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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

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney
Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

Congratulations you made the first step on purchasing that dream home or investment property. But what do you need to do to make sure that you are protected when it comes to purchasing that property?

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney
Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney
Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

 

What is the first step that buyers must do?

 

First step that buyers must do is a pre-purchase inspection. This inspection is a must if you want to avoid buying a house riddled with termites, wood rot and many other issues.

 

So what Does Redline Pest Control have to offer when it comes to your Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney?

 

  • Fully licensed and insured with public liability.
  • 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
  • Technicians who are highly trained to pick up the smallest inconsistencies on or around your property.
  • A service which is not only of the highest standard but a professional approach to speak to you in a way that you will understand.
  • Competitive prices.

 

What are you looking for in a Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney?

 

Redline Pest Control technician conducts a pre-purchase inspection he is looking for any termites, termite workings, borers, borer’s damage, wood rot, ventilation issues, poor drainage, high risk areas for termites and structural damage.

 

How do you conduct a Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney?

 

  • Inspect interior walls, skirtings and staircases.
  • Inspect roof void, subfloor, outbuilding and external areas.
  • Tapping of timbers and use of a moisture meter to see if there is any internal areas that look out of the norm.

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney
Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

 

Once the inspection has been done what do I get so I know the inspection has been carried out?

 

  • Full inspection report outlining any issues that we may of found.
  • Report includes high definition photos of any issues.
  • Free no obligation quote to fix any issues regarding termites or if you need a termite prevention barrier.
  • Advise you of things which need to be removed from the property such a sleepers, timbers, logs, wood chippings and various other items as it very well could attract termites.

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney
Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

Further Reading:

Man warns others to get a pre-purchase inspection (courtesy of channel 9

Termite Inspections

Termite Treatments

Is Your Home Protected By Termites?

Types of Termites

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

 

Why is it so important to have a termite inspection on your home?

 

 

For anyone who has either just bought their home or that has owned their home for a while now needs to know just how important a termite inspection is on your home.

 

 

First and foremost, when is a good time to have a termite inspection done on your home?

 

 

I always advise our clients that by Australian standards if you are in an area that is bushy or that is well known to have termites have an inspection every 6 to 12 months. If your area is not bushy you can have an inspection every 12 months.

 

 

What can happen if I don’t have a termite inspection?

 

 

A lot can happen such as extensive termite damage that can lead into the thousands or even worse your home will have to be demolished. Unfortunately no insurance companies cover the cost for termite damage and unless you have very deep pockets I would highly recommend that an inspection is vital for your home.

 

 

What can I do to reduce the risk of termites coming and setting up home at my house?

 

 

There are a number of things you can do to help reduce the risk of termites.

 

 

  • Keep a well ventilated subfloor and roof void as termites love moisture and humidity.
  • Fix leaking pipes and taps as you don’t want a water source for the termites.
  • Remove any wood debris such as wood chippings, sleepers, tree stumps etc.
  • Do mini inspections on your home to see if there is anything out of the ordinary.
  • Have regular termite inspections.

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

What are some signs that I have termites?

 

 

  • Mud particles protruding through the gyprock fibro or any other timbers in or around your home. Mud tunnels are created by termite faeces.
  • When your timbers have a warp or hollow shape to it.
  • When your walls or ceilings paint start to blister.
  • When your floors or ceilings start to sag.
  • If you have power outage due to termites eating through the electrical cables.

 

 

Redline Pest Control
Redline Pest Control

 

 

What should you do if you find active termites on your premises?

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

Please under no circumstances do not disturb them. Disturbing them only moves them from where you found them making it hard for any pest technician to pinpoint where they have moved to.

 

You see you may have found termites on one section of your premises but in reality that could be a sub nest and that the actual nest that the queen ls in could be on a neighbouring property.  Now if you have disturbed them how are we going to treat the termites if we can’t see the termites? Yes sure we can treat that area that you saw the termites but that would not fix the issue that you have.

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Redline Pest Control
Redline Pest Control
Redline Pest Control
Redline Pest Control

 

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