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

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

 

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

 

Unfortunately over the past few months we have been going out to homes across Sydney with extensive termite damage and high volumes of termites eating their homes away.

 

It is very unfortunate that termites will attack one in four homes but what does that mean for you and are you that one home that will be attacked by termites?

 

It is by Australian Standards that each home owner or property investor is responsible to have a termite inspection done every 12 months and if you are in a bushy area it will be 6 months.

 

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

 

It is also up to the home owner or property investor to make sure that they have an appropriate termite management system put into place.

 

So what are somethings you can do around your home that will help minimise the risk of termites making your home their home?

 

Regular termite inspections is a mustTermite management system put into placeRemove any timbers which are in subfloorRemove any wood chippings in your landscapingFix any leaking pipes and drains in and around your home
Replace or repair any damage to shingles, fascia and soffitsRemove any timber landscaping post or logs.

 

Reduce humidity in subfloor by installing a crossflow ventilation fanDivert water sources away from home

 

Remove any dead stumps or trees

 

Seal cracks and crevices in and around homePruning of bushes and heavy foliage is a mustGet a ladder and check your gutters and remove any left, twigs and debris that maybe in your guttersRemove any moisture in and around your homeCheck for any changes in and around your home
Water overflow pipes and air-conditioning pipes are directed away from your homeFirewood and untreated timber be removed from your premises

 

 

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

 

If you have found termites in or around your home please do not disturb them as by disturbing the termites will cause the termites to move to another location in your home making it harder for the termite technician to ascertain how bad the termite infestation is in your home and what treatment is right for you.

 

Further Reading:

Termite Control Sydney

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

Termites In Kellyville

Why choose Redline Pest Control for your pest and termite services?

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

Termite Control Sydney

Termite Control Sydney

 

Termite Control Sydney
Termite Control Sydney

 

Termites have a specific role in their colony and are separated into three groups:

 

Reproductives

 

  • Queen – can live up to 50 years and pump out millions of baby termites. She will never leave the colony
  • King – his job is to fertilise the queen and will not leave the colony except at the start of the colony
  • Alates – will form their wings and when the perfect conditions arise they will leave the colony to form new colonies. This is usually when the humidity is just right

 

Soldiers – they are the front line when it comes to an attack of some sought.

 

Workers – will carry out all work which is needed such as building the colony and will distribute food.

 

There are three groups that classify termites.
  • Subterranean – will usually build their colony underground, under patios and base of trees. Will build mud leads and underground tunnels.
  • Dampwood – will usually build their colonies in timber landscaping, damp subfloors or damp wood.
  • Drywood – will usually be found in tropical climates, will nest in drywood and does not need ground contact.

 

There is two different shaped heads in termites which are:
  • Mandibulate head
  • Nasute head

 

AppearanceTermitesAnts
Body segmentsTwo segmentsThree segments
AntennaeVery straight beaded antennaeAntennae’s are elbowed
EyesBlind except AlatesCompounded eyes
ColourCreamy whiteBlack and reddish brown
WingsEqual length wingsOne wing longer than the other

 

 

Further Reading:

Termite Control Sydney

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

Termite High Risk Map Of Australia

Is your home protected from Termites?

Subterranean Termites

Dampwood Termites

Drywood Termites

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.

 

 

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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?
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More information on 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

 

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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