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What are termites (or white ants as they are also known)?
Termites are an ancient order of insects whose origins date back more than 100 million years. Although they are commonly called ‘white ants’, the resemblance to ants is superficial and they are more closely related to cockroaches.
Termites are social insects, working and living together in colonies. Each colony contains several types’ castes which differ in body shape and behaviour, and each caste is specialised to perform different tasks. Three principal castes are recognised: workers, soldiers and reproductives (the primary king and queen and sometimes supplementary reproductives).
Why Choose Clean & Green Pest Managers for Termite Inspection
Why you should consider using Clean & Green Pest Managers for your next termite inspection:
- Expertise and Experience: Clean & Green Pest Managers have extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with termite infestations. Their trained technicians are equipped with the necessary skills to identify and assess termite damage accurately. They can provide you with professional advice and recommendations based on their expertise.
- Environmentally-Friendly Approach: As their name suggests, Clean & Green Pest Managers prioritize environmentally-friendly pest control methods. They employ strategies that minimize the use of harmful chemicals, reducing the impact on the environment and your health. By choosing Clean & Green Pest Managers, you can be confident that your termite inspection will be conducted with eco-consciousness in mind.
- Thorough Inspection: Clean & Green Pest Managers are committed to providing a comprehensive termite inspection. They utilize advanced equipment and techniques to detect termites, even in hard-to-reach areas. By thoroughly checking your property for any signs of termite activity, they can ensure that all potential infestations are identified and addressed promptly.
- Tailored Solutions: Clean & Green Pest Managers understand that every termite infestation is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach may not be effective. They offer customized solutions based on the specific needs of your property. Whether it’s preventive measures, treatment options, or ongoing monitoring, Clean & Green Pest Managers will tailor their services to fit your requirements.
- Customer Satisfaction: Clean & Green Pest Managers prioritize customer satisfaction. They strive to exceed your expectations by providing exceptional service and maintaining open communication throughout the inspection process. You can trust that they will prioritize your concerns and work towards resolving any termite issues efficiently and effectively.
What areas are inspected during a termite inspection?
A visual termite inspection, in accordance with AS3660.2, involves a thorough examination of a property to identify any signs of termite activity or conditions that may be conducive to termite infestation. Here are the key components typically included in a visual termite inspection:
1. External Inspection:
- Examining the exterior of the property, including the foundation walls, exterior walls, and landscaping features.
- Assessing any potential entry points, such as gaps, cracks, or openings in the building structure.
- Inspecting trees, stumps, fences, and other structures adjacent to the property that may attract or harbor termites.
2. Internal Inspection:
- Investigating the interior of the property, including all accessible rooms, attics, basements, crawlspaces, and utility areas.
- Examining walls, ceilings, floors, and other structural elements for signs of termite activity, such as mud tubes or damaged wood.
- Checking for moisture issues, leaks, or ventilation problems that could contribute to termite infestation.
3. Subfloor Inspection:
- Inspecting the subfloor area of the property, if applicable, by accessing crawlspaces or removing access hatches.
- Assessing the condition of subfloor timbers, plumbing, and drainage systems for potential termite attraction or damage.
4. Roof Void Inspection:
- Conducting a visual inspection of the roof void or attic space, if accessible, to check for any termite activity or damage.
- Examining roof timbers, insulation, and any ventilation points for potential termite entry or presence.
- Documenting all findings, including any evidence of termite activity, damage, or conditions conducive to termite infestation.
- Providing recommendations for termite treatment, prevention, or further investigation if necessary.
- Issuing a written report detailing the inspection results, including photographs and diagrams as needed.
Please note that a visual termite inspection is a non-invasive assessment and does not involve the use of specialized equipment. If additional testing or specialized inspections are required, it is advisable to consult with professionals.
What are the termite inspectors looking for
During a termite inspection, a termite technician is primarily looking for signs of termite activity and damage in and around a building. Some specific things they might look for include:
- Mud tubes: These are pencil-sized tubes made of soil and termite saliva, which termites use to travel between their underground colony and a food source.
- Termite wings: After swarming, termites shed their wings, so finding discarded wings near windowsills or other areas could be an indication of termite activity.
- Wood damage: Termites feed on wood from the inside out, leaving behind a thin layer of wood or even hollowed-out sections. The technician will inspect wooden structures, such as beams, rafters, and framing, for any signs of damage.
- Moisture sources:Termites are attracted to moisture, so the technician will also
- 5. Moisture sources: Termites are attracted to moisture, so the technician will also look for any sources of water damage, leaks, or excessive moisture in the building, as these can create conducive conditions for termite infestations.
- 6. Other evidence: The technician will also look for any other telltale signs of termite infestation, such as bubbling or peeling paint, buckling or sagging floors, and swollen or damaged drywall.
- Overall, the termite technician aims to identify any active termite infestations, assess the extent of damage, and provide recommendations for termite control and prevention measures.
Types of Termite Inspections and Termite Categories
What are the different types of termite inspections?
