If you don't have a termite inspection and treatment plan for your home, you should ask yourself why not. After all, these tiny creatures are one of the biggest threats to the average Australian home and can often do an enormous amount of damage before you are even aware that they are there. What should you know about the risk you are taking, and why you should take steps as soon as possible to protect your investment?
Termites come in many different forms, and not all of them are a major threat. However, the dangerous types love to feed on wood and would certainly like to get started on your home's timber frame.
On the Hunt
Subterranean termites live beneath the ground, as the name implies, and could actually set up a nest a long way away from your home. They are experts at burrowing and will create mud tunnels as they move out from their nest in search of a food source. They will score the jackpot if they come across an unguarded entry point to your home. They may be able to get in underneath the slab through tiny cracks and find the lowest part of your timber frame. Also, they'll be particularly happy if that area is damp as this represents the ideal environment for them, and they will get down to work right away.
Out Of Sight
If these termites are left to continue over the weeks, months and years ahead, they will cause substantial damage to your home's frame. They may eat through supporting beams all the way up to roof level in the worst-case scenario, and you may be blissfully aware of this until you notice something untoward. In this case, you may find it difficult to open or close a door or notice a strange creaking noise when you are walking up the stairs. Sooner or later, somebody will mention termites, and when you bring in the inspectors, they will reveal all.
Scheduling an Inspection
The first thing you should do is schedule a termite inspection right away. These experts will be fully aware of how termites operate and are able to identify potential entry points. If you're fortunate, they won't find any infiltration, but if not, they also know how to treat your home.
Experts in Action
Bear in mind that it's not always easy to eradicate an established nest. The contractor may need to use a special pesticide that could be injected below your foundation or into the soil alongside the property. They may have other methods of dealing with the situation but will typically introduce these based on the scale of the problem.