Termites Pest Control Melbourne
Termites, often referred to as white ants, are in fact not even closely related to the ant family. They bear the qualities of being super modified cockroaches that do not see the light of the day.
These insects often have their colonies established away from open view, in the foundation of your home, or any other place where their colonies can consume cellulose without having to interact with the outside world. Cellulose is found in wood, paper, cardboard and grass. Typically, termite colonies are found in hollowed out sections of hard and soft timber.
Types or Castes of Termites
These types of termites are responsible for sourcing food and tunnelling through cellulose based materials to help establish colonies.
The sole purpose of these termites is to protect the colony from any intruders that might come in uninvited. But then again, they never really like having guests over.
Also known as Alates, these winged termites hold the responsibility to repopulate the colony and then fly off to new locations to establish new colonies.
Termite Home Inspection
Termites might seem like a mediocre threat since they don’t show themselves and could die if they’re exposed to sunlight. However, these insects work for 24 hours a day and could be doing heavy amounts of damage to the structure of your home and other unattended areas with sources of cellulose present (wood, paper, cardboard and grass).
The termite home inspection is carried out by professional and certified pest experts that have a clear understanding of where to look. Inspection is generally carried out within 60 minutes, depending on the size of the home and obstacles that might hinder the free movement of the inspector around the house.
CSRIO and the Australian standards suggest that termite inspection and possible eradication should be carried annually to avoid any kind of serious damage to property.
Areas of Inspection:
Our termite inspection professionals carry out visual inspections of the common areas of the home, sub-floor area, roof cavities and other accessible parts of the home. A detailed report is sent across, typically by the next day, stating the intensity of the infestations and possible solutions to eradicate the pests in order to protect your home.
A few signs that suggest it’s time for an inspection:
- Soil or mud appearing around the edges of the walls at floor level or door gaps. This is usually due to the digging and tunnelling works of worker ants, generally pointing to the area of infestation.
- Items such as stacks of books or cardboard boxes filled with paper bear damage on them. Cellulose is the only thing termites consume, and it can be found in paper, cardboard, grass and wood.
- Alates in the air. Alates are the reproductive caste of termites that often emerge from cracks in the floor or doors to populate new colonies elsewhere. This is an indication of termite colonies in that area.
- One of the most common and obvious signs of termite damage are hollowed out sections of timber in wooden floorings, doors and so on.
Pre-Purchase Termite Home Inspection
Just as it is important to visually inspect the lifestyle features of a new home, it is highly advisable to let a professional inspect your home for pests such as termites. With the use of cutting edge technology and a keen eye, our team of termite experts will provide you a detailed report about termite infestations in the house, which you soon plan to call your home.
These details are followed by recommended methods of extermination of colonies and tips on how to avoid further infestations, till an extent. Termites are highly resourceful creatures that work for 24 hours a day, and that is why it is advisable to follow through with inspections every year.
FACT: Termites have been in existence since over 250 million years.