Termite infestations can cause extensive damage to properties. Damage can cause thousands of dollars to repair. Some buildings may even need to demolished if the damage is irreparable. This is why it is essentially that all properties are routinely inspected for termites. When identified early, these infestations can be controlled and eradicated before they spread to other parts of the property. It is important to call a qualified pest control operator who specialises in termite infestations to inspect your property.
What takes place during a termite inspection?
Initially the termite inspector will take a thorough look at your property and they will ask you key questions including the age of the property. As a property ages, it becomes more susceptible to termite infestations, especially if it consists of wooden framework. The inspector will assess whether your property's condition makes it susceptible to termites. If they do not find any sign of termites, they will give you a range of effective preventative measures to minimise termite infestation. At the conclusion of the inspection, you will be given a report of the findings. If termites are found, the inspector will advise you with regards to the best treatment option.
Identifying signs of termite infestation
Prior to inspection, there are certain signs of termite infestation you can identify yourself. These include the following:
- Visible damage to wooden structures in your property. These are characterised by black, uneven material lining the surfaces. This material is actually a combination of termite saliva, faeces and soil and covers the wooden areas damaged by termites.
- Swarms of termites. You may even see swarms of termites around your property, or a few inside your house. You can use a household vacuum for immediate cleanup before you call a professional.
How is an infestation treated?
Depending upon the severity of the infestation, different measures will be recommended. If the infestation is in its initial stages, then you will first be given some preventative measures. However if the infestation is quite advanced, then a baiting system may be employed. In this system bait boxes are placed strategically around the property. A bait substance toxic only to termites is placed inside the box. The termites will enter the box, consume this substance and take it back to their colony. In this way the entire colony of termites can be eradicated.
The termite inspector will determine the course of action based upon the species of termite.