Termites are the most destructive timber pets in the world. They can cause mora damage to properties, then any other natural disaster, such as fire, storm, or earthquake. Annually, they make billions of dollars of damage.
Nowadays, some inspection agencies will offer free termite letters with each home inspection. On the other hand, if you want to test these waters and perform a home inspection, then we have a couple of tips for you.
Recognize termite activity
There are a couple of visible signs of termite activity. First of all, you might notice brownish tubes these pests build for protection, or sagging floors and doors, or destroyed paint and plaster.
Electrical installations and fittings are another convenient places for termite nesting. They can chew cords and cause power failures. For detailed inspection, a professional pest inspection is required.
What tools should a pest inspector have?
When inspecting a site, a pest inspector should bring a long probe, moisture meter, thermal image camera, ladder, torch, and a magnifying glass. Of course, some of them have a wide range of sophisticated equipment. It all depends on the company you hire.
What area should be inspected?
In general, all timber under the floor and roof. You shouldn’t neglect the structure outside of your house, such as garden, fences, and others timber structure on your property.
What should nest inspector look for?
When coming to inspect a site, nest inspector should look for early signs of termite infestation, for instance, termite nests, wood borers, rotten wood, and any current or previous termite activity.
However, keep in mind that pest inspection will only see the visible signs. But, anything hidden, or what lies beneath will stay unnoticed.
Type of damage
There are a couple of things you can expect with a termite infestation. It can include structural damage, like floors, floor joists, wall frames, and roof structure.
Additionally, termites don’t only focus on timber; they can also chew everything else such as furniture, fabric, and clothing.
You should pay attention to your location. In some cases, termites can come from contaminated trees and neighboring houses.
What are your options with termite infestation?
In this case, chemical treatment is the only solution. Nowadays, many companies use synthetic pyrethroids. This is a natural product, which other has a low odor, it’s non-toxic, and it’s safe for people, children, and pets.
With this product, you don’t have to empty your empty your cupboards because it will dry within an hour and doesn’t leave stains. On the other hand, if the floor is concrete, then you need to drill holes 30cm apart, around the slab. This will help you inject the poison and eliminate the nest.
How much does it cost?
When it comes to expenses, it all depends on the property size. But, some average price would be between $300-$500. However, before you hire a company, make sure to get a quote, and later compare the prices and services.