Termite Inspection

Termite Inspections & Attacks

A termite inspection is the only way to protect your main asset – your home. Termites attack homes all year round, with 1 in 3 homes being attacked in Australia each year, and without protection they can cause irreversible damage to a home that is not covered by insurance. This means that by the time you have seen/heard the termites in your home the damage has begun.

Termites are seen more in the warmer seasons, this however doesn’t mean that they are the most active during these times. When you see termites it usually means the damage is already done, and they have been attacking your home in private and appearing as the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom. One of reasons for this is due to the high heat, spring/summertime rains and moist conditions which termite thive on.

Are termites more active in the colder season? Termites are actually the most active and damaging during the autumn and winter periods. They attack homes during this time to feed and build their nests for the colder seasons, bringing damage that can be destructive for a home. Unfortunately the most common mistake made by home owners is when the assumption is made that due to the lack of evidence, there is no damage. When you can’t see termites is when you should be keeping up with your inspections and preventative treatment plans. Termites dig deeper in the wintertime and bury themselves within their nests and start to feed and colonise during these times to ensure the queen is reproducing at high numbers.

What are termite inspections?

There is a cost associated with termite inspections which may be a deterrent. Some home owners also assume that the area they live in makes it harder for termites to attack if they are not surrounded by dense forest areas. This unfortunately couldn’t be further from the truth. For a small cost of $220 + GST, you could be protecting your home from irreparable damage. Roof & balcony collapses from termite damage and both a very real and dangerous reality.

Annual termite inspections are highly recommended, and while this is the first step in the treatment plan, you shouldn’t stop here. So Pest Off will work with you to build a comprehensive protection plan.

Termite inspections are done in multiple steps:

  1. Visual Inspection; our technician will do a full visual inspection of the property including trees, fence lines, basements/subfloors, crawlspaces, internal rooms, and ceilings.
  2. Thermal Inspection; where there is any area of concern (which can include softening of wood, paint chippings, apparent termite damage, mud trails) a thorough thermal imaging inspection will be undertaken to identify the cause of concern.
  3. Invasive Inspection; if a termite mud is found, or significant damage is seen in the home, our technician at So Pest Off will gain your approval to do an invasive termite inspection. Invasive termite inspections can include drilling, removal of panels, creating manholes for entry between cavities, etc. This is to ensure that a full inspection is undertaken and no area is left with a question mark.

Where is at risk of termite attacks?

The Hills District is renown for taking the brunt of termite attacks each year. The top suburbs based on historic data within the Hills District council include:

  • Castle Hill
  • Annangrove
  • Pennant Hills
  • Kenthurst
  • Dural
  • Epping
  • Galston
  • Glenorie

Other areas in Sydney known for the highest termite attacks/termite inspection call outs include (in order):

  • Blacktown
  • Turramurra
  • Willoughby
  • Pymble
  • Frenchs Forest
  • Davidson
  • Manly
  • Cronulla
  • Balgowlah
  • Balmain
  • Leichhardt
  • Penrith
  • Windsor
  • Fairfield West

Should you delay a termite inspection?

Along with a minimum annual general pest inspection all home owners/property owners should be organising their annual termite inspection. While older homes are usually more at risk of being attacked due to lack of termite prevention systems, new homes must undergo  routine inspections each year.