Got unwanted visitors in your home?
Regular Pest Inspections are a wise investment for Australian homeowners, particularly owners of timber frame homes.
Not only is Australia a literal hotbed for termites (also known as white ants), we have the most damage-inflicting termite species in the world, with an insatiable appetite for timber house frames, architraves and floorboards. Timber is also susceptible to less common pests, including borers and fungi.
Three reasons to get an independent Pest Inspection…
1. Termites can pop up anytime, anywhere. Even if you’ve seen no evidence of termite activity, it’s wise to be proactive and get a Pest Inspection every year.
2. Most home insurance policies do not cover termite damage. If termites damage your home, it’s 100% up to you to pay for the repair or replacement of your home. Scary stuff.
3. If you are planning to purchase a home, it’s important to make sure that your building inspection includes a thorough pest inspection, so you know no ‘nasties’ will be sharing your home with you, from the outset.
Why worry about termites?
Recent statistics show that about 1 in 5 Australian homes are affected by termites. That figure might surprise you, but even more alarming is the extensive damage termites can do.
A single termite colony can consist of millions of termites. The termites are capable of laying around 1,000 eggs a day and spreading over hundreds of metres in a few short months, leaving a trail of destruction in your wall cavities, as they feed on the wood.
The longer the damage remains unidentified and untreated, the more devastating the damage can be. It can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair, or may even be irreparable.
The Pest Inspection process
When doing a Pest Inspection, we conduct an extensive inspection for termites, as well as other wood-eating pests such as borers and fungi. We check skirtings, door and window frames, architraves and other timber beams using various tools and instruments. We also check the level of moisture throughout your home as it can be a strong indicator of termite activity – termites love moist environments.
The bottom line
Once we’ve done a thorough inspection, we compile an extensive report for you and email you the results. You can then use this report to determine your course of action. If the report shows considerable infestation and damage, you will need to speak with a pest treatment specialist to arrange a treatment plan. In this case, Beggs Building can connect you with a suitable pest control professional in the Upper Blue Mountains.
If no infestation is found, you will have peace of mind that you’re not sharing your home with unwanted visitors.