In Australia there are many pests that can get into your home. Pests such as cockroaches, ants, spiders and rodents are all unwelcome in our homes and if they get in can be quite easy to get rid of. There is one pest however that owners of homes should be doing everything they can to keep them out of their investment and that is termites.
Termites vs White Ants – what’s the difference?
Termites are often referred to as ‘White Ants’ due to their appearance. Both Termites and Ants are social insects living in large colonies of many insects but that is where the similarities stop. Termites are not at all related to ants, they are more closely related to cockroaches.
Once they get into your home they start to cause damage. And the longer that they go unnoticed, the more damage they will cause. Damage can do and regularly does get into the tens of thousands which is why you do not want them in your house going unnoticed. The most important thing a home owner should be doing is having a regular termite inspection. These are generally done on an annual basis, unless the pressure on a particular structure is higher and therefore more frequent inspections are usually recommended.
What damage do they cause?
When dealing with termites the real cost is the damage to timber that they cause. The termite inspection cost is a small spend when looking at a property that may be worth half a million dollars or more. We see far too often, a homeowner that has not had their annual inspection and termites have been active in their house for several years. By the time the owner realises and contacts Amalgamated Pest Control, termites have caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
We get calls every day with home owners wanting a white ant inspection or a termite inspection or termite check. It is important to know that while termites are the most economically destructive timber pest, there are additional timber pests that attack timber structures. Termites, wood borers and wood decay fungi are all capable of severely damaging the timber in your home. A timber pest inspection is designed to look for signs of all three of these pests and provide information to the homeowner on how best to reduce the risk of attack from timber pests.
How do I protect my home against termites?
Given that most insurers generally don’t cover termite damage, your annual timber pest inspection should be looked at as a type of self-insurance. The best way to manage your property against pests that destroy timber is to have a professional inspect it at least annually. A timber pest inspection will cover all accessible areas of your home. Our timber pest inspectors will build a detailed written report on – any visual evidence of timber pest activity and the extent of the timber pest activity and/or timber pest damage located. How susceptible your property is to timber pest attack, by looking at elements in the environment of your property which will make it more conducive to infestation and make recommendations for improving the environment around the property, making it less attractive to termites and other timber pests. Once inspecting your property we can also formulate a Property Management Plan to protect your investment against future attack and costly damage.
There can be several options to a Property Management Plan in regards to managing termites. Amalgamated Pest Control will give you every treatment option available to your property. We will educate you on the different treatment options and allow you to choose which option is right for you and your property.
If you would like more information and help on how to manage termite problems at your property, call Amalgamated Pest Control Stanthorpe.