Recently a customer from Newcastle contacted us to investigate some insects crawling around the window of a property. To our surprise, Subterranean Termites known as ‘Coptotermes acinaciformis’ were found walking exposed to the elements around a window inside the home.
This is not normal behaviour for these destructive pests, their nests are usually located underground or in trees and stumps. Subterranean Termites build shelter tubes that are connected to the nest so they can maintain their preferred temperature and humidity, without this they would desiccate. They maintain their nests with a relative humidity of 100%, so when outside their nest the humidity is close to 100% termite workers and soldiers can leave their sheltered workers in search of food.
How do get rid of termites?
We were able to identify the problem, complete a Timber Pest Inspection for the customer and build a Property Management Plan to eliminate the offending subterranean termite colony from the building and to protect the property from future attack from these termites. Scenarios such as this serve as a timely reminder for homeowner’s to ensure they have at the least, an annual Timber Pest Inspection before it’s too late. This in turn can lead to costly repair bills, disruptions, stress and anxiety and many more complications. Usually by the time a homeowner see’s signs of a termite infestation, the damage is done. Early detection is key.
What is a timber pest inspection?
A thorough timber pest inspection and report is the first step towards finding the right solution for your property and budget.
It is very important that you understand we are not just completing a ‘termite check’ at your property. Many people think that termites are the only wood destroying pest that attack homes. 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.
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 two hours to complete on an average sized three bedroom home. Your Timber Pest Inspector will provide you with 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 and make recommendations for improving the environment around the property, making it less susceptible 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 preexisting property management plan and make recommendations to ensure its effectiveness, whilst educating you on its maintenance requirements or formulate a new Property Management Plan to ensure your home is protected from future attack from timber Pests.
What is a termite check?
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.
At Amalgamated Pest Control Newcastle, we have highly trained, customer focused Timber Pest Technicians and have a great range of products and services and support that will take the pain out of termite management.
Don’t take the chance of termite infestation damage and costly repairs, book in a timber inspection today. Call Amalgamated Pest Control Newcastle today.