Proper Termite Inspection and Pest control was at a premium in Canberra this year with dry humid weather making it the perfect environment for termites and many other pests who were also more evident. CSIRO reported 1 in 3 homes in Canberra have either termite damage or termite activity.
Proper Termite Inspection In Your Property Canberra
Many people select as a cheaper option a visual termite inspection where the pest technicians look, listen and feel for signs that termites are active through tapping tools and moisture meters.
This method is thorough and relies on physical evidence that the termites are present.
A1 Pest Control Canberra can do either visual inspections but also likes to use the latest tools in thermal imaging which detect termite movement and body heat inside walls, floors and roofs before they do damage and is a useful tool for places where there is no crawl space or weather would permit the technician to climb on the roof or the property.
What attracts termites in the house?
Different scenarios can be attracting subterranean termites (or white ants) into your house. Sometimes, the things you are unmindful of doing are the ones that causes termite infestation.
In general, they create colonies around food sources. They love to munch on soft or rotting wood, so they seek moist spaces.
The following are possible reasons why there are termites in your home.
- Piles of Wood – Firewood and woodpiles can draw termites closer to your home. Once termites find these, they will migrate from the piles of wood to your home structure, slowly eating it away until great damage is done. To avoid this, stack wood at least 20 feet away from your house and 5 inches above the ground.
- Excess Foliage – As they rot, dead trees and stumps attract termites that later on will move to your house as well. Prevent this by removing any excess foliage from your yard.
- Tree Limbs and Leaves – These branches that touch your roof could give termites a pathway from the ground to your home. It’s important to have regular tree trimming so you could veer these termites off your roof.
- Clogged Gutters – If trees are nearby, chances are leaves and twigs build up in your gutter. This creates excess moisture that softens or rots your roof; enough reason to attract termites to penetrate your house. Cleaning gutters frequently can prevent a soft or rotting roof, and eventually dissuade termites from coming in.
Not giving termites a good food source around your home could keep them away. Make sure to keep your house clean, and regularly check wood, especially those prone to moisture, so you could avoid getting a termite infestation.
Once the problem arises though, it’s best to get a subterranean termite inspection for your house as soon as possible. If termite presence is confirmed, immediately consider having a termite control before it gets worse.
What does a termite inspector look for?
During the inspection, the trained termite inspector checks all accessible locations for signs of termite infestation and damage.
Visible signs that should be looked out for include:
- Wood damage
- Mud tubes
- Discarded wings
- Termite exit holes
- Termite droppings
They also look for moisture issues and wood-to-ground contact that are likely to have termite infestation.
How do you check for termites?
In A1Pest Control Canberra, the termite inspection process that we follow is up to the country’s standards. Pointing the device at various areas (see checklist below) the trained thermal imaging pest control technician not only picks up heat and movement, but it also picks up areas that have leaking pipes or electrical faults and other home maintenance problems before they are evident – saving money for the property owner.
TERMITE INSPECTION CHECKLIST
*Interior – Kitchen and bathroom cupboards, skirting boards and wooden door jams, carpet tracking strips, floor boards, ceilings and cornices, gyprock walls.
*Roof void – We systematically check other timbers in order of roof construction – top plates, ceiling joists, hanging beams, strutting beams, struts, and collar ties.
*Subfloors – We inspect brick, concrete or limestone piers with ant caps. We check possible leads which may bridge capping into floor bearers and joists.
*Exterior – Inspection of window frames, fascia boards and any wooden items that are part of, or attached to the home. Gardens and property are also inspected and this includes trees, landscaping, boundary fences old stumps and storage areas.
Remember it’s what you can’t see and goes undetected that does the most damage!
You can call our team on 0407 065 413 to book your proper termite inspection today.
How much should a termite inspection cost?
In Australia, the average costs for a standard three-bedroom house depend on the termite inspection services requested. A general visual inspection usually costs around $200 to $250, while a more advanced technology using thermal imaging ranges from $450 to $550 or more.
Keep in mind though that prices vary and depend also on the products used. Do not simply go for affordable services because it is way cheaper. Instead, always consider how the quality of service gives value to your money.
Most importantly, it should be able to help you solve your problems with these disgusting termites.
How much does it cost to treat a house for termites?
Once your termite inspector confirms the presence of termites in your property, it is necessary to take action right away. Remember that these pests work hard every day, constantly munching on your wood and slowly weakening the foundations of your house.
Termites can cause great damage amounting to thousands of dollars as you might be required to totally replace parts of your home that has been destroyed. To avoid spending so much money on repair costs, get the proper termite treatment based on the results of your termite inspection.
Termite treatment costs typically range from $2000 to $5000 for an average size home and depending on location, type of construction, chemical used, insurance coverage, and warranties applied.
Hope you found this information helpful. Please call our team on 0407 065 413 to help you with your termite problems at home.