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SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!
SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

 

Whether you have just bought your dream home, have an investment property or you’ve been in your home for a lifetime it is important to always have termite’s inspection done on your property. Inspections by Australian Standards is every twelve months or if you are in a bushy area than inspections are every six months.

 

In between inspections there are little inspection routines you can do to reduce the risk of termites making your home their new home.

 

What are steps that you can do in or around your home to reduce the risk factor of termites eating through your biggest investment.

 

  • Do mini inspections and check for any changes in and around your home.
  • Go around your premises and remove any timber landscaping post and sleepers.
  • Remove timbers and other debris that are in your subfloor.
  • Seal any cracks and crevices in and around your home.
  • Fix any leaking pipes in and around your home.
  • Remove any wood chippings in your landscaping area.
  • If you have a section for firewood or untreated timber I highly recommend that the firewood and untreated timber be removed from your premises.
  • Divert any water sources away from your home.
  • Reduce humidity in your subfloor by installing a crossflow ventilation fan.
  • Pruning of bushes and heavy foliage around your home.
  • Get a ladder and check your gutters and remove any debris that maybe in your gutters.
  • Remove any dead tree stumps or old diseased trees from your premises.
  • Make sure that any water overflow pipes and air-conditioning pipes are directed away from your home.
  • Remove any moisture in and around your home, there are special machines such as a dehumidifier that works great.
  • Replace or repair damage shingles, fascia, and soffits.

 

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

Please note that if you have found termites do not disturb them as by disturbing the termites will cause the termites to move underground and pop up in a new location in your home making it harder for the termite technician to ascertain how bad the termite infestation is in your home and possibly won’t be able to get a termite colony.

 

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!
SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

What are some of the signs that you can look out for when It comes to termites in and around your home?

 

  • Mud leads protruding through fibro, gyprock, and other timbres in and around your home.
  • Blistering of paint or plaster from your walls or ceiling.
  • Mud tunnels coming from subfloors up the through cracks and crevices.
  • Floors and ceilings are sagging.
  • Timbers appear to be hollow.
  • Fine dust where there is wood panelling.
  • Power failure.
  • Termite mounds that appear to look like ant mounds.
  • Decaying trees that have been eaten by termites.

 

What does Redline Pest Control do when carrying out a termite inspection on your home?

 

When a Redline Pest Control comes to your home he will spend some time with you asking you questions before he carries out the inspection. Communication is very vital for us as we love to build a report with our clients.

 

A termite inspection is a visual inspection for evidence of wood-destroying insects such as termites or could even be borers.

 

 

Redline Pest Control technician will visually inspect your entire your home including entering any sub-floors, basements and roof voids and external perimeter of your property. 

 

 

How long does a termite inspection take?  

 

The average time it would take to perform a termite inspection is approximately one to two hours depending on the size of your premises.

 

Can termites still active in colder climates?  

 

Yes, termites are still active in cold weather, it does not kill them but it does slow them down.

 

Could there be hidden termite damage to my property? 

 

 

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!
SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

Yes, one of the main characteristics of termites is their ability to avoid bright lights and open air. This means they will stay underground or within wood products as open air and light will kill them.

 

Unfortunately, it is impossible for a Redline Pest Control technician to visually identify or locate any active termites just by looking around your property.

 

Your Redline Pest Control technician will go around your premises with a donger and will tap all timbers, door jams, skirting boards, and architraves to listen out for any hollowness or if it breaks away due to termites. Each time a Redline Pest Control technician taps these surfaces he will hear noises and will be able to ascertain just by sound if there is something behind where he taps.

 

Redline Pest Control will use other devices to ensure that we get the most out of your termite inspection.

 

Moisture meters will determine if there are high levels of moisture behind wall cavities. Unfortunately, when you have termites they will bring moisture to any wood which is behind your walls or windowsills.

 

Termatrac T3i is a machine your technician will use in your home when conducting a termite inspection.

 

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!
SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

Your Redline Pest Control technician pairs the Termatrac T3i with his phone and will place the Termatrac T3i to the surface of walls to ascertain whether there is activity behind the wall. If there is activity behind the wall the Termatrac T3i will indicate this by the increase of heat and humidity in that area. Once the Termatrac T3i has picked up the heat and moisture he will than press a button on his device which will switch over to radar mode which will then show a graph with the level of activity of any termite’s present.

 

Once your termite inspection has been completed your technician will advise you of any termites found or what you could do to reduce the risk of termites in and around your home. Your technician will come back to the office and prepare your report with any quotes to either eradicate termites or by installing a termite prevention barrier to your premises.

 

Further Reading:

What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home

Eradicate Pests And Termites With Pest And Termite Control Service Parramatta

Is your home protected from Termites?

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

What is an Alate?

 

The word Alate refers to pest that is of a form of a social insect.

 

These can refer to Termite, Ants, Thrips and Aphids.

 

Females are often referred to queens or Gynes and the males are often referred to kings or drones.

 

In the past few days Termite Alates have taken flight across Sydney.  This happens when there has been abundance of rain and then high humidity and heat. Alates are poor flyers with their wings being very fragile and often breaking away from their body. A female Alate will attempt to attract a male Alate when they have settled from their flight in order to make their own colony and will reproduce.

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

So what does that mean for homeowners across Sydney?

 

Sydneysiders are now at risk of termites potentially setting up house in their place of home or business.

 

No one wants to think that their home or business could be damaged by termites and let alone these days with the economy rising who can afford all the repairs that come with termites and the damage that they can cause.

 

So what can you do to prepare for termites?

