Why You Should Schedule Regular Termite Inspections
Termites are every homeowner’s nightmare, and for good reason. Termites left to their own devices can undermine a home’s structure and create thousands of dollars in damage, or even create dangerous situations. However, even though everyone knows the dangers termites can pose, most people do not think about termite inspections until it is already too late! This can be an extremely costly mistake.
At ATLG Pest Control Sunshine Coast we do not recommend regular termite inspections just to make an extra dollar. Having your house checked regularly can be the difference between a $200 inspection, and a $10,000 termite repair bill. Termite infestations rarely become obvious until serious damage has already happened, which means that if you call the exterminator after you’ve found termites in your house, you are probably already too late.
This is why regular termite inspections are so important. Most experts recommend having an inspector around at least once per year, which will usually catch an infestation in an early enough stage to prevent major damage.
When our termite inspector calls, there are several things they will do. First we will examine all the timber areas of your home with our tapping stick and thermal imaging camera.
Next, we examine the outside area for evidence of swarming termites, which are the sign of a mature, successful hive. Flying termites are the worst case scenario; winged termites in the vicinity of your home means there is a good chance a colony has already been formed, using the wood of your home as a source of food.
If our termite inspector doesn’t find any evidence of flying termites, the next thing they will look for is mud tubes on your home. Termites require enclosed, humid spaces to live, so when they reach an area they have difficulty traversing, like a flat concrete wall, they will develop their own tunnel system along the outside. These small brown lines allow termites to travel from outside into your home in order to eat away the wood.
A more subtle sign of termites that your inspector will check for is mud filling in cracks or joints. If termites build a nest in wood and a joint or other opening is letting air in, they will fill it in with mud the same way they create tubing, in order to create a more comfortable environment for themselves. Cracks mysteriously filled in with mud is a sure sign of termite infestation.
In addition to signs of active termite infestation, an exterminator will also look around for termite attractants on your property, like wood fencing with dirt contact, piles of firewood, and the like. They will point out ways to remedy these easy access points for termites to avoid problems in the future.
As you can see, regular termite inspections are wise for any homeowner. Even if you haven’t noticed any signs of infestation, there may be a colony working its way through your home’s structure right now. By the time you notice the winged adults on your own, you may be looking at a large cost to replace the weakened wood. Call an inspector today and be prepared!