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DIY Termite Inspection

DIY Termite Inspection

November 22, 2013

Based on client data that we’ve collected over the years, the team at Ridpest has found that 46% of properties have been hit by termites at least once over a 4-year period. 32% of these properties were hit by termites once, 8.5% twice, 2.3% suffered 3 attacks and 3.2% were unlucky enough to have suffered through more than 3 infestations. In total at 11% of the properties monitored by our team have been hit by termites at least once every year.

The numbers are clear, termites or more commonly known as white ants or anai-anai are a threat to your home. Based on the data, there are good odds that your property has a termite infestation and you don’t even know it. The question now is: what do you do now?

Before you do anything, you must first find out if your property has been hit by termites. You are free to seek the services of pest control professionals to inspect your property thoroughly which is highly recommended but there is an inexpensive DIY method you utilise to detect the presence of termites.

Here’s what you need to carry out a DIY termite inspection:

Torchlight

Screwdriver

Here are some of the more critical parts of your property that you should pay particular attention to:

Door frames

Window frames

Wooden or parquet
floor & skirting

Built-in
cabinets

Storeroom

In a nutshell, you need to inspect all areas where there is wood and to look out for mud tubes, termite trails or cracked spots. These tell-tale signs of termite infestations can be commonly found in these locations:

Door frames

Window frames

Wooden or parquet
floor & skirting

Built-in
cabinets

Storeroom

Take note also of timber beadings nailed to the ceiling of your property as termites usually attack these pieces of wood before moving up to the roof truss.

If you need assistance with your termite problem, get in touch with us for a quote!

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