Finding termites can be a shock and quite upsetting. We have all heard the horror stories of homes so damaged they are structurally unstable and families that have been devestated by huge repair bills. Prevention is the best cure, but if you have already found termites in your property then read through the following important information before you do anything.
Termite infestations are usually discovered by accident . Termites travel in what are called 'mud tubes' and keep themselves concealed between walls, in roof and sub floor voids and ocasionally in furniture. Signs of termites may include mud tubes, discoloured, flaking or bubbling paint, soft spots in the wall or door/window frames, swollen timbers, electrical connection problems and sometimes small piles of dirt, often hidden in the corners of cupboards.
Termites are often (incorrectly) called 'white ants' because of their appearance. If you have found an area with the above signs and the presence of small white looking ants, unfortunatley you may have found termites in your property.
If you have found termites what can you do?
The most important thing you can do is NOT disturb them any further.
You may be tempted to spray them with insect or surface spray and clean up the dirt and damage. Don't! Our aim is to eradicate live termites from your home and the best results are achieved by treatment of special products directly to the live termites and their workings. By disturbing them further they may retreat and block off the area from their network of tunnels which lead back to the nest. This makes treatment much more difficult and much less successful.
Secondly, don't panic!
If you have found termites it is likely they have been there for some time and they will not cause significant amounts of damage in a few days. Your first step is to have the property inspected by a technician qualified and experienced in termite work. At Mr PEST our technicians and inspectors are trade qualified, accredited and have extensive experience in all types of termite applications.
What if you have already disturbed the termites?
Again, don't panic. Don't disturb them any further and arrange an inspection as soon as possible. There are still treatment options available if you have disturbed the termites and we will be able to provide information on the suitable treatment options. Finding termites is a good thing, as you can now take steps to eradicate them. Imagine the damage they could continue to cause if you had not found them.
What is involved in an inspection?
If you have found something that you suspect may be termites, Contact Us to arrange a free inspection and quote. During this visit we will complete a limited inspection of the property and an assess the situation. We will determine if what you have found is in fact termites and provide you with a termite treatment plan and free quote.
Who do you book an inspection with?
Us of course! However if you would like to seek another assessment here are some tips on choosing a reputable company:
Take your time, find a good inspector and get a written quote detailing everything included in the treatment plan.
Check if they are trade qualified, licensed, accredited inspectors and what termite systems they are accredited to install.
Ask what insurances the company holds. Up to 50% of the pest industry are not adequatley insured!* We currently hold Public Liability, Professional Indenmnity and Workers Compensation Insurances for your peace of mind.
Check if they are members of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association.
Ask if their paperwork and treatments are compliant with Australian Standards.
And of course assess if they are friendly, knowledgeable and willing to answer any concerns you may have.
* Source: Rapid Solutions
Most property owners are concerned with risks such as fire and flood. You may be surprised to know that the annual cost of subterranean termite damage in Australia is estimated to be greater than that of fires, storms and floods combined. The damage caused by termites is not covered by your home building or contents insurance. Prevention is the best cure and regular inspections of all properties, regardless of construction type and age, is a must!
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