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Everything you need to know about inspecting a property for termites. What to look for and what should be your response if you do find termites. It also details how to deal with small scale internal termite infestation.

If you are going to purchase a home one of the most important things you should do before making an offer is to get it inspected for termites. This is especially important if you live in a part of the world that is warm yet damp. Subterranean and drywood termites thrive in colonies and their population can explode exponentially as they eat their way through everything made of wood. This includes swimming pool liners, insulation, books and even your wooden floor. In the majority of cases termites will enter from your home’s foundation or from small cracks in the structure.

Interior inspection

Interior inspection of termites should start from the basement and needs to include the attack. You should be looking for sawdust or insect wings. If you come across sagging floors, and a ceiling which indicates structural damage it’s a sure sign of a termite infestation. These types of structures can be dangerous especially combined with water damage. Use a screwdriver or a cutter to gently lift the top of the wood and you should see signs of it being hollowed out. Another way to detect termites is through their droppings also called frass. These can be either white or black mainly depending on what they are feasting on.

Exterior inspection

Step outside the home you are considering and inspect the windowsills, and all the wood surfaces. You should be looking out for mud tubes on the structure. Tap on everything wooden and see if it sounds hollow this is evident of a termite infestation.

Controlling termites

Not every bit of evidence you find linked to termites means that termites still exist on the property. The fact is that sometimes termites may just leave for no apparent reason. An illness can kill them off. The one sure way to check for this is the above mentioned tapping method and then you can scratch away at their tunnels. If you see insects inside of these tunnels it means that the termites are still alive and infesting.

Extent of the infestation

If the property is in fact infested but you’ve managed to find one or two colonies without widespread damage you can get it at a bargain price. Once you get the home you can use termite baits, which are natural baits made from plants. The baits will help to kill off small colonies in a matter of months. Another method to kill termites is to protect everything that is not yet damaged with varnish. Then block all the holes that you see, scratch away all the tunnels and spray an over the counter termite insecticide. Keep the home closed for a month and it should do the trick.

If the infestation is widespread then regular over the counter termite control will not work. Large scale infestation will require an expensive commercial service. It will also require that you spend money replacing everything that has been damaged. Do a bit of research and find out what it will cost you prior to making an offer on the property.

Forensic Pest Management Services is one of the leading termite control experts in Australia. With over 20 years of experience and a flurry of new techniques we can guarantee that you home will be termite free in no time.

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