So, what exactly is a termite inspection? Why bother? What does it cover and how often should you have it done?
Another common name for a termite is a white ant. They look similar to the small black ants often found in and around the home with one major difference.
Unlike the small black ant, white ants, or termites are an economic and destructive pest.
The termite has large mandibles, razor like teeth with a never-ending appetite for timber. They never sleep, working 24 hours a day chewing through timber that happens to be in their path.
Most homes in Queensland are comprised of a large percentage of timber in their construction. Most homes have wood or timber frames within the internal walls, timber roofing beams and sometimes timber floors. All this timber makes the average Queensland home a very attractive food source for termites.
Termites, or white ants are cryptic by nature. This means they do everything in their power to function undetected by humans and other predators. This is bad, really bad for the homeowner.
Termites generally create tunnels around 200mm below the surface of the soil, in search of moisture and in search of food, timber. They often enter the home inside the wall cavity and start chewing their way through the timber frame behind the internal walls.
The first time termites are often detected by the homeowner, is unfortunately when significant damage has already been caused to the internal timber frame of your home. Termites will eat the timber from the inside and stop when they encounter the paint veneer. Remember, termites are cryptic so they will leave the thin layer of paint intact so they remain undetected, whilst moving to fresh timber, starting the cycle over again.
It is a strong recommendation to get a termite inspection done at least once a year.
Our termite inspection comprises of checking the fence-line, sub-floor, roof void, skirtings, architraves, door frames, window frames and wooden floor for signs of past infestation and current termite activity.
At Swarm Pest Control, we also go the extra mile by checking for any conditions that would make your home more attractive to these destructive pests, for example if you had a leaking drain pipe then we would request you get the leak repaired. As mentioned earlier, termites are attracted to moisture.
For your peace-of-mind and the relatively low cost of having a termite inspection done by Swarm, we sincerely think it is money well spent if you consider the alternative. Termite damage can run into many thousands of dollars. We would encourage you to not gamble with your number one investment.
As part of our service offering, we undertake pest pre-purchase inspections should you be ready to make an offer on your new potential home. We would be more than happy to arrange a building inspection be done at the same time we do the pest inspection.
Upon completion, you will receive a highly detailed report of the condition of the property that you are about to purchase.
We would encourage you to not make a huge decision to purchase a home without engaging the services of a professional company for your building & pest Inspection.
We would look forward to receiving your call.
What to do if you have found what you think is termite damage?
Don’t panic. In fact, don’t do anything before calling an expert to discuss what you have found. The last thing you want to do is scare them away before you have had an expert come out to assess the situation.
Termites are cryptic by nature, meaning they will retreat from the area that you have disturbed. We want the termites to remain exactly where they are as this gives us the best possible chance to eliminate their colony.
We will use a combination of methods to kill the termites, and destroy their colony. We may use a poisonous dust or liquid chemical if found outside. The dust and chemical swarm use is slow acting, which means that it will give the termites enough time to take the poison back to their nests and over time, eliminate the entire colony of termites.
If you think you have found termites, also known as white ants then please call us immediately. We do not charge anything to give you advice and will, free of charge visit your home to assess the situation!
It has been suggested that 1 in 3 homes in Queensland have, or have had termites in them.
There are a few ways to minimise the chance of termites entering your home. Swarm use a few methods, one of which is the application of a specialised chemical into the soil surrounding your home. This is known as a treatment zone, or termite barrier which poisons the termites should they be brave enough to tunnel their way through it. Unless disturbed, the lifespan of a treated zone is around 6 to 8 years.
A strong recommendation from Swarm, would be to have us install a reticulation system of flexible hose into the trenched soil. The flexible hose has a number of tiny holes throughout the length, allowing us to fill it up with chemical in the future, thereby removing the need to have to dig another trench in future.
Another, less intrusive method of controlling termites is to place purpose-built bait stations at defined intervals around the home. Many of our clients choose this method as it is less intrusive then us having to trench and treat, or drill and inject chemical into the soil.
Our bait station solution includes a free bait inspection within 6 months to tweak the placement of them and to check for any termite activity within them.
Furthermore, you will receive advice about how to make your home less inviting to termites.
Please remember, we are just a phone call away. It would be our pleasure to give you continued advice into the future.