06 Oct How often should you do a termite inspection?
How often should you do a termite inspection?
How often should you do a termite inspection?
Many Australian homes are prone to termite infestation. In fact, termites account for more than $5 billion in property damage in the whole country annually.
Just because your home is far from the coast, it doesn’t mean you are safe from termites. Termite infestation can happen so swiftly and stealthily, that you won’t even notice their presence in your home until the damage is already too broad.
To effectively get rid of termites, you need a professional termite inspector to look at your home. Using special equipment, termite inspectors can detect the areas in your home that are infested with termites. They can also suggest safety and preventive measures against recurring termite infestation.
So how often should you do a termite inspection in your home? Can you DIY termite inspection or do you have to call a professional? In this article, let’s discuss the ideal frequency of termite inspection for your home.
Do you recommend an annual termite inspection?
An annual termite inspection is a more proactive approach to treating and preventing termites. You can have your home checked now and see if there are termites around. If we detect termite presence in your home, we will provide the necessary treatment to completely eradicate termites.
Generally, it takes around 3-5 years for evidence of termite to be visibly seen. By the time you discover them, the damage is already worse. Once termite infestation has been diagnosed, treatments can vary from fumigation or long-term wood treatment. The following are some factors that can affect the type of termite treatment.
- Type of termite
- Severity of infestation
- Wood damage
- Age of your home
- Location of termites
Identifying Termites in Australia
Termites are often mistaken for ants since they look alike at first glance. But if you look closely, termites are more related to cockroaches than ants. Like cockroaches, termites molt as they grow and feed on decaying plants, materials, and woods.
The more they eat, the more they multiply into millions of other termites. A termite colony has more than 1000 termites working together in destroying the woodwork in your home. Based on experience, we have not only dealt with a single colony. Medium-size homes can have millions of termites within if left undetected for 3-5 years. That is because termites can live anywhere in your home that has cellulose – books, wooden foundations, floors, ceilings, attics, services, and crawl spaces.
If the termite infestation is so severe, spraying a termiticide on them is not enough. You will need long-term and thorough treatment to completely eradicate them, and save your home from collapsing.
Even so, proper identification of termites is crucial for the determination of the correct termite treatment. Some companies fail to completely eradicate termite infestation because the diagnosis was incorrect from the very beginning. For example, some termites are immune to fumigation. So, if your home is fumigated, highly resistant termites will continue to live in your home.
Termites as household pests
Unlike other household pests like rats or cockroaches, they don’t pose direct health risks by simply being present in your home. Although some species of termites can bite and sting, there is no evidence yet that shows they carry certain diseases. However, the biggest problem caused by them is usually in terms of physical effects on your property and financial damage. The cost of termite eradication can easily compound if you find out that the damage has already gone worse. Sometimes, repairs will even cost more if termites have affected the structural integrity of your home.
Termite inspection as a method of prevention
Bearing in mind the type of damage that termites can create in your home, termite inspection can be viewed as a smart way to protect your home. During a termite inspection, a team of skilled and experienced termite control professionals will check your home for termite infestation.
If a termite infestation is detected earlier, a proper remedy can right away be given. Even if the termite inspection will not find anything, it would be a relief on your part to know that.
This can be done as part of a standard inspection for a condominium unit or apartment, or as part of a pre-purchase procedure. It gives buyers and sellers assurance that the structural integrity of the property is intact.
Schedule regular termite inspections
For maximum peace of mind and to catch any signs of termites before they turn into a full-blown, long-term infestation, you should schedule a professional termite inspection. If you live in an area with high cases of termite infestation, it may be safer to get an inspection scheduled more regularly.
The Local Guys is your pest control expert of choice when it comes to professional termite inspection and treatment. With up-to-date knowledge of the industry and competitive prices, we are always ready to solve all your pest-related problems with ease. Give us a call to find out more about what we can offer you today.
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