Termite inspection is the foundation to an effective termite management program. It is also the essential component in understanding the construction style, accessibility, landscaping and climatic conditions within the building. All these elements are critical, not only for termites establishing themselves, but also in deciding on the most appropriate treatment that should be undertaken.
The frequency at which termite inspections should be carried out will depend on few factors. But it must be said at least on an annual basis, that is if your property is at low risk to a termite attack. Unfortunately the majority of houses are at moderate to high risk. If your house falls into this category 6 monthly termite inspections are recommended. There are also many other reasons that can influence the frequency at which termite inspections should be carried out. Some of them are: location, previous termite history and age of the building. In many homes 3 monthly termite inspections are not uncommon.
Depending on the size of the property, a termite inspection will take approximately 2 hours. It is also important to note the person carrying out your termite inspections has the knowledge, experience and the right equipment for the job.
There are three types of termite inspection
A routine termite inspection is, as the name implies, an examination that you should have once every year at a minimum when you already own the property. Many homes in Sydney are at a higher risk for a termite infestation and should have an inspection every six months instead. By having these done regularly, you will know if there are termites in your house, thereby reducing the chances for a potential damage. The cost of having these inspections performed regularly is significantly less than the expense of having to replace the damage caused by an established termite colony.
During this inspection, a professional inspector will come to your home and look for signs of termites. This inspection is comprehensive. Termites don’t like open spaces with ventilation. Instead, they prefer dark hiding spots. As such, the inspector will need to check every corner of your roof, under the house area as well as the interior, and exterior of your home. They’ll be looking for any sign of termites. Wood damage and tunnels are clear indicators of a termite infestation.
The total time for the inspection takes about two hours for an average house. In the end, you will know what termites you have and what the recommended course of action would be to discourage termites and eliminate them if needed.
When you are thinking of purchasing a new house, you should have a termite inspection before committing to buy. While a home might look fine during your initial visit, there could be substantial damage that is unseen. That freshly painted wall might be hollow due to termite damage. The only thing that might be holding it up is the coats of paint! Unless you know where to look and spend lots of time in the home, there’s just no way to spot termite damage as a potential buyer.
Technology has enhanced all facets of life and termite detection work is no different. Termites are difficult to spot at best. They are not running across the floor or hiding in corners like other comment pests. Instead, under cover termites are working consistently to destroy timber beams above ceilings or behind walls. In fact termites can be so well-hidden that it makes them impossible to see.
Fortunately, thermal technology can expose those hidden out of sight invisible critters and will allow you to be much more certain about the termite situation in your home.