Many customers believe that termites are the only pest that is being looked for during a Timber Pest Inspection. Termites are not the only pest of timber which attack homes. There are three pest capable of damaging timber; Termites, Borers and Wood Decay Fungi. A timber pest inspection is designed to look for signs of all three of these pests.
It’s also important to distinguish the difference between a timber pest or termite inspection and a termite check.
What does a timber pest inspection include?
In conjunction with inspecting for timber pests, we are also assessing the environmental conditions in and around your home that make your premises more susceptible to attack from timber pests. Conducive environmental conditions play a major role in encouraging timber pests onto your property. Many home owners would not realise the relationship of the environment around the home and timber pest activity. The environment plays a major role in timber pest attack.
What’s the difference between a termite inspection and termite check?
As mentioned, a termite inspection or timber pest inspection is a comprehensive inspection for signs of timber pest activity and environmental factors that could increase the chance of these pests entering your home. A termite check typically does not cover these aspects and often includes a brief look around your home with little attention to underlying factors. Always ask your pest control technician what an inspection will include.
What attracts timber pests to a home?
One major environmental condition commonly found at the vast majority of homes is moisture. This is one of the main contributing factors in subterranean termites nesting within or close to structures. Excessive or unnecessary sources of moisture will also entice foraging subterranean termites into your property as they love a food source close to a moisture source. Look out for Plumbing problems such as leaking showers, unsealed tap flanges, leaking taps, cracks in pipes, blocked drains, hotwater system and/or air conditioning overflows draining at the base of the building. Look out for roof drainage issues such as damaged down-pipes and/or guttering. Downpipes should be fixed into proper drainage, not just draining to the base of the building. Poor surface drainage. Inadequate ventilation in sub-floors.
How can I prevent timber pests damaging my home?
The most effective way to begin an effective management strategy for your home is to have a timber pest inspection and report conducted as per the Australian Standards which will point out all the conditions that need to be rectified to make your home less susceptible to attack. An inspection will also allow the inspector to formulate a Property Management Plan to ensure your home is protected from future attack from timber Pests.
If you’re concerned you might have a timber pest problem, contact Amalgamated Pest Control Sydney for advice.