There are many reasons why having your home professionally inspected for termites is a job you shouldn’t put off or just let go.
Termites can spell T-r-o-u-b-l-e with a capital $!
But we know that. We’ve heard it all before. Right? It won’t happen at my home. We can put it off for a while. Yes?
Well in all honesty, No!
Annual Inspections are vitally important, particularly in the Northern Rivers where the termite species can access your home from underground, completely hidden from view, and do considerable damage.
Termites Love 3 Things
Yes they do: (1) Timber (your home); (ii) moisture (leaking taps or pipes); and (iii) humidity (our wonderful climate).
The Coptotermes acinaciformis termite, though not the only problem species we see here, are well known for causing rapid and extensive structural damage to homes, in as little time as within the first three months of construction.
Termites are secretive, almost silent, eating from the inside out and away from direct sunlight. It takes a trained eye to identify signs of their presence and sometimes, special equipment is required.
Wooden structures located nearby established termite colonies can be attacked via underground tunnels. Even innocent looking indoor plants or broken tiles can invite termites into your home.
Check out this brilliant 6 min video to see termite action up close: What’s inside the Termite Nest?
Get Professionally Inspected – It’s Important to Know What to Look For
Despite alarming statistics that suggest otherwise, if you know what to look for, it is possible to detect a termite infestation before they cause extensive damage to your residence.
Signs of an infestation can include mud tubes or ‘galleries’ along foundations, near pipes or in your roof space, or soil crammed into cracks in mortar or construction joints.
Here are some tips on how you can avoid attracting termites to your property:
- Don’t fix wooden structures like trellises, pergolas or gate posts to the main building
- Don’t put mulch, wood debris, scrap timber, sawdust or firewood close to your home
- If you do keep firewood outside, keep it raised off the ground and away from external walls
- Don’t cover or obstruct weep holes in brickwork or the exposed edge of concrete slabs
- Don’t block off sources of ventilation for areas under suspended floors
- Don’t leave pipes leaking, dampness, condensation unattended to
- Don’t allow leaves to accumulate in gutters or drains
If You Suspect Active Termites – Don’t Disturb Them
If you discover or suspect termites are active on your property, it is important not to disturb them. Termites have acute survival instincts. If shaken or disturbed they will abandon the area and possibly move to cause damage in another area. We advise people not to panic, but not to delay either. Organise to have your home inspected as soon as possible and be sure to seek professionally qualified advice.
Insurance Doesn’t Cover Termite Damage
The standard home and building insurance policy doesn’t cover the repair costs of termite affected structural and decorative timbers. So if you haven’t had a recent termite inspection on your home, it’s time you did so for your own peace of mind.
We are fully licensed and insured pest technicians. We really are the local guys you can trust when it comes to having your home professionally inspected. Our thorough inspection on an average three to four bedroom home costs just $154* inclusive of GST.
Our service also includes thermal imaging and moisture detection if required (at no extra cost) and a comprehensive written report in accordance with the Australian Standard 3660.2-2000.
Active Pest Management’s team of friendly office staff – Lisa, Samantha and Louise – are waiting to take your call on 6686 8607.
No time to call? Get in touch via our contact page and we’ll respond as soon as possible according to your enquiry.
*Larger homes and properties may cost marginally more depending on size. Ask your technician.