Termites tend to avoid open air and bright lights, and as a result their colonies are typically underground, out of sight or within wood materials so more often than not, termite damage is hidden away from sight. For this reason it’s important to get a professional pest or termite inspector who knows common areas to check for termite damage or conditions conducive to termites.
What is a Pest Inspection?
A Timber Pest Inspection or Termite Inspection entails a timber pest inspector completing a visual pest and termite inspection of all accessible and available areas of a property for the presence of active termites and/or termite damage. The results in the pest inspection include conductive conditions to termite attacks, risks & recommendations for termite management.
What does a Pest/Termite Inspection entail?
A Termite Inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a home for evidence of termite activity and or termite workings/damage. The inspector will visually inspect the interior and exterior of the home or building including any accessible roof cavities and sub-floor areas. After the pest inspection has been performed, the findings are noted in the termite report which will be issued via email the following morning.
How long does a Pest Inspection take?
The average Pest Inspection takes approximately 60 minutes for a thorough inspection, depending on the size and conditions (e.g. clutter; storage of personal items, etc.) of the home and property.
How much is a Pest Inspection?
The cost of a pest/termite inspection will vary depending on what region you are located in and the size of the property being inspection. For an accurate quote please contact us today for an approximate idea of the cost.
What do Termites look like?
Subterranean termite colonies consist of three different castes (reproductives, workers and soldiers). All of the subterranean termites are generally creamy white in appearance and are translucent, looking very much in size, shape and color as a grain of rice. The reproductives, or "swarmers", have a pair of even-sized wings and are often mistaken for flying ants. The workers look similar to the "swarmers" only they are a little smaller and do not have wings. The soldiers are also similar except for their oversized heads and large, crushing mandibles.
What is the difference between ants and termites?
How do you treat termites?
There are several methods available to treat subterranean termites:
1. Chemical treatment is the most common treatment type available for subterranean termites. The goal of a subterranean termite chemical treatment is to establish a continuous termiticide barrier between the termite colony (usually in the soil) and timber in a building.
Could there be Hidden Termite Damage?
Absolutely! One of the main characteristics of termites and termite colonies is their tendency to avoid open air and bright lights, meaning they will stay underground or within wood products. It is almost impossible for an inspector to visually identify or locate an active termite infestation just by looking at the finished surface of a wall or the accompanying trim.
What can I do to Prevent Termite Infestation?
The current standard method of preventing termite infestation on homes is to have a Pest Inspector visit the home and inject a liquid termiticide to the foundation areas. The building sciences are continually coming up with new methods of infestation prevention. A homeowner could also make post-construction adjustments to the home that are less conducive to an infestation of wood-destroying insects. Common conditions that are conducive to an infestation are: earth to wood contact at support posts; cellulose debris and form boards left in the crawlspace; improper drainage away from the structure; and inadequate ventilation in the crawlspace. Correction of these conditions will greatly reduce the likelihood of an infestation.
Why do I have to treat if there are no live termites?
If there is evidence of a termite infestation and no evidence of a termite treatment having been done, the inspector must report that the infestation is active, which means in need of treatment, even though no live termites were discovered.