Termites are one of the biggest threats to properties in Australia. Experts suggest that 2 in 3 homes are exposed to a termite issue. Termites are costing Australians an average of $1.5 Billion in property damage repair and removal every year. If you haven’t had your property damaged due to termites, then you might need to take steps to ensure it never does happen.
Here are the Signs Your Home Needs a Termite Inspection
The activity in your area
When buying a home, there are a lot of factors and things to look out for and one of those is the TIP index. The TIP index is short for the Termite Infestation Probability Zone index measured by the Australian Forestry Commission to help assess the termite activity of a specific area. If you are buying a home or live in an area where the TIP is high, then you need to take measures to ensure that your house is inspected periodically to prevent any damage that might be done due to termites.
Your home is made of wood
One of the most impossible things to do is to make a house ‘termite proof’. That’s near next to impossible. If you are familiar with termites, then you are probably aware of the fact that in most cases, they wouldn’t care about how the exterior of the house looks. This is due to the fact that sometimes, termites burrow through the soil and travel beneath the surface of the soil. What this means is that they can easily avoid the wooden ‘poisoned’ parts of your home’s structure, enter inside your property and start attacking the inside beams.
Your neighbors recently hired a pest control expert
One clear sign that shows you that a termite inspection in Sydney might be due is when such an inspection happens at your neighbor’s place. The reason you should care is that once the neighbor contacts a termite pest control company in Sydney, the termites are likely to migrate in search of safer food sources and guess where they might end up? Yes, your guess is as good as mine.
You found a termite colony nearby
Termites behave more or less like an army. If you see a termite colony close to your home, then it’s a sign that you have to take action. The most common type of termite specie found in Sydney is the West Indian drywood Termite which means that a single colony can contain well up to a million HUNGRY termites vying to eat up your property. Once you find a colony forming anywhere near your property, you should give Masters Pest Control Sydney a call.
You found signs of termite infestation
Apart from colonies, another sign that an inspection might be due is any visible sign of termite activity. If you see a mud tunnel, or damaged wood and even swarmers, it’s a telltale sign that you should call a Termite Inspection Sydney contractor immediately. One other important thing for you to know is that termites sometimes build mud tubes beneath the soil surface and you just sometimes need to be on the lookout for such tunnels as well.
What to look for to identify any termite infestation in your home
Termites eat away timber by consuming them from the inside out. Once they are done, what’s left behind is just a thin veneer of timber or paint. If you knock on a wooden area in your home and hear a hollow sound, that is a clear sign of termite damage.
Throughout the consumption activity of termites, they construct mud tunnels to trap heat and moisture. This allows them to create the perfect environment where they can protect their food source and safely travel to and fro. Usually, the mud can be seen behind plasterboards, brick foundations and architraves of doors.
These mud tubes can also cause timber to swell, making the fit of a window or door too tight. If you find it hard to open a door or close a window, this could likely be an effect of termite damage.
As termites continue to munch on timber, the structural integrity of the material is degraded. If you look closer, you’ll spot cracks in door jams and in cornices. You will start feeling that the flooring beneath you has softened and you’ll notice that your vacuum goes through the skirting board.
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Count on the Masters Pest Control in Sydney to help you recognise early warning signs and alert you of a potential termite infestation. Call 02 8007 4666 today to book a termite inspection with our friendly termite exterminators.