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Make Your Home Termite-Free!

Do you know that if there are favourable conditions, a termite colony with around 60,000 workers can consume a one-foot length of 2*4 inches of wood in four months? It means if there are more colonies, wood consumption will be more. Recently, the Health Department of WA confirmed that a major pest control company applied the wrong insecticide for termite control treatment that was used in thousands of new homes. With such a mishap, the government is now more cautious. The department of termite control in Sydney inspects all accessible timbers on subfloor, interior and exterior as well as garden landscaping areas, and fences within 50 metres of the building.

Termites – Hidden Family Mates

You do not realise until a part of your house is damaged by termites. They eat wood, well actually cellulose as it is the most abundantly available organic compound on earth. Therefore, wooden houses become victims. Termites love to live in the dark, damp areas so that they are not subjected to air. They live in temperate climate in moisture.

Check Before You Buy or Sell

Usually, sellers of houses try to hide unsavoury features. Hence, the buyers need to spot them and here is what you should look for:

Termite Damage: termite control in Sydney is a must as Sydney has a climate that’s suitable for termites’ growth. If any of the rooms are recently painted, get the inspection done properly by a building inspector so that moisture meter is used to check for any termite or water leakage damage.

Structural damage: In case of any pest damage or structural damage, sellers may resist showcasing  those areas. Ensure that you have access to those areas to make your final decision on the property.

Rising damp: Dampness and leaking problems could be favourable for termites to grow. One may able to smell unpleasant, mildew-type stale smell when you enter the house. Often, sellers try to hide the smell with a brewing coffee or baked items. It means something is fishy!

Poky spaces: Such spaces are not easily accessible, hence are left out unused. There is a possibility of termites to live there happily without any interruption. Be careful about such spaces and have a checkup.

Natural light: In some cases, rooms appear to be dark and there is a lack of natural light. Such houses are normally cooler and moisture content is high. Therefore, it is advisable to visit a house during the day time so that you get an idea about natural light.

Companies offering services of termite control in Sydney ensure thorough inspection of the house with specialised equipment such as microwave, moisture metre and thermal imaging cameras. Termiticides used have to be of good quality. Termidor and Premise are good alternatives.

Approximately a billion dollars are spent every year in Australia to control termites. You must know that out of 300 species of termites, only a few are considered as pests. If one colony is killed, another is ready to take over. It’s been years that termites are around and less likely that they will go away easily.