A fully insured and licensed timber pest inspector will complete a visual inspection of all available and accessible areas looking for active and/or termite damage of your property during a timber pest inspection.
Conducive conditions for a termite attack and the recommendations and risks of management programs are included in the results of the report of your timber termite inspection.
What is a Pest Inspection?
The visual inspection of the easily accessible areas of your home for the evidence of wood-destroying organisms and insects is a true termite inspection.
The visual inspection of the exterior and the interior of your home (which includes the entering and accessing of any crawlspaces and basements) will be performed by the termite inspector.
The roof space will be inspected and accessed in houses that have no sub-areas and subterranean termites are prevalent. On an appropriate/applicable form the findings will be reported after your inspection has been completed.
How long does an inspection take?
It will depend on the conditions and the size (storage of personal items and clutter, etc.) of the property and the home, but on average a thorough pest or termite inspection will approximately take up to 60 minutes.
What do termites look like?
They look very much in shape, size and color of a grain of rice, translucent and generally creamy white in color would describe how all subterranean termites look.
Often mistaken for flying ants, the “swarmers” or reproductives have a pair of even-sized wings. Except for their large and crushing mandibles and oversized heads the soldiers are similar in appearance.
What is the difference between ants and termites?
Ants and termites have a number of differences. An ant’s body shape is like an hourglass in that it narrows between the thorax in the front and in the rear the abdomen.
More cigar-shaped a termite’s body does not have the narrowing between the back and front half of the body.
Termite “swarmers” have equal-sized wings and ants, when wings are present, have smaller wings in the back and in the front the wings are larger.
Termite’s wings are more “veiny” than ant ant’s wings. A termite’s wings do not have a stigma (dark spot) that an ant has on the leading edge of the front wing.
The termite antennae are relatively straight, while the ant’s antennae is curved or bent. Ants do not eat the wood they tunnel through, termites do. The entry point of the termite is visible to the exposed slab edge.
How do you treat termites?
A continuous termiticide barrier between the timber in a building and the termite colony (usually in the soil) is the goal of a subterranean termite chemical treatment.
Around the foundation elements a termiticide is placed in the soil to prevent termites from entering your property. A termiticide is injected beneath a trench dug by the technicians creating a protecting barrier around your property.
What is becoming a popular method for the treatment of subterranean termites is the in-ground baiting system. Cellulose (wood material) bait stations are placed in strategic places around the perimeter of your property as a subterranean baiting system.
In order to constantly feed their colony, worker termites forage for food, and upon locating the cellulose baiting stations their mates are summoned to the food source by the special scent trails.
To stop the moulting process in termites, the cellulose material in the bait station is replaced with a chemical inhibitor to prevent the termites from growing.
The chemical is brought back to the colony by the carrier termites, and in the best of circumstances the remainder of the colony is affected by the inhibitor The rest of the colony and the carrier will die, due to the growth inhibitor.
Termite workings under carpet edge. Could there be hidden termite damage?
Without a doubt! Termites and their colonies main characteristics are to stay underground or within wood products, in order to avoid bright lights and open air.
An active termite infestation for an inspector to visually locate and identify by looking at the trim or a finished wall surface is virtually impossible.
What can I do to Prevent Termite Infestation?
Having a pest control contractor come to your home and inject liquid termiticide to the foundation areas is the standard method of preventing termite infestation to your property.
New methods of infestation prevention are being developed by the building sciences. Post-construction adjustments to the home to make them less conducive to an infestation by these wood-destroying insects can be made by the homeowner.
Earth to wood contact at support posts, improper drainage away from the property, inadequate ventilation in the crawlspace, and cellulose debris and form boards left in the crawlspace are the common conditions that will make your property conducive to an infestation.
The likelihood of an infestation is greatly reduced when these conditions are rectified.
Why do I have to treat if there are no live Termites?
Even though no live insects were found present, the mere evidence of a termite infestation and no prior evidence of termite treatment ever being performed, the inspector must report that there is an active infestation.
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