Termites are a constant threat to Australian homes, more than fire, flood, and storm damage combined. Because of their destructive nature, it is important to have thorough inspections on a regular basis to help detect termite activity that can be early signs of an infestation. No home insurance policies in Australia cover damage caused by termites which means you could be looking at repair bills in the tens of thousands if your home has been damaged by termites.
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Professional timber pest inspection by Rockypest can identify termites commonly found around your home and recommend the best treatment, control, and prevention.
What do Termites Look Like?
There are more than 300 species of termites found all over Australia but subterranean or white ants cause the most damage. They are pale in colour, larger than black ants, and feed off timber that contains cellulose. Flying ants are termites that leave colonies to look for new environments in which to create a new colony and reproduce.
How to Spot Termite Damage
If left undetected, termites can eat away at the internal structure of a building, causing major damage. Not only will they consume all cellulose-containing timber, but will also start eating away at other items in the home such as furniture, clothing, paper products, fabrics, and even non-cellulose materials such as building sealants, soft plastics, and rigid foam insulation.
Termites are not easy to spot but there are some signs to look out for that may indicate that they are silently creating damage to the invisible interior structure of your home.
- Hollow-sounding timber is a clear indication of an infestation.
- Tubes of mud shelters can sometimes be found in the architraves or brick foundations of your home.
- Sagging doors and floors.
- Weak architraves, door jams, and skirting boards that are easily damaged by a small knock as the structural integrity has been eaten away.
- Power failures from termites eating away at the hidden electrical fittings behind walls.
- Cracks in plaster or paint caused by termites affecting the internal structural integrity of walls and ceilings.
Awareness of termite infestation is a big factor in timeously employing active and effective treatment protocols that will save you a lot of money in the future. Subterranean termites are found in great abundance throughout the domestic areas of Perth. If you suspect your home has become infested by termites, contact Rockypest for a professional timber pest inspection and comprehensive termite treatment in Perth, control, and prevention. Visit our website at rockypest.com.au for more information.
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