Whats the difference between termite inspection and a termite check?
Simply, 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 other pests that can destroy timber. There are three pests capable of damaging timber including:
- Wood Decay Fungi.
A Timber Pest Inspection is designed to look for signs of all three of these pests. It is very important to distinguish the difference between a timber pest or termite inspection and a termite check.
What’s the difference between a termite inspection and termite check?
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.
What does a termite inspection include?
A timber pest inspection will cover all readily accessible areas of your property and will take approximately 2 hours to complete on an average sized 3 bedroom home and our Timber Pest Inspectors will build a detailed written report covering:
- 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 pre-existing property management plan and make recommendations to ensure its effectiveness, whilst educating you on the maintenance requirements.
What does termite damage look like?
Timber pest 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 Termite damage from a house in Higgins that we inspected early in November.
The picture on the right shows an extremely damaged floor joist and on the right a door jamb from the room above the damaged flooring. There is a lot of damage in this particular property. This house had a lot of conditions that are very attractive to timber pests and in particular, Termites.
What Conditions Around Homes Attract Termites?
In conjunction with inspecting for timber pests, 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. Conditions such as moisture problems, timber in ground contact, landscaping, attachments to buildings, decks, pergolas etc. could be what is drawing termites to your home.
Timber in contact with the ground is one condition that must be avoided. This property in Higgins has had a lot of scrap timber stored under the home which can be quite common, do you know what’s under your house? Termites had most likely found this food source which ultimately led them to start destroying the actual structure.
If you’re concerned you might have a timber pest problem, contact Amalgamated Pest Control Canberra.