Termites cause billions of dollars in property damage each year, and if left unchecked, they can destroy your home by eating the wood. They can be hard to detect, and people often don’t find out they have them until it is too late. If you live in an area that has termites, you need to protect your investment in your home by having regular termite inspections. You might ask why we inspect for termites? At The Pest Company, termites are an enemy we face daily and we will inspect every available inch of your home in accordance with Australian Standards -and yes, we inspect your roof void.
Termites can eat the wood in your home from the inside out and many times you don’t know the foundation or support beams are damaged until they begin to buckle. Termite repairs can be catastrophically expensive and your homeowner’s insurance policy doesn’t always cover termite damage. Termites can consume vast quantities of wood and they reproduce quickly.
Sometimes you can tell you have termites because you can actually see piles of their wings near your doors and windows. This usually happens in the spring. You may also see thin mud tubes around your foundation. It is important to keep piles of wood away from your foundation because the decaying wood can attract the termites and from there it is just a quick leap over to your home.
Termites are also attracted to water sources, so if you have any leaks in your pipes, you will want to have them sealed. It can also help if you seal around pipes. Keep water away from your foundation and make sure your gutters are clear. Any type of termite food source should be kept far away from your home.
If you live in an area that is known for termite infestations, then you will want to have your home inspected for termites once a year, especially if you find mud tubes or wings. You can tap the wood beams and if they sound hollow, they could be damaged. Your paint might begin to bubble or crack and you could even see piles of what looks like sawdust around your foundation or walls.
If termites are detected, the inspector will come up with a customised termite treatment plan that will get rid of the termites for good. Most pest control companies will also work with you on financing options. It is important to work with a company that has many years of experience and that also has positive customer reviews. The inspector should spend time inspecting each part of your house including the basement and crawlspaces. Many inspectors use moisture meters, IR thermometers and other pieces of equipment that can detect termites.
If you do have termites, you will want to get your home treated right away. Every day that you wait, more damage is being done to your house which is going to cost you more money to repair, so act quickly and get the repairs taken care of. Termites will destroy your home if you let them and your home are likely to be your biggest asset, so do what you can to protect it.