Many customers believe that termites are the only pest that is being looked for during a termite Inspection. Termites are not the only pest that damage the timbers in your home. There are three other pests that are 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, hot water 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. Moisture is just one of dozens of conditions around your home that can make it attractive for timber pests to attack.
Below is an example of two different conditions which will also attract timber pests. On the left are boxes directly on the floor under a house. Termites will eat cardboard boxes. And on the right bark chips are against the house and the concrete slab edge is concealed.
External gardens covering ventilation as pictured below is also a serious environmental condition.
What does timber pest damage look like?
Timber pest damage can look very different depending on the type of pest attacking. Below the photo on the left shows subterranean termites that have built a shelter tube up a pier and from there are attacking the timber in the structure. On the right, a timber fence with active subterranean termites attacking it.
Wood decay fungi takes a few forms, here is what it can look like. Wood decay fungi can easily destroy the structural integrity of timber. You can see that the flooring timbers and structural flooring are all affected by wood decay fungi.
How can I prevent timber pests damaging my home?
Environmental conditions can be found almost every home in Stanthorpe. 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 ess 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 termite problem, contact Amalgamated Pest Control Stanthorpe for advice.