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You have likely read or seen horror stories of damage caused by termites. Wood becomes hollow. Houses can suffer structural integrity issues. Within a short span of time, termites can cause roofs to bend, floorboards to buckle, and holes in the walls. Unfortunately for homeowners, by the time termite damage becomes visible, there is often a massive infestation. Since these pests are residing in your home’s wood and using it for food, they’re not readily apparent – just as you cannot see the wood beams supporting your walls and ceilings.

Termite damage to roof timbers

Termite damage to roof timbers

Termite damage to roof timbers

Termite damage to roof timbers

Termite damage to roof timbers

Termite damage to roof timbers

Avoid Extensive Termite Damage With a Regular Inspection

Your house is your biggest asset, unfortunately it can also be a major food source for termites. These unwanted visitors can cause substantial damage to your property resulting in stress and financial losses. It stems from the fact that termites have a ferocious appetite for timber, paper, furniture and any other product that contain cellulose.

Termites shy away from open and well ventilated spaces. They build tunnels and prefer dark, moist and obscure areas where there is little human activity. In fact, termites usually built their nests in trees, below the ground, and tree stumps. Sometimes they will choose to construct a nest in the roof cavity or under the floor of your house.

When it comes to preventing your home from termites causing extensive damage, regular inspections have been proven to be the most reliable and effective method. Images as below show examples of termite damage in various homes that were not inspected regularly. Frequent inspections will significantly reduce the chances of termites establishing themselves, giving them less time for their destructive work.

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.

Termite inspections should be carried out 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.

Why Regular Termite Inspections Are Crucial

Favourable climatic conditions and large amount of timber the building industry continues to use for constructing houses is the right combination for termite attack. Known also as white ants, termites have a reputation as the most destructive insect pest in Australia. They are capable of causing large amounts of damage in a very short period of time.

It is difficult to detect termites  in early stages of the infestation as it is likely to occur in the inaccessible timbers of your house. Termites can go on unnoticed as they tend to destroy the integrity of timber from the inside out. Everything on the surface may look normal, but on application of pressure it will crumbles and disintegrate.

Coat of paint may be the only thing holding it up.

While every third house in Sydney has been effected by termites at some stage, it’s worthwhile to remember.

When you have en inspection carried out regularly, termites are found early and before significant damage is done.

To catch these insects before they can do significant damage, you need to have termite inspections. There are three types of termite inspections that you should have done: a routine inspection, a pre-purchase inspection, and a thermal imaging one. Let’s take a look at each type and understand what it is and why you need it!

A routine termite inspection is, as the name implies, an examination that you should have performed once every year at a minimum. Many homes in Sydney are at a higher risk for 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 potential damage. The cost of having these inspections performed regularly is significantly less than the expense to replace the damage caused by an unchecked 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 eliminate them.

When you are thinking of purchasing a new house, you should have a termite inspection performed 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.

Once you take possession of the house, that damage becomes your responsibility. After spending hundreds of thousands on a new home in the Sydney region, you might find that you’re spending thousands more eradicating termites and fixing the damage left behind.

Instead, the best approach is to have a pre-purchase termite inspection as one of the contingencies to purchasing the property. A professional termite inspector can come to the property before you make it yours. Much like a regular termite inspection, they’ll take a thorough look at the home to find any termite colonies that might be in it. You’ll get a report at the end detailing any signs of termites and what it would take to get rid of them.

By having this information before taking possession of the property, you can make an informed decision. If there are no termites (or the termite damage is small), you’d likely proceed with the purchase. However, if the inspection reveals substantial damage that would require thousands of dollars to fix, then you may want to think twice about proceeding with the sale. Or, if you still want the property, you can negotiate the price down to compensate for the repairs that you will likely have to make.

With termites being such a pervasive pest in Sydney, you don’t want to take your chances! Have a pre-purchase inspection done before you commit to buying your dream home.

Technology has enhanced all facets of life and pest control work is no different. Termite damage is often not visible. Termites are not running across the floor or hiding in corners like spiders. Instead, they are hard at work, eating the wood beams above your ceiling or behind your walls. The fact that they are so well-hidden makes it challenging to catch infestations via visual cues.

Fortunately, thermal imaging technology can reveal these infestations. All creatures and objects with a temperature above absolute zero emit infrared radiation. Thermal imaging reads that radiation and produces thermal images. You’ve likely seen these images in media. Even in a pitch-black setting, thermal imaging can detect a human. Thermal imaging is also used quite a bit in medicine to detect cancer and other abnormalities without needing to operate.

In pest control, thermal imaging can be used to detect termite colonies that hidden behind walls. These colonies will not have the same infrared radiation as the wood. You’ll be able to see precisely where the termite colony is and how much damage it has done – without needing to tear down the wall! Thermal imaging makes it easier to detect active infestations even if there are very few visible signs.

Ideally, you should have a thermal imaging inspection done with your regular or pre-purchase termite inspection. Of course, if you ever think you see evidence of termites, having an inspector come out and take some thermal images of the problem area will allow you to say if you have a termite infestation or not conclusively.

Prevention Is Better Than Repairs

Whether you have a regular inspection, a pre-purchase one, or look at thermal imaging, preventing major termite colonies is much better than reacting to these issues after they become a problem. Termites can cause significant damage to a house within a relatively short amount of time. That damage can be thousands of dollars to fix. By having regular inspections, you can avoid significant bills and have peace of mind knowing that your home is safe and structurally sound.

At Pestworks we are team of qualified professionals who have a wealth of experience in Termite Inspections and Termite Management. In 28 years of experience we have acquired a deep knowledge and understanding in how to effectively protect Sydney homes from the devastating damage termites can cause.

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