Termites, without them we’d be 100 feet deep in dead trees all around the world, they have a significant job to do, and they do it well. However, termites cause more damage, to more homes, every single year than all the wars have done since the beginning of time, it just all spread out so you don’t recognize it. In every country in the world, termites do billions of dollars of damage with their infestations and colonies, that relentlessly eat and burrow in our wood.
How A Regular Termite Inspection Of Your Home Can Prevent Damage To Timbers And Worse
One of the most effective measures that a homeowner can take against termites, and their damage, is to have a regular (6 monthly or yearly) professional termite inspections carried out by a local expert.
Most termite damage is caused by subterranean termites that live in fallen trees, and their roots below ground level, in huge colonies involving millions upon millions of drone workers.
These workers work tirelessly from birth to death, 24 hours a day, finding and eating the wood from your house. Termites only eat dead wood, never live wood that has sap in it, but since houses are always built with wood that has been kiln dried it makes a perfect meal for the average termite.
Our job, inspecting your house, is to find the termite’s access points and take proactive measures to limit their access and kill as many as possible.
When locating pests of any kind, there are couple of valuable tools that we need have. The first is a thermal imaging camera, a skirting board tapper, powerful flashlight, a screwdriver, good eyesight, and the knowledge of where termites are likely to be “plying their trade”.
We start on the corner of your house on the outside perimeter, walking slowly and looking for termite access points and evidence of their damage. Then to the inside, where we check all the timber window frames and skirting boards for signs of termite activity
When the termite colonies come out of the ground looking for your home, they build mud tubes up the outside of your foundation to the wood, then burrow in.
Once they’ve found a good meal, they return to the colony and bring back a steady stream of worker drones that will then continue to consume your home 24 hours a day.
If we find some mud tubes rising up from the ground along your foundation or discover that a window frame of skirting board has been damaged, we will take the necessary steps to 1. see if live termite activity exists and 2. determine what steps we need to take to eradicate the colony.
As you can see, inspecting your home is a straightforward task that should not be neglected. By repeating the process, both inside and outside of the home you will be able to completely prevent any termite infestation.