Termite Inspections in Adelaide
The weather might be cold and insects may not be out in force this time of year. There is one insect that is still very active and moves undetected and causing unknown structural damage in many homes in Adelaide, Termites.
Termites are insects that are well known throughout Australia for causing severe economic damage to homes and other structures.
Every person who owns a home should take the threat posed by termite seriously and perform regular maintenance and preventative maintenance to their homes. From the centre of Adelaide city to the outskirts of our suburbs, termites are in full force.
Usually this time of year we see termites slow down a bit but, we’re getting calls and finding them every week.
Last week we conducted a routine timber pest inspection to a property, the effect you can see in the timber is actually termite damage. Most people probably wouldn’t notice this, to an inspector it’s a red flag.
The home owner had not noticed this particular problem on the door frame. When we discovered it during our inspection the owner was very surprised.
Upon further inspection of the room, just next to the door was a chest of drawers. Out of curiosity, we moved them away from the wall and discovered further evidence of termites to the skirting board.
Above this room, in the ceiling was where the real evidence of the termite infestation is extremely obvious.
This is mudding that is constructed by subterranean termites, the type of termite that causes majority of the damage to buildings in Australia. The timber around this area will eventually need to be replaced, once the treatment has been completed and the termites are removed from the structure.
You can prevent termite damage like this in your home…
The first thing you need to do is have a professional conduct a Timber Pest Inspection to your property.
This inspection will determine if your property has a problem with timber pests. During this inspection we inspect all accessible areas of the home; internal, external, the roof space and under the home.
By the way, we’re not just looking for termites, there’s other pests of timber that can destroy your investment. Wood Decay Fungi and Borers are also inspected for.
We also assess the property as a whole for susceptibility to attack from timber pests.
There are factors in the environment in almost every home that will attract termites and timber pests and create an environment in which they’ll wan to investigate further to find a good food source.
Termites in particular are not pests wondering around aimlessly, hoping to stumble on a piece of timber. They know what they’re looking for, and they’ll find it.
We give you recommendations on how to make your property less attractive to termite attack.
Most importantly, to protect your property a timber pest inspection allows us to determine how to best protect your home.
Once we assess the home, the construction type and with local knowledge of the area, and pressure in the area we formulate a Property Management Plan specifically for your home.
This plan can include options for Termiticide Treated Zones, which as the name suggests forms a ‘treated zone’ around your home that will kill termites if the impede it.
Options for monitoring designed to detect termites early, before they feed on your home and reduce pressure of attack to the main structure of the property.
There are many options for protection that can be used to safe guard your home. These are only two.
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.
Don’t risk expensive structural damage to your home or property.
A small investment into Pest Management can literally save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run
If you’re concerned you might have a termite problem, contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for advice.