A Termite Inspection – What Does It Cover?
If you are wondering about a termite inspection – what does it cover? You would be well advised to carefully read the following article.
Termites eat the wooden structure of your house which will keep many thousands possibly even millions of termites nesting in close proximity well fed for a lengthy period of time. Unfortunately, this can and will cause severe structural damage to your home and could in fact completely destroy it and that is no exaggeration. So, requesting the services of a Termite inspection specialist to carry out a full termite inspection may be a very smart move on your part. A properly designed and implemented termite barrier is an absolute must in the majority of cases we come across in our inspections.
What can you expect during a termite treatment inspection?
In simple terms a termite treatment is a visual inspection of all accessible areas of your property to determine if there is any activity from timber destroying bugs or organisms. The inspection should take in the whole building, inside and out and should include any basements and any areas of crawlspace. The garden landscape including close by trees, wooden fences and buildings such as sheds etc. should all be covered in the full termite inspection. The whole procedure should only take approximately 45 minutes, but it could save you thousands of dollars.
FACT:- Did you realise that your house insurance policy will NOT cover you against termite damage?
Carrying out a termite inspection in the attic of a house might seem a bit unnecessary considering termites are usually found underground and this will go a long way to ensuring adequate termite protection. This is because along with looking for termite activity the inspector is also looking for evidence of any other pests such as carpenter ants and beetles which will also destroy the wood in and around a property. If Dry-wood termites are a known threat in your area the inspector will be extra vigilant, looking for dry-wood termite pellets (faecal matter) which can usually be located on surfaces and stuck in spiders webs.
Be aware – don’t be fooled into thinking because you live in an area where the temperatures can drop. Living in a sub tropical climate like the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane Qld is the ideal conditions for termite colonies to thrive and multiply. In addition, termites don’t advertise the fact that they are invading and eating the framework of your home. These tiny home wreckers are very secretive, moving in silence through underground tunnels and inside the wood. It is not unknown for them to completely demolished much of the timber from the inside long before you have any idea that there is potentially a problem. For this reason if your area is prone to termite infestations possibly spending a few dollars each year to have a full termite inspection carried out periodically would be money well spent.
You May Require A Termite Barrier
Having said that, vigilance on your part is also invaluable, it is very unlikely that you will come across termites wandering round your basement but, if you are very vigilant you might find subtle signs of their presence. Termite droppings are often the first clue. These look similar to grains of sand or sawdust scattered around. They vary in colour from brown to beige (depending on the type of wood the termites have eaten!) You may of course discover more evidence of direct timber damage in the form of a structure resembling a hollow beehive, or you may find that when you knock on wooden posts they sound hollow.
Regardless of whether you are sure you have a flying termites, termite problem and require termite protection, think you may have a termite problem or are concerned that other homes in your neighbourhood have termite problems getting a full termite inspection carried out is the only way to be certain. A qualified termite inspection specialist should provide you will a full detailed report of your termite problem and a clear treatment plan to eradicate them.
More information can be found here https://www.pestcontrol.org.au/termite-control.html