A thorough termite inspection and report is the first step towards finding the right solution for your property and budget.
Many customers often ask us for a ‘termite check’. It’s important to know that there are pests other than termites that destroy timber. There are three pest capable of damaging timber; Termites, Borers and Wood Decay Fungi. A termite Inspection is designed to look for signs of all three of these pests. It is very important to distinguish the difference between a termite inspection and a termite check.
What does a termite inspection include?
A termite inspection will cover all readily accessible areas of your property – Internal, external (grounds, trees, fences etc), roof void, sub-floor and outbuildings, (sheds, garages etc). Termite inspections take approximately 2 hours to complete on an average sized 3 bedroom home and our Termite Inspectors will build a detailed written report on – Any visual evidence of timber pest activity and the extent of the activity and/or damage located. A summary of any timber pest/s identified and a brief description of the potential damage they could to cause to your property. How susceptible your property is to Termite attack, by looking at elements in the environment of your property which will make it more conducive to infestation and make recommendations for improving the environment around the property, making it lest suitable for Subterranean Termites and other timber pests. Recommendations for a management plan to attack any current infestation and aid in reducing any risk of future infestations. Report on any preexisting property management plan and make recommendations to ensure its effectiveness, whilst educating you on its maintenance requirements.
What does termite damage look like?
Termite damage varies depending on the pest and the species of the pest found. We often find a lot of evidence of timber pest damage that the customer was not aware of. Sometimes it can be extensive and sometimes it can be only slight. Here are some examples of some damage from a house in Torrensville that we inspected last week.
Fortunately for this home owner there was only slight damage to a few timbers and no active termites. We have since installed a Management Plan to this property and it is protected against future attack from subterranean termites.
What Conditions Around Homes Attract Termites?
In conjunction with inspecting for termites, we are also assessing the environmental conditions in and around your home that make your premises more susceptible to attack from timber pests. Conducive environmental conditions play a major role in encouraging timber pests onto your property. Many home owners would not realise the relationship of the environment around the home and timber pest activity. The environment plays a major role in timber pest attack. This retaining wall is a good example of a conducive condition. Timer in contact with the ground is should be removed where possible replaced.
Even your hot water service can attract timer pests. Check to see if your hot water tanks overflow is open like the one in this photo. Ideally it should not be draining alongside your house but directed into a drain or similar. One thing that timber pests need to thrive is water. All unnecessary moisture sources around the home should be rectified so that the ground around the home is as dry as possible.
These are just two conditions found in many homes. Almost every home in Adelaide will have environmental conditions that do encourage termites and other common timber pests. The last thing you want is to encourage them to visit your home.
What’s the difference between a termite inspection and termite check?
As mentioned, a termite inspection or timber pest inspection is a comprehensive inspection for signs of timber pest activity and environmental factors that could increase the chance of these pests entering your home. A termite check typically does not cover these aspects and often includes a brief look around your home with little attention to underlying factors. Always ask your pest control technician what an inspection will include.
If you’re concerned you might have a termite problem, contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for advice.