It is said that in Australia alone subterranean termites cause about one billion dollars worth of damage EVERY YEAR. Vigilant termite management and prevention is essential to safeguard the value of your home.
How many times have we carried out a pre-purchase building and pest inspection on a home for a prospective and enthusiastic purchaser only to find that the seller did not have a consistent method of termite control in place which had allowed termites to do their damage. The enthusiasm of the buyer very quickly wanes and the seller is left with an expensive fix-up job on his hands and a jeopardized sale of his house.
Termites eat cellulose. That means wood, mulch, paper, cardboard, fabrics made of cotton and other plant-based materials, leather and even polystyrene. But that is not where the destruction starts and ends. They will also penetrate and damage non-cellulose materials, including plasterboard, stucco, plastics, neoprene, vinyl and rubber to get to their food source. Termites are relentless eating ‘machines’. It is a mistake to think that if the termites are in the garden that’s OK because they will eat the garden before the house. Not true. If the house is not protected and swarming season comes around they will scatter and create even more nests of destruction wherever the food source is. It is only a mater of time.
Termites (commonly called white ants) need a source of food and water to thrive and build their nests and mud tunnels. The most fundamental thing you can do to help manage against termite infestation is to remove food sources around the house especially moist decaying timber in contact with the soil. It is just as important to avoid any leaking water either from outside taps or internal plumbing.
Termites are more likely to infest a structure if the soil around it is constantly moist. This means that blocked drains, damaged down pipes, roof or plumbing leaks are all invitations for termites to colonize above the ground without soil contact at all.
A good termite inspector who is a certified thermographer is more likely to detect these “hidden” moisture problems in walls or behind showers by scanning with an infrared thermal imaging camera, which may give reason to further investigate through a more invasive inspection to detect the presence of live termites which would otherwise be missed as the naked eye cannot “see” what infrared thermal imaging can “see”.
Frequent inspection should always be included in a termite management program and that means AT LEAST once every 12 months, to protect your investment.
The main reasons homeowners do not invest in this vigilant program is because they think the cost of annual inspections is expensive (compare the cost of an annual inspection to the cost of later finding termite damage which insurance may not cover), or they are relying on the chemical/physical barrier previously installed by the builder is sufficient protection. They do not realise that all barriers can be breached.
We recommend Infrared Thermal Imaging because…
what you can’t see can really hurt you! Call us today to make an appointment for a thorough termite inspection check of your house and garden 07 54765550