5 Things You Need To Know About Termite Inspections
Termites, also called white ants, are found throughout Australia. These pests are every homeowner's nightmare, since they feed on wood. Termites can destroy your home if you don't discover the infestation in time, so you need to be vigilant. Here's what you need to know about termite inspections.
Why are termite inspections important?
Termites are very common in Australia, but they're hard to spot before it's too late. When termites get into your house, they eat the wood from the inside out. By the time the damage is visible on the front of the wood, the structure of your home has already been destroyed. Even scarier, termites are found in about a third of homes in Australia. There's a good chance that they're eating your home right now!
How often should your house be inspected?
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) recommends getting your house inspected for termites regularly. They say that people who live in coolers areas should get their house inspected at least once a year, while people who live in warmer areas should get it done at least twice a year.
When should the inspection be done?
You should schedule the inspection for times when termites are more active. This makes it easier for the inspector to notice signs of termite activity. Try to schedule your inspection for sometime between early spring and late summer.
What does the inspector look for?
There are many different signs of termite activity. The inspector will check the outside of your home for narrow mud tunnels. The termites use these tunnels to travel between their underground nests and your home.
The inspector will also look for termite swarms, which many people call "flying ants." These swarms can be found outside your house—or even inside your house, if the colony is big enough.
Damage to the exterior of your house is also a clue that your house is infested. Small holes in the wood or damaged paint could be termite entry points.
What happens if the inspector finds termites?
If the inspector finds termites in your house, you don't need to panic. Termites eat fairly slowly, so your house won't be destroyed overnight. Call a local pest control company to have your home treated.
Termites are very common in Australia, so there's a good chance that they're either already in your home, or will be at some point in the future. Start getting your house regularly inspected for termites, and call a pest control company if the inspector finds termites. If you are purchasing a new home, it is also a good idea to have an inspector, such as Inspecta Homes, check for termites before you purchase to prevent expensive damages in the future.