When Is A Termite Inspection Necessary For Your Home?


Termites, commonly referred to as white ants, are a very destructive pest that causes structural damage to homes. In the worst-case scenario, termites can completely destroy your home in under four months. They can be found in built-up areas where their food, which is the wood in your house, is primarily always available. So, when is a termite inspection needed?

When Moving Into A New Home. When moving into a new house that you just purchased the last thing you would like to discover is that you have a termite infestation. Insurance companies usually tend to not cover structural damage due to termites. Therefore, before you move or buy a new house, you want to make sure that you have a termite inspection done by a qualified inspector in your local area. The inspection should be thorough. When putting down thousands of dollars on a new home, it beats logic not to be extremely meticulous. Hire a termite inspector who has access to equipment such as thermal imaging cameras, a boroscope, moisture meters and a termite radar for a more comprehensive inspection of your desired property.

If You Suspect A Termite Infestation. If for some reason you suspect that termites have invaded your home, it is probably a good idea to have a termite inspection done. You may have stumbled across mud tubes created by termites on your walls, maybe heard strange noises in the cavity of your walls or discovered an active colony of termites while doing home renovations. Unfortunately, it is very likely that by the time you notice these indicators of a termite infestation that major damage could already have been done. This could lead to a massive repair bill to restore your home. However, if the problem is detected early enough, treatments can be applied to eliminate the termites. Once the termite problem has been treated, it is vital to have regular termite inspections carried out by a thorough and experienced inspector to make sure that the problem does not recur.

Prevention. Finally, the prevention of the termite problem is probably the best course of action and probably the least expensive. Termites are incredibly resourceful, burrowing under tiles and carpet, and also crawling through small crevices and pipes to reach your home. One way you can avoid a termite problem is by eliminating any vegetation near the outer walls of your home. This is not full-proof as the termites can also come from your neighbour's hedge to your home. However, newly built homes are required to have termite barriers installed during construction. This might not be available for older homes, so you should definitely make a point of having them installed for increased protection. Equally, it is especially important to avoid DIY tools to resolve your termite problem. A professional termite inspector is crucial to determine the extent of damage and also to come up with prevention or treatment options for your property.

At the minimum, a termite inspection should be carried out once every year by a qualified and thorough professional. That could be the difference between saving your home and spending an exorbitant amount of money on massive repairs to restore your home.


23 April 2019

Deterring Pests while Protecting Pets

Hello, my name is Mandi, and although I own a number of pets including my dog, two ferrets and a guinea pig, I am utterly afraid of all non-pet creatures in my house. I hold the guinea pigs as I watch TV, and I sleep with my dog, but the idea of a mouse running through the walls makes me incredibly uncomfortable and tense. Since pests are such a trigger issue for me, I have spent a lot of time researching them. I have learned how to get rid of them, but more importantly, how to get rid of them without bothering or putting my pets in danger. If you are trying to balance the wanted and the unwanted creatures in your home, I hope these posts help!