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Termites, which are also sometimes called “white ants” are social insects that build large nests in soil or wood and can cause damage to timber that is part of our homes. Termites do an important job in nature, but having an infestation in your home can cause a lot of timber damage.

Termites are subterranean, which means they live under the ground completely away from fresh air and light. They attack from below the ground in most instances and enter homes undetected inside the wall cavity.

To minimise the risk of termite attack, there are termite barriers and treatments to impede attack but termites can still bridge or breach the barriers which is why regular termite inspections are very important. A thorough inspection is done using specialised moisture and damage detecting equipment.

We are experienced in treating termite attack and reinstating termite barriers to reduce your risks as much as possible.

Pest control is your responsibility as a homeowner. Insect infestations can be prevented with proper maintenance, so termite damage is not covered by home insurance. Your policy can cover sudden damage caused by wild animals.

Common signs of

Termite damage to a wall include:

  1. Small pin holes, where termites have eaten through the paper coating on drywall and/or wallpaper. …
  2. Faint ‘lines’ on drywall. …
  3. A hollow sound when you tap on the wall.
  4. Bubbling or peeling paint.
  5. Skirtings/Baseboards that crumble under slight pressure.
  6. Jammed doors or windows.

While all termites are attracted to wood, they each have specific preferences. … In addition to wood inside the home, termites are drawn inside by moisture, wood in contact with house foundations, and cracks in building exteriors. Different combinations of these factors attract different species.

All inspections come with a written inspection report similar to the one pictured