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How to Detect Termites – Termite Inspection Canberra

The CSIRO recommends termite inspection as a bare minimum an annual termite inspection is essential to every property owner in order to find out how to detect termites in the early stages. However, it must be done by an experienced, licensed and reliable pest control professionals, such as A1 Pest Control Canberra. This article, we’ll guide you what you can ask and what you must look for in a pest control service provider.

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In Australia, there are over 300 species of termites but only a few cause problems. The termite that causes the most damage is the white ants (subterranean termites). Who any materials that have cellulose-containing materials such as timber are their main source of food.

Termites eat homes and commercial buildings timbers from the inside and leave only a thin layer as the guard from the outside environment, which causes major structural and economic damages.

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How to detect termites?

Termite infestation leaves some indication such as follows:

There are several factors that affect termite inspection and activity. The factors that greatly impact their activity is the temperature, rainfall, and also the house’s age. If you find termite inspection activity in your home, do not disturb the termites as the termites will go deeper underground and move to another location and will be more difficult to detect.

Termites don’t only eat the structural timbers of your house, they also eat your furniture, fabrics, paper products, clothing, and non-cellulose materials such as building sealants, rigid foam insulation, and soft plastics.

  1. How to lessen the risk of termites?
  1. The different approaches to termite inspection and management

The Building Code of Australia mandates all new homes and extensions to have a readily available termite inspection and management system in all areas except for Tasmania as the termite risk there is inconsequential. If your home is built after July 1995, you must have a ‘durable notice’ of treatment attached to a noticeable position in the building (near the meter box or near the entrance to a crawl space). Furthermore, the following information should be listed on the said notice:

Whenever building a new home or whenever doing a substantial renovation, you must ensure you install the appropriate physical or chemical barriers. The barriers are easier to install at the time of construction.

Physical termite barriers are permanent and non-toxic. It does not require maintenance or renewal. Although physical barriers won’t kill termites, it will prevent termites from accessing your home. Moreover, there are several types of physical barriers such as termite shields, woven stainless steel mesh, composite systems, and reticulation systems.

Types of Physical Termite Barriers

Chemical termite barriers can be applied under, around a concrete slab or around the building piers or footings the termite inspection…

Here are the chemicals used in termite inspection and management:

Monitoring and bait stations

Monitoring and bait stations are a more expensive option due to the fact that they don’t stop termites they merely monitor them and in the long run they work out to be more expensive and we recommend either chemical or physical barriers to be installed instead.

How termite baiting stations work:

It is not a good idea to use the monitoring and bait station as the only method of termite management because there is no guarantee that the termites will reach the bait.

  1. Obtaining Quotations

Termite treatment varies in cost depending on linear metre requirements for chemical barrier or physical barrier measurements   and product selected to do the job, price range $1,300 – $5,000. This price range given is for preventative treatment not taking into account of another several thousand dollars for any damage repairs.

If there is a need for a termite treatment:

Questions to ask pest control companies:

  1. Pest and Termite Inspection

Termite inspection usually costs around $250 – $350, depending on the size, style and ease of access. Annual termite inspection is recommended, even more so if your house is located in an area with high termite risk.

Ensure you are present during the inspection so you can be free to ask questions as you go around the property.
Check the following are checked by the termite technician.

The pest inspection report should include the following:

  1. Requirements in licensing for inspectors and pest controllers

Do you know that licensing requirements for timber pest inspectors vary from state to state and they do have different requirements for this? To be honest, asking the pest inspector about their experiences in managing timber pests is more important than just checking their license.

The Australian standards require a pest inspector to possess a certain amount of technical knowledge and experience. Second, they should have knowledge about local building practices and the habits of termites, such as where they’re likely to be found and different indications of manifestation.

In order for a timber pest inspector to gain that level of proficiency, they should possess these various elements:

Accreditation programs and industry associations

The Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) is the major industry association that sets standards for the pest management industries. It represents pest managers and administrators PestCert so that one would know that a specific pest management company meets the accreditation standards.

In order for a pest company to gain a PestCert accreditation, a pest manager should, first show exploratory learnings, skills, and experience with the up-to-date pest management technologies, practices, and tools. Secondly, they stick to the code of conduct. Lastly, one should be committed to maintaining on-going professional development.

  1. Insurance

Upon getting quotes, request for their professional indemnity and public insurance. You must also ask to see their certificates of currency.

  1. Warranties

Learn about the various warranties behind each of the products that has been recommended to you. In the case of BASF Termidor chemical termite barriers you should rest easy at night knowing that you have 8 years $2M protection against termites ever returning. Ask the technician about the different termite warranties and if it requires you to have annual termite inspections to keep the warranty valid.

Call our team who are termite professionals for all domestic and commercial termite inspection and management strategies and termite treatments on 0407 065 413.

Hoping you now know the importance of knowing termite inspection and what you need to do to prevent the termite inspection .