A standard termite detection report, a timber pest inspection, and a pre-purchase inspection are all related to assessing and reporting on the presence of termites and other timber pests in a property. However, there are some differences between them:
- Standard Termite Detection Report: This type of report focuses specifically on the detection and identification of termite activity and damage. It usually involves a visual inspection of accessible areas of the property, including internal and external spaces, roof voids, and subfloor areas. The report provides information on any existing termite activity, previous damage, and recommendations for termite control and prevention.
- Timber Pest Inspection: A timber pest inspection is a broader assessment that covers not only termites but also other timber pests such as borers and wood decay fungi. It involves inspecting the property for any timber-related issues that could potentially cause damage. This type of inspection may include a more comprehensive examination of timber structures, including fences, decks, and outbuildings, in addition to the main dwelling.
- Pre-Purchase Inspection: A pre-purchase inspection is typically conducted as part of the property buying process. It encompasses a thorough assessment of the property’s overall condition, including identifying any structural or pest-related issues. While a pre-purchase inspection may include a termite detection and timber pest assessment, it also evaluates other aspects like building integrity, plumbing, electrical systems, and more. The purpose is to provide the potential buyer with a comprehensive understanding of the property’s condition and potential risks before finalizing the purchase.
What are the different categories of termites?
Termites can be grouped into three basic categories:
Subterranean termites are the main termite group that poses the greatest threat to homes, buildings, and timber in service in Australia. They are ground-dwelling and require contact with the soil or some constant source of moisture. The three main species of subterranean termites responsible for the majority of the damage to Sydney homes are Coptotermes acinaciformis, Schedorhinotermes, and Nasutitermes. Termite attack is often unwittingly encouraged by human intervention in providing termites with moist conditions ideal for their establishment and development.
Subterranean termites build their passages underground, commonly in the top 200 mm of soil. From these passages, they attack timber in the ground or construct earthen tubes up various surfaces until they reach a food source. These passages can extend under areas such as roadways, paths, and concrete slabs. Once in contact with their food source, they begin to excavate the wood.
Most Common Subterranean Termite Species in Sydney
Common Types of Termites:
- Schedorhinotermes Intermedius: Common in south-east Queensland, these termites can cause significant damage to hardwood timbers. They have multiple nesting points in dead tree stumps, native trees, or underground. Finding the source of the infestation can be challenging as they travel across the property. They target weathered or moist areas of the home and can even reduce solid hardwood to shambles.
- Coptotermes acinaciformis: Considered the most destructive termite species in Australia, Coptotermes acinaciformis forms large colonies and can be found anywhere on the mainland. They nest in gum trees, old tree stumps, logs, and even behind retaining walls. They have a bold nature and can be found far from their nest, causing significant damage in a short time.
- Nasutitermes Walkeri: Easily identifiable by their dark coloring and single sharp point on the head of the soldier caste, Nasutitermes Walkeri can be found in eastern New South Wales and south-east Queensland. They create dark-colored mud mounds as nests in bushland areas but often reside in roof cavities. While they can nest in homes, they mostly feed on decaying hardwood, resulting in minimal timber damage.
Here are some frequently asked questions about termite inspections:
Why is a termite inspection important?
A termite inspection is crucial for detecting any current or potential termite infestations in a building. Early detection allows for prompt treatment, preventing extensive damage and costly repairs.
I had a termite inspection when I bought my property and it was all clear do I really need to do it again
Yes, it is highly recommended to have regular termite inspections, even if your property had a clear inspection in the past. Termite infestations can occur at any time, and the absence of termites during a previous inspection does not guarantee future protection. Regular inspections help to detect any new termite activity and prevent potential damage. It is best to consult with a professional termite technician who can advise on the frequency of inspections based on your property’s location and other factors.
How often should I schedule a termite inspection?
It is recommended to have a professional termite inspection at least once a year. However, if you live in an area prone to termite activity or have a history of termite problems, more frequent inspections may be necessary.
What happens during a termite inspection?
During a termite inspection, a trained technician will thoroughly examine your property for signs of termite activity, such as mud tubes, wood damage, or discarded wings. They will inspect both the interior and exterior of the building, including the basement, attic, crawl spaces, and foundation.
How long does a termite inspection take?
The duration of a termite inspection depends on the size of the property and the extent of the inspection required. On average, a thorough inspection can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours.
Do I need to prepare my home for a termite inspection?
You should ensure easy access to areas that need to be inspected. Clearing clutter, moving furniture away from walls, and providing access to basements, attics, and crawl spaces will help the technician conduct a more comprehensive inspection.
What happens if termites are found during the inspection?
If termites are detected during the inspection, the technician will provide recommendations for treatment options. This may include localized treatments or the implementation of a comprehensive termite management plan.
How much does a termite inspection cost?
The cost of a termite inspection can vary depending on factors such as the size of the property and the location. It is best to contact a reputable pest control company for a quote based on your specific needs.
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If you have any questions about removing termites and white ants from your home or business premises, contact the team at Clean and Green Pest Management for obligation free advice. We are your local Northern Beaches pest inspectors specialising in both traditional and the green pest control methods that are safe for your family and pets. Our licensed termite controllers can advise you on the safest and most sustainable ways to control and eradicate termites from your property.