will live in concealed areas of the home. In Australia, damages from termites are generally not covered by the normal home protection insurance. Because these pests are difficult to locate and it being a difficult process, inspections need to be carried out by our professional technicians who have extensive training and the right tools that are necessary, along with all the experience required to find termites.
Our technicians will carry out a thorough property inspection and inform you of the particular termite species infesting your home and what will be the most effective termite control method. We will provide you with a full written proposal for the eradication and future control of the termites.
Termites can live quite a long time without food but will die very quickly without moisture, that’s why they continually search in large numbers for moisture and are attracted to houses where the soil is consistently moist such as leaking taps, air conditioning drainage or irrigated garden beds, along with concealed areas around the home such as cavity walls, under baths or bathroom cabinets, damp walls from leaking shower recesses and other wet areas.
Signs of a termite infestation
There are some signs you can look out for when determining if you have a termite infestation:
- Amounts of dried mud in the joins of door or window architraves.
- Mud trails leading up the sides of buildings.
- Damp areas or moisture stains on walls.
- Blistering on door or window architrave, or skirting boards.
- Soft floor boards.
- Faint tapping or chewing noises behind plaster walls.
- Power failures and build up of earthy materials around power points.
- Throughout the spring and autumn season you may witness large swarms of “flying black ants” which are termite alates being released from the nest. This is strong indication termite colonies are present.
Termites can damage homes quickly and in most cases their activities are gone unnoticed causing significant problems to home owners damaging up to 34,000 Australian homes every year, with an average repair bill of $10,000 or more which may not be covered by home and contents insurance.
Termite inspection process & what's involved
Timber termite inspections
These are the actions Termiticidal technicians will take to uncover your termite infestation:
- Inspect all buildings, structures, and attachments containing timber and cellulose.
- Inspect timber fences, decks, pergolas, and outbuildings.
- Inspect all trees and landscape timbers on the property.
- Moisture metre
- Provide recommendations, advice, a detailed treatment program, and quotation.
Thermal imaging camera
- Detective tool used to detect hot spots inside walls.
- A thermal camera allows inspectors to scan buildings quickly, and scan areas that are out of reach such as high ceilings.
- For suitable resolution, detecting even minor temperature differences that FLIR thermal imaging cameras are ideally designed to detect termites or issues caused by termites, leaks, moisture issues, rodents or insulation anomalies.
Annual termite inspections are essential for early detection of termite activity on the property to prevent the potential for large scale damage and expensive repairs. After a full inspection inside and outside of your property has been completed, the technicians will provide you with a recommendation on the best solution for your termite problem.
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