The Wooden Foundations of Your Home Will Be Thankful if You Order a Termite Inspection
When they hear the word “termites”, most people simply shrug and move on with their lives. But how would you react if we told you that these tiny insects, otherwise known as “white ants”, can consume about 7 kilograms worth of wood every week? Add to that the fact that most Australian homes sport a timber frame structure and you can quickly see why you need to take action fast.
Unfortunately, these pests are quite difficult to spot during the early stages of infestation, and DIY solutions will often only further irritate the insects. Avoid expensive repairs today and hire a professional anti-termite team in Sydney. The pest controllers have the training, experience, equipment, and the patience needed to locate and exterminate all termite nests in your home.
The exterminators will perform the termite inspection in Sydney by placing several monitoring stations around your property. This will give them a better idea of how infested your property is.
If the pest technicians spot the nests during the early stages of the infestation, they will be able to deal with the colony then and there by using efficient spray and dust-based insecticides.
If the infestation has been going on for longer, the pest controllers will place special treatment stations, filled with a toxic bait that the termites find hard to resist. Once the white worker ants locate the bait, they will carry it back to their colony and contaminate the remaining population.
Upon request, the specialists can perform thorough proofing once they make sure that the termites are no longer actively digging tunnels within your home or furniture. You will also receive professional advice on how to deter the faux ants from paying your home a second visit.
Please keep in mind that our termite pest control in Sydney may take between 3 to 6 months, depending on the scale of your infestation. The number of visits can also range from 2 to 6.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did the termites invade my property?
The insects have no trouble squeezing through incredibly small cracks and holes in your foundation wall. However, they will usually find their way in through timber that is in direct contact with the soil (decks, porches, etc.) or by building “mud tubes” – soil-covered termite highways that connect your property with their nest below the ground.
Why do termites make noises?
When the white ants are agitated or feel threatened, they will communicate with one another by hitting their heads against the walls of their tunnels. We usually hear this “conversation” as a dry rattling. If you happen to hear a papery rustling sound, this might indicate that some of the insects have dug tunnels that are located near the surface of the affected piece of wood.
What are the signs of a termite infestation?
Besides looking for mud tubes or keeping an ear out for rattling noises, make sure to inspect your windows, doors, heating vents, sinks, or bathtubs for any dead termites. You can also gently tap the wood along the walls, skirting boards, or windowsills with a screwdriver handle or a similar instrument. If the wood is hollow-sounding, then you have a problem.
What do termites look like?
Pale and equipped with straight antennae, termites are oftentimes confused for ants, hence the nickname “white ants”. Unlike ants, however, these insects have pigmented bodies with broad waists and two pairs of wings that are shed after a brief flight.
Should I “break open” the damaged wood?
That may seem like a good idea at first, but we strongly suggest leaving the damaged wood alone. Not doing so will force the termites to relocate to other safer and wood-rich locations, giving you even more headaches and further compromising the structural integrity of your home.
How long are termites able to live?
The average lifespan of a worker termite is anywhere between one to two years. However, this is more than enough time for them to cause significant amounts of damage to your property. If you think that you’ve spotted some termites in your home, get a professional termite treatment in Sydney as soon as possible to keep your home and furniture in one piece!