Though termites are ecologically helpful in that they break down detritus to add nutrients to soil, the same feeding habits and behaviors can cause severe damage to human homes. Because termites feed mostly on wood, they can compromise the strength and safety of an infested structure or property.
There are to two types of termites that homeowners usually come across.
The worker, and the swarmer. Worker termites are creamy colored, 3-4 mm long, and are usually only seen when a mud tube, or infested wood material is broken open. Swarmers are the reproductive stage of the termite colony. They’re around 4 mm longs and dark brown or black in color. They may not have wings, as they lose them shortly after emerging.
A termite inspection is a visual inspection that’s conducted by our certified professionals. They will look for signs of infestations or damage to a structure done by termites such as, buckling wood, swollen floor and ceilings and areas that appear to be suffering from slight water damaged as well as visible mazes within walls or furniture. A large termite infestation can also exude a scent similar to mildew or mold.
Inspections done by Best Pest Control Perth also assess the conditions that make a property more susceptible to wood destroying pests, and minimize the risk of an attack in the first place.
Annual termite inspections are vital for the early detection or termite activity on your property to prevent the potential for large scale damage and expensive repairs.
Our experts will use their knowledge and experience to carry out a comprehensive inspection of your home or business premises.
What Do Inspectors Look For?
An experienced inspector will make a thorough investigation of the building structure (usually starting with the basement or foundation and exterior of the house) to make sure that the structural wood isn’t coming into contact with soil.
Pest inspectors look for evidence of termites, like dropping around windowsills, wood damage, cellulose shaving on the soil near the building foundation, termite mud tubes, and tunneling in wooden beams.
They’ll also take note of any piles of wings there might be, as well as “swarmers” and live termites.
Once the inspector has decided you have a termite infestation, there are a couple different ways to treat it
There are 2 general categories of termite treatment, liquids and baits.
Soil-applied liquid termiticides have been around for a while. Their purpose is to provide long lasting chemical barriers that prevents termites in the ground from entering buildings. In most cases termites in the building die off as well, since they can’t return to the soil.
Newer materials, such as Premise® (imidacloprid), Termidor® (fipronil), and Phantom® (chlorfenapyr), are non-repellent and termites tunneling into the treatment zone are killed.
Overall, non-repellent products are proving to be more reliable in their ability for resolve termite infestations the first try.
Both can be effective at removing the pests from your home or business.
The other treatment category is baiting. Termite bait is made of paper, cardboard, or another palatable termite food, combined with a slow acting substance poisonous to termites. The baits are usually installed below ground out in the yard in cylindrical plastic bait stations. Others are sometimes placed indoors over active mud tubes. Foraging termites eat the bait, and share it with their friends, resulting in a gradual decline in termite numbers.
The trained pest control specialists at Best Pest Control Perth will determine what kind of infestation you have, and what the best option is for your home or building to control the infestation.
Call us at Best Pest Control Perth to schedule a termite inspection today!