It is very important that you have your home inspected at least annually for termites, especially here on the Sunshine Coast where the climate is warm and with a high annual rainfall which creates the perfect conditions for termites to thrive.
Early detection and treatment of a destructive termite colony will prevent more extensive damage to your property and could save you a large financial headache.
You insure your car and home contents, therefore with your home probably being the largest financial asset you have it makes sense to have it frequently assessed for termites. This is essential as general house insurance will not cover termite damage.
An inspection comprises of a non-invasive visual inspection to reasonably accessible areas for evidence of timber pests and the damage they may have caused.
The Sunshine Coast provides the perfect warm and wet climate in which termites thrive and there are many species here that unfortunately do pose a risk to our timber properties.
The majority of termites we tend to see come under a large group known as subterranean termites but there are a few other groups that also pose a threat.
These subterranean termites eat cellulose, starches and sugars that they obtain from wood and build ‘mud-tubes’ to travel between their nest and food source or when they are foraging.
You may have sometimes heard of termites incorrectly being referred to as ‘white ants’. Apart from both being insects and living in colonies, termites are unrelated to ants and are in fact more closely related to cockroaches and praying mantises.
Managed risk of further termite infestation from either:
A chemical barrier which will deter concealed access of termites to your building. The treated zone will contaminate those termites that come into contact with it who then pass it back to the colony with lethal effect or it will force them to expose their shelter tubes above ground which will be picked up by frequent inspections.
A below ground baiting system which entices foraging termites to feed on cellulose containing materials within the station before they get to your house. With regular monitoring any stations with evidence of live termites will have a bait matrix introduced containing an insect growth regulator. The termites will eat the bait and take it back to their nest where the active ingredient works by slowly killing off the colony so that the termites don’t suspect the source of the toxin.
Carry out a non-invasive visual inspection of all reasonably accessible areas.
Identify evidence of timber pests and damage caused by timber pests as well as any conducive conditions.