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Termites can cause extensive and costly damage before you even realise you have a pest problem.
The invasive insects are known as silent destroyers and eat wood from the inside out.
Consequently, their presence is often difficult to detect unless you really know what you’re looking for.
They’re also very sneaky creatures that will chew their way through parts of your home you hardly ever inspect very closely.
If you suspect you have a problem with the wood-destroying insects contact the professionals at Pro Termites for an immediate termite inspection of your home or business.
Our termite inspectors are trained to identify the potential sites of termite activity such as entry points that are easily missed by the untrained eye.
Consider it a health check for your property that will reveal the presence of termites and any maintenance issues that can make your building more likely to be attacked by the destructive insects.
What is Included in a Termite Inspection?
During a termite inspection, one of our professional termite inspectors will carry out a thorough visual examination of the interior and exterior of your property to identify evidence of past and current termite activity.
They will start at the front door then move from room to room, checking for signs of infestation and damage or decay.
An inspector will inspect doorframes, furniture, wall surfaces, floors, ceilings, wooden skirting boards, window sills and window frames.
Additionally, the inspector will check attics and sub-spaces such as basements and crawlspaces.
After conducting a comprehensive inspection of the home’s interior, the inspector will move to the exterior and examine exterior walls, eaves, garages, sheds, tree stumps and the perimeter of your home. Special attention will be paid to damp and dark places.
Termite inspectors also use modern technologies and hi-tech devices including thermal imaging cameras that can detect things that are invisible to the naked eye.
This approach involves infrared cameras to detect changes in heat patterns that are the result of termite activity.
The technology can pinpoint the exact location of an infestation.
The inspector can also use a moisture meter to indirectly identify termite infestations within a building’s walls, ceilings and floors. Subterranean termites often build their nests in wall cavities where moisture collects such as when there is faulty guttering or leaking pipes.
The insects also bring moisture into the wooden structures they are attacking.
Therefore, if moisture readings are higher than the levels commonly found in these materials, this could be evidence of a termite presence.
What Exactly Does A Termite Inspector Look For?
During a termite inspection, an inspector will look for visible signs of infestation, including wood damage, termite droppings, mud tubes, termite exit holes and discarded wings.
The inspector will also check for conditions that are conducive to termite activity such as moisture issues, wood to soil contacts and improper drainage.
A comprehensive termite inspection of a property’s interior and exterior by Pro Termites typically takes about one and a half to two hours depending on the size and condition of the building.
A written report with detailed findings is prepared for you within 24-48 hours of your termite inspection being completed.
If termite evidence or damage is found, the inspector will provide you with a list of recommended repairs and treatments.
How Often Should You Get a Termite Inspection?
Termite infestations are incredibly difficult to detect without a full inspection.
Therefore, being proactive and scheduling an annual inspection ensures a termite problem is found before it gets out of hand and puts a huge dent in your finances to make right.