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 fortermite 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.
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.
What should you do if you find active termites on your premises?
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.
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 termitedamage 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
Is your home protected from Termites
Here are some pictures below that shows you different termites and the their habitat.