 

By Australian standards it is recommended that each premises has a prevention barrier and regular termite inspections. For homes in really bushy areas the CSIRO recommends that you have 6 monthly termite inspections and for areas that are not so busy every 12 months.

 

Map supplied by CSIRO Australia.
Map supplied by CSIRO Australia.

 

Below is something you can do to reduce the risk of termites attacking your premises.

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

  • Remove all debris from your subfloor and external areas
  • Remove bark and wood chippings
  • Remove any logs and sleepers
  • Replace of wooden fences that have wood rot in them
  • Hot water tank overflow pipe will need to be drained further away from your premises
  • Ventilation system will need to be put in place for those who have subfloors with high humidity as dark, damp and moist environments are a dream come true for termites
  • Do mini inspections on your premises, go around check to see if anything looks abnormal like timbers warping, paint bubbling or blistering, saw dust like material, changes in the colour of paint, cracks that may appear, water leaks and mud particles or mud leads.

 

Unfortunately Sydney homeowners are often unaware of termites chewing through their premises until it is either too late as their house has significant damage or their premises collapsed to the ground.

 

I know that I am always saying in my blogs, across social media or even to our clients on the phone how vital it is to have regular termite inspections done and a prevention barrier put into place as your homeowners insurance company will not pay you out if termites attack your premises if this has not been done.

 

I often say that homeowners and investors get the raw end of the banana as not only do they have to worry about mortgage repayments, day to day living and if you have kids their activities but you also have to worry about protecting your biggest investment you will ever have against termites.

 

Further Reading For Termites:

Is your home protected from termites

Subterranean termites

Drywood Termites

Dampwood Termites

Termites in Kellyville

Termites Castle Hill

Is it important to  have a termite inspection

Termite Services

 

Termites Sydney

Termites In Kellyville

Is your home protected from Termites?

 

Is your home protected from Termites

 

Is your home protected from Termites
Is your home protected from Termites

 

Is your home protected from Termites?

 

 

We all know that our homes are our biggest investment and finding out that our humble abode has termites would shake anybody to the core.

 

Unfortunately your insurance company will not pay you out if you have termite damage to your home or even worse if your home falls downs due to termite damage.

 

What do Termites Look like?

 

People often confuse Termites and Ants as being the same but they are nowhere remotely similar. Did you know that Termites are actually related to cockroaches yep that’s right they are related.

 

Subterranean Termites:

 

• Queen Termite: pale yellow-brown to black, queen will live up to 25 years and is solely confined to one place as she reproduces for the colony.
• Alates: darkish brown to black in colour with two long wings that are equal in length, roughly half an inch.
• Workers: creamish whitish colour with no wings and less than half an inch.
• Soldiers: creamish whitish colour with a brownish colour head, no wings, large jaws, they are the colony defender.

 

Drywood Termites:

 

• Queen Termite: brownish to creamish colour, queen will live up to 45 years and is solely confined to one place as she reproduces for the colony.
• Alates: darkish brown to black in colour with two long wings that are equal in length, roughly half an inch.
• Workers: creamish whitish colour with no wings and less than half an inch.
• Soldiers: creamish whitish colour with a brownish colour head, no wings, large jaws, they are the colony defender.

 

Dampwood Termites:

 

• A Pair of Winged Termites will find a nice damp chamber and will reproduce a few eggs the first year and is known for their small colonies. In some cases Dampwood Termites can build larger colonies if the conditions are right.
• There is no king or queen in Dampwood Termites.
• There are no Dampwood Termite workers only soldiers and alates.
• Nymph Termites do all the work that would have been done by worker.
• Brownish creamish in colour with a large head with pincers protruding from it.

 

What are the signs of Termites?

 

For many home owners unfortunately we all are unaware that our homes has Termites until they we have a Termite Inspection or before we start to see damage on our home. How can we be more proactive in saving our home from the devastating damage which Termites leave behind?

 

Signs of Termites

 

Most homeowners with termites don’t even realise they have termites until they start seeing the damage.
What can you do is little inspections around your property and look for any irregular signs and if something doesn’t look the same whether is warped out of shape or there is mud like substances. Here are a few signs that will help with your mini inspections:

 

• Mud looking material on wooden surfaces. When termites eat a hole through an exterior wall what they will do is patch it up with their faeces and dirt. This is called mud-leads and will have the appearance of mud like substance.
• Look out for any winged termites or discarded long wings. When Termites swarm this means that they are looking for a new home for the king and queen to mate. This usually happens in warmer months after it has rained as the humidity in the air makes it ideal for Termites to mate.
• When doing your inspection look out for mud leads around the exterior of your home and in sub-floors. Any timbers which have warped, breaks when lightly poked and any saw dust like substances.
• If you have found Termites or their workings please do not spray or disturb them as by doing this will only cause the termites to move to a new location making it harder to find.
• Check moist, dark places in your home by looking for powder that looks like sawdust, Holes in wood’s surface, Paint bubbles, Holes in wood’s surface, Hollow-sounding wood and visible Termites.

 

What do I do if I found Termites?

 

• Do not attempt to get rid of them by spraying, burning or any other method of treatment which is not done by a qualified pest controller as by disturbing the Termites will only make it hard for the technician to find the Termite nest where the Queen is.
• Call a professional pest controller, make sure he is fully licensed and that he is qualified to eradicate Termites as there is a lot of people out there that is not licensed or qualified.
• Get a few quotes from different pest controllers. Remember going on the cheap side could end up costing you thousands and even your home if the treatment is not done correctly.
• Make sure the pest controller provides you with paperwork that he has done the treatment and if a full barrier has been put in to place than a durable notice in the meter box.

 

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Here are some pictures below that shows you different termites and the their habitat.

 

 

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Further reading on Termites

 

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