If you’re worried you might have termites stay calm, there’s no need to panic!
Significant termite damage takes many months and so a few days to make a considered decision on the best course of action isn’t going to make any difference to the amount of damage.
If you suspect you have termites, it is important that you do not disturb or spray the termites, as it can make it more difficult to assess the problem and get control.
Just take a deep breath and give us a call immediately to arrange an inspection.
All our termite inspections are carried out according to Australian standards AS 3660.2. The purpose of the inspection is to determine:
It is important to understand that we can only inspect areas to which we can access, so please make sure we can access all rooms, the roof void and sub-floor.
It’s also important to remember that the standard termite inspection is a visual termite inspection – we don’t go breaking open any walls and we are not allowed to move heavy furniture which may be blocking access to inspect walls.
However, we do use a range of devices to help us work out what might be happening behind the walls. There are three pieces of equipment we regularly use:
Termatrac T3i is a 3-in-1 device using three different technologies – moisture meter, thermal sensor (to detect termite nests / areas of activity behind walls) and motion detector (to pick up termite movement and allow identification of potential entry points).
The key output from the inspection is a comprehensive written report (minimum 16 x A4 pages) with photos detailing:
You will receive a discount on any general pest treatment carried out at the same time as the termite inspection.
Although a professional termite inspection is a must to pick up the subtle signs of a termite infestation, there are 3 key signs of termite activity that every homeowner should know:
If you find live termites on your property your house could be under attack and there is a nest nearby.
You may see worker termites (“white ants”) feeding on wood or inside their mud tubes, or flying termites in the evening on humid nights, or more likely their dropped wings on the floor in the morning.
Mud tubes are built by termites for protection. They can be found on trees, fences, other wood items, entry points to your home, in the sub-floor and roof void.
Other than the obvious damage of collapsed timbers, there can be more subtle signs of termite damage, such as rippled paintwork, spongy floorboards and doors not shutting properly.
Termite damage image: Obvious termite damage
Rippled paintwork image: Caption: Rippled paintwork is a potential sign of termite activity.
If you spot something suspicious, call Hindmarsh Pest Control immediately to arrange an inspection.