“I have a brand new home with a cement slab and a metal frame. I don’t think I need a termite inspection.”
Steel frames are termite resistant, but unfortunately, not all materials that are attached to it are. Over time, termites have developed appetites for materials such as plasterboard, cupboards, inbuilt kitchens and robes, electrical cables, door frames and skirting boards.
It doesn’t stop there! They can also cause damage to paper products, fabric, clothing, soft plastics and rigid foam insulation. Termites can work their way up a structure, eating insulation along the way to get to wooden beams, roof supports, and more.
The Building Code of Australia requires that all new homes and extensions have a termite management system in place (except Tasmania where the termite risk is negligible). Termite management systems include physical or chemical barriers that are installed/serviced by professional pest controllers. These may include a physical termite barrier, chemical soil treatments or reticulation systems.
Ensure that you place the future of your home into trusted hands and use a licensed pest controller. Ensure that the systems used have regulatory approval and are long lasting. This is not the time to skim over terms and conditions nor warranty information.
It’s recommended to have a termite inspection at least once a year, or more often if you live in areas with high termite risk. Termite inspections are required to keep some warranties valid – so take the time to read service agreements and discuss this with your professional pest controller.
You secure your home against theft, accidents, and other mishaps with insurance. Are you leaving it open to destruction from termites?
Annual termite inspections are essential for early detection of termite activity on the property to prevent the potential for large scale damage and expensive repairs. Inspections also assess the conditions that make a property more susceptible to wood destroying organisms and minimise the risk of attack.
What happens at an inspection?
During a termite inspection, areas are inspected both inside and outside the home. These include accessible timbers under the house and roof, gardens, fences, trees and stumps, and any other structures or trees in close proximity to the main building. A licensed professional will assess any accessible termite barriers and check if they are effective. A pest inspection report will be supplied highlighting any termite activity. If necessary, a termite management plan detailing methods, costs and options.
Termite Control Experts will use their experience and professional training to carry out a comprehensive inspection of your home. The comprehensive report is provided at every termite inspection and include in-depth details including weather, wood types for your entire premise.
Your first step should be to arrange a thorough inspection of your property to confirm their presence. Don’t forget an annual termite inspection is the best protection against termites.