One of the main questions we get is do you really need termite inspections? And the answer to this question is a huge YES! Even the CSIRO in Canberra recommend at a bare minimum that all property owners have inspections annually.
Did you know that termites cause more property damage than fires and floods? And unlike these natural disasters, termite damage is NOT covered by insurance.
If you are seeing visible signs of termite damage like warping of wall, floors, windows, frames, ceiling or sawdust on the skirting boards etc. you are already too late, as this means that there has been termite activity and damage done already.
Having regular inspections will pick up issues early, saving you many thousands of dollars in termite repair bills.
When it comes to who does inspections Canberra? Nothing compares to the experience of A1 Pest Control Canberra where the team comprises of termite technicians who have 30 and 15 years of termite expertise.
This alone should make the property owner relax as our team misses nothing when it comes to inspections and the early detection signs of termites.
Let us now look at what is involved with termite inspections and know that there are basically 2 types of inspections. One is a visual inspection where the technician will use like a golf ball on a stick, moisture meter, torch and of course using his eyes and ears to detect any abnormalities.
Just as the name implies, the inspections will start when the technician enters the street, checking out the trees on the nature strip and on the property then move to the roof void where the support beams, and plate are checked for termites.
The inspection continues from room to room with making the knocking sound on walls, floors, door, window frame with the golf ball listening for hollow sounds that would indicate termites.
Moving through the inside now going outside checking if wood is in direct contact with the earth and looking for high risk areas that possibly attract termites.
The 2nd type of inspection is using thermal imaging camera. This is a high-tech way of using a tool that can see things the human eye can’t, and give accurate feedback. Where there is not enough crawl space for the technician to crawl, it does not matter as the camera can just be pointed and results are returned to the operator.
This camera is so sophisticated it will also pick up housing faults such as leaking behind the walls in the bathroom or electrical faults. It’s a great boom for those inspecting new home for termites before you buy someone else’s problem.
Did you know in Canberra that all new homes, renovations and extensions require termite protection concrete slab? There are those today that do not know about this until it gets time to get the property approved, and that is where they run into trouble.
Areas that are checked by termite technicians:
• All timbers throughout the inside and outside of the property
• Fences, gardens, trees and stumps
• Any other timber structures within the property (up to 50 meters from the main building)
• The presence and effectiveness of visible and accessible termite barriers (If there is a termite barrier on the property, the sticker should be inside the meter box.)
• The vulnerability of the property to termite infestation (subfloor ventilation and drainage, obvious damp areas, etc.)
The process of termite inspections
Termites are attracted to areas that are constantly moist. So, when termite technicians inspect your property, they will look for structural and moisture issues like standing water in the roof, pooling water around the foundation, wood mulch near the foundation or wooden deck supports that touch the ground. They will look for wood damage, mud tubes, buckling of the wall which are common signs of termite infestation.
When the inspection is completed, the termite technicians will hand you a report with all the findings and recommendations for the property. If they found infestations, termite treatment will be recommended. An action plan will be discussed in detail to the owner regarding the best treatment to use.
Part of the report is the technician’s recommendations on problem areas that could attract termites to your property. The termite technicians can give preventive measures to keep termites away from your property like putting up physical or chemical barriers.
Now that you are aware on what is involved in termite inspections, let’s now discuss on how we can prevent attracting termites around the property by following these simple steps:
• Get rid of any woodpiles. Termites love wood so keeping wood lying around or under the floor of your property is like giving an invitation for termites.
• Constantly check any possible source of moisture. Repair any leaking taps. Check any damp areas in your kitchen and bathroom. Clear your gutter from any clogs. Ensure any outlet hoses from air conditioning units point away from the property.
• Keep your surroundings clean. Remove any dead trees and grind stumps on your property. Prevent contact of wood to the soil in your home (e.g. pergolas). Replace any untreated wooden garden edges with treated wood.
If you are looking for the best termite control company Canberra, look no further.