Termite Check or Termite Inspection?
Many customers in the Gosford and Central Coast area ask us for a termite check or a termite inspection.
It’s important to know that there are pests other than termites that destroy timber. There are three pest 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 is very important to distinguish the difference between a timber pest or termite inspection and a termite check.
What does a timber pest inspection include?
A timber pest inspection will cover all readily accessible areas of your property – Internal, external (grounds, trees, fences etc), roof void, sub-floor and outbuildings (sheds, garages etc).
Timber pest inspections take approximately 2 hours to complete on an average sized 3 bedroom home and our Timber Pest Inspectors will build a detailed written report on
- any visual evidence of timber pest activity and the extent of the activity and/or damage located
- a summary of any timber pest/s identified and a brief description of the potential damage they could to cause to your property
- how susceptible your property is to Termite attack by looking at elements in the environment of your property which will make it more conducive to infestation
- recommendations for improving the environment around the property, making it lest suitable for Subterranean Termites and other timber pests.
- recommendations for a management plan to attack any current infestation and aid in reducing any risk of future infestations.
- report on any pre-existing property management plan and make recommendations to ensure its effectiveness, whilst educating you on its maintenance requirements.
What does timber pest damage look like?
Timber pest damage varies depending on the pest and the species of the pest found. We often find a lot of evidence of timber pest damage that the customer was not aware of such as the damage in the picture below. The customer was not aware of the extent of the damage until the wall lining was removed.
Not only timber is damaged by termites, this is the back of a power point removed in an investigation.
You can clearly see the mud built by termites which could lead to electrical faults or fires.
Below is a picture of Wood Decay Fungi attacking an uncovered pergola.
This pergola is at the stage where it needs to be replaced but we do have treatments we can apply to prevent growth of this pest and preserve the timber.
What Conditions Around Homes Attract Timber Pests?
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. This timber in ground contact example of a conducive condition. Timber in contact with the ground is should be removed where possible replaced.
One thing that timber pests need to thrive is moisture. All unnecessary moisture sources around the home should be rectified so that the ground around the home is as dry as possible. The photo below highlights excessive moisture problems.
Almost every home on the Central Coast will have environmental conditions that do encourage termites and other common timber pests. The last thing you want is to encourage them to visit your home.
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.
If you’re concerned you might have a timber pest problem, contact Amalgamated Pest Control Gosford for advice.