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Termite Alert | Mt Warren Park

Termite Alert | Mt Warren Park

Recently, one of our team stopped to do some shopping at a local shopping centre in Mt Warren Park and noticed one of the trees in front of the centre had been cut down. Being the inquisitive type, he wondered why and decided to look.

He found the inside of the tree had been eaten away by termites. The termites entered from underground, up through the centre completely undetected and destroyed the structural integrity of the tree.

Termites can also access parts of your home completely in similar ways. For example, that timber pole that holds up your verandah and is in direct contact with the ground, they can come up the centre of it and quite possibly gain access to your house. They can continue to go unnoticed and cause serious damage to your property.

​This example shows why regular bi-annual or annual inspections are recommended to make sure these little masters of stealth entry don’t get a chance to destroy your home. It’s the best form of insurance for your home and gives you peace of mind.

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​What Is A Termite Inspection?

​A termite inspection is a comprehensive inspection of the property, yard and the home building structure.

It's important to understand the difference between a termite inspection and a termite check.

​As mentioned, a termite inspection is a comprehensive inspection with a detailed report on the findings and treatment recommendations should termites be found.

A termite check does not do this. It is simply a visual check ​around the home, gardens. This will not accurately identify termite activity and leaves your home at serious risk.

​In addition, termite damage is typically not covered under your home buildings insurance policy.

How Often Should You Have a Termite Inspection Done?

Under Australian Standards, the minimum requirement is an annual inspection. We strongly recommend that you have an inspection done annually just like renewing your insurance policy.

What Happens If you Find Termites?

If termite activity and damage is found, your Technician will provide you with treatment options to suit your situation and budget.

We would first recommend that the exisiting termites be treated and stopped.

The good news is that termites or white ants can be stopped. A termite inspection is the first step.

If you're concerned about termites, contact DedAnt Building and Pest Inspections for a quote.

Call us on 1300-022-225

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Termite Inspections – Why You Need One

Termite Inspections - Why You Need One

An annual termite inspection is one of the best forms of insurance you can get to protect your home and prevention is always better than cure in this instance.

Detecting termites, or white ants as they are commonly known, early can significantly reduce repair costs and the spread of these pests throughout a home. Often, homeowners are unaware that their home insurance policy does not cover the property for damage caused by termites as it's seen as a preventable event and the responsibility of the homeowner.

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Queensland is well known for high amounts of termite activity based on the climate and ecology. Termites can go undetected for many months before they're discovered.

What's Included in a Termite Inspection?

First, it's  important to know the difference between a Termite Inspection and a Termite Check. Typically, a Check does not follow Australian Standards and Timber Pest Management best practices. Merely a visual check of the surrounding areas of the home.

A termite inspection is a comprehensive inspection of the property, yard and the home building structure.

​Your Timber Pest Technician will inspect the home structure in detail using the latest technology to detect any termite activity or damage.

​Your Technician will provide you with a detailed report of the inspection and the findings. 

What Happens If You Find Termites?

If termite activity and damage is found, your Technician will provide you with treatment options to suit your situation and budget.

Your Inspector will also provide recommendations on repairs that may be necessary.

Common Myths About Termites

  • Steel framed homes will not suffer from a termite attack - all homes contain some timber such as skirting boards and paper-lined Gyprock walls.
  • Concrete slabs will protect the home from termite entry and damage.

How Often Should You Have a Termite Inspection Done?

Under Australian Standards, the minimum requirement is an annual inspection. We strongly recommend that you have an inspection done annually.

If you’re in a higher risk area then we recommend 3 monthly inspections. This will help safe-guard your home from termites and identify the need for termite treatments.

DIY Tips

There are a number of things homeowners can do to be on the look-out for signs of termite activity around the home and prevent these pests from establishing themselves there:

  • Trim shrubs and bushes close to the walls of the building.
  • Check any tree stumps on the property.
  • Remove any wood pieces that may be lying around the yard area.
  • Inspect any leaking water agains the building, including air-conditioner overflow pipes and leaky pipes.
  • Inspect structures attached to the home such as pergolas.
  • Check weep-holes are above the ground level and not covered by gardens.
  • Inspect timber fences surrounding the property.

If you're concerned about termites, contact DedAnt Building and Pest Inspections for a quote.