Termite Inspections

Depending on where you live, the CSIRO says that there is between a 10 and 40% chance of termites attacking your home. Queensland has a range of 20-30%.

With all that has been happening this year it is easy to forget about your home and what may need to be done around it. Your home is like your car, if you do not do regular maintenance, it breaks down.

Why do a termite inspection?

Depending on where you live, the CSIRO says that there is between a 10 and 40% chance of termites attacking your home. Queensland has a range of 20-30%.

A termite inspection is the first step in protecting your home from termite attack.

Building design, landscaping, nearby environment, renovations or alterations, geography and weather conditions all have an impact on your home and its termite management system.

What does an inspection involve?

At CDI Pest Management, our Timber Pest Inspectors look for active termites, previous termite damage, borers, fungal decay and conducive conditions, rather than just termites. This gives a more in-depth examination of what is happening at your home.

Being proactive with an inspection allows for planning and maintaining a termite management system, this also highlights conducive conditions and changes around your home that you may not be aware of.

The inspector will talk you through what has been found, and what areas may need looking at and provide a written report, most often with photos of any concerns.

Following the recommendations on issues that may need to be addressed will help protect the home and lower the risk of termite attack.

Why do regular inspections?

By carrying out regular inspections, simple conducive conditions can be rectified, this helps to reduce the risk. Things such as repairing dripping taps or leaking gutters, keeping soil levels below the weep holes and making sure there is no timber and no timber soil contact are a few of the things you can do.

You are also more likely to find termites early and minimise the damage through carrying out regular professional inspections.

Five most common conducive conditions

Conducive conditions are conditions which can cause termite infestations. Here are the five most common for Queensland properties;

1. Moisture collecting around the foundation of the structure.

2. Earth to wood contact, (wood fences attached to the structure and touching soil or patio posts going directly into the soil.)

3. Excessive cellulose debris, (firewood and mulch being stored against the foundation of the structure.)

4. Vegetation being planted too close to the structure trapping moisture next to the structure.

5. Faulty grade, (landscape sloping towards the home allowing water to drain towards the structure.)

If you’d like to learn more ways to protect your home, check out our blog; 20 Ways to Protect Your Home from Termites

Call CDI Pest Management

If you think you have termites or see damage that may be caused by termites, it is important to not disturb them by poking or breaking open the timbers. Call CDI to come and investigate the problem as termite and borer inspections should always be carried out by a licensed, insured professional pest manager.