If there’s one infestation you can’t put off dealing with, it’s a termite infestation.
After all, these nasty critters literally make a meal out of your house, and can compromise its structural integrity and safety before you know it. Disturbingly, termites are responsible for over $100 million in damage to Aussie homes each year (and insurance won’t help).
First thing’s first: how do you know if you need a termite inspection, and is this service truly worth the hassle and cost?
In short — yes, it’s worth it.
In fact, termite damage is estimated to affect 1 in 3 homes during their lifetime – yikes!
A comprehensive termite inspection is the best way to prevent an infestation from taking hold, or to stop one in its tracks, as a skilled inspector can identify the warning signs or get rid of termites before they truly establish themselves in your home.
In other words, a proactive inspection can stop the problem before it even starts, and it can save you and your family thousands of dollars.
Worried you’re dealing with termites? You should consider getting a termite inspection if you:
In short, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and an inspection will always be less costly and time-consuming than dealing with a full-blown infestation.
When you schedule a termite inspection, there are a few steps that the pest control company will follow:
1. Prepare For Inspection
When you schedule your inspection, a licensed technician will be scheduled to access your home, yard, and garage.
It’s important to ensure that you can grant the technician access to all areas of your home, including crawl spaces, attics, and garages. This means that you may have to empty the cabinets under the sink or move items away from walls so the technician can thoroughly check what’s going on.
2. Checks For Obvious Signs of Infestation
Your technician will check the interior and exterior of your home for signs of infestation, including live termites, shed wings, mud tubes, evidence of swarms, and buckling paint.
3. Visual and Thermal Inspection
The right technician will likely conduct both a visual and a thermal inspection. The visual inspection, described above, will look for signs of infestation and include tools like a moisture meter, a tapping tool, and a powerful strength torch to check for signs of damage.
The thermal inspection will take things one step further, using the most modern termite detection technology — like Flir thermal imaging cameras and the Termatrac T3I — to detect termite movement or check for smaller, less noticeable structural damage.
4. Document and Share Findings
At the end of the inspection, the technician will document their findings in a comprehensive report — including images and facts about the inspection — that will suggest a plan of action, and give you a quote.
You will not only want to look for a company that follows all of these steps, but also one that:
If termites are found, there are a few options for eradication:
Overall, a termite inspection conducted by a skilled technician is a cost-effective, proactive way to prevent a termite infestation and keep your house safe for years to come.