Termites are well known for causing serious damage to homes, resulting in expensive repair bills that are not covered under your home insurance policy.
Recently we performed a termite inspection at a home in Caboolture. As our technicians commenced the inspection, they began to discover an extreme level of termite activity.
Problem was a very large with a termite nest (pic 1) located in a roof void and termites entering the property through points from two water pipes (pic 2) behind where a transfer nest was also found (pic 3). The nest in the roof had access to water from the valleys where the two roofs meet. Because it had a water source the termite nest was sufficient enough for the colony to survive an extended period of time. Without treatment the termites would spread and do even more damage. Pictures 5 and 6 show the extent of the damage to the roof timbers.
The technician and supervisor removed the nest (pic 4) and dusted active termites in the roof timbers and foamed the area where the termites nest was located by water pipe penetrations. The nest was broken open off site to see if the queen could be located (pic 7).
Why Get A Timber Inspection?
Annual timber pest inspections are crucial to ensuring your home is not under attack from timber pests such as termites. Termites conceal themselves very well within voids and usually by the time the homeowner notices a problem it is too late. If termites remain undetected in a building for a long time they can literally destroy a home and it can obviously become quite expensive. The damage bill can and regularly does run into the tens of thousands of dollars, especially when structural timbers are damaged.
How to treat termites
A timber pest inspection will cover all readily accessible areas of your property – Internal, external, roof void, sub-floor and outbuildings (sheds, garages etc). Timber pest inspections take approximately 2 hours to complete on an average sized 3 bedroom home and our Timber Pest Inspectors will build a detailed written report on – 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 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. Once the timber pest inspection is complete we can provide you with a property management proposal plan that best suits your home to ensure that it is protected in the future against attack from termites.
At Amalgamated Pest Control, we have highly trained and customers focused timber pest technicians and we have a great range of products and management options to suit all construction methods. Don’t take the chance of termite infestation damage and costly repairs, book in a timber inspection today.
Top Tips – Things to look out for
- Tree stumps (as shown in the photos) but not just large tree stumps – any timber lying on the ground.
- Make sure your weep holes in your brick work are above ground level.
- Any moisture against the building – leaking plumbing/taps etc.
- Gardens too close to your home.
- Structures that are attached to the building which may create concealed termite access.Still concerned?
If you would like more information on how to manage termite problems at your property, call Amalgamated Pest Control Tweed Heads.