Once you have purchased your home you then need to schedule on-going termite and pest inspections. Termites are one of Australia’s most feared pests because they have been known to infest homes and other properties quickly and often without detection.
They are capable of causing substantial damage to some of the most important structural components of a building, especially if a property uses wood or timber construction.
Termites, which are commonly referred to as white ants in many parts of the world, feed on plant fibre known as cellulose. Cellulose exists in a number of products, but it is most prevalent in timber. When termites are able to find timber products on which to feed, they will infest a property and begin to consume it from the inside out at a rapid pace.
Some homeowners fail to arrange professional termite inspections because they believe that they can detect the creatures without professional assistance. Unfortunately, most people simply lack the skills and training necessary to detect termites.
Termites are rarely seen by the naked eye because they are incredibly effective at keeping themselves hidden. Professional termite inspectors with special training are able to notice signs and evidence of the insects, even in places that seem to be free from termite activity. With this ability, inspectors are able to provide homeowners with solutions to their termite problems before serious damage is able to occur.
Of course, there are many things that you can do to discourage termites from entering your property.
Perhaps the most effective action you can take is to keep your property free from clutter like scraps of wood or other types of debris that might attract termites. You should remove these unnecessary bits of debris from all areas of your property, including your gardens and other vegetation areas. You can also try to use consumer-grade insecticides as a means of preventing termites from becoming attracted to your property. However, these efforts are often undertaken in vain if they are not combined with regularly scheduled inspections. That is because termites are determined enough to find a way into your home regardless of your best efforts at discouraging them.
When you combine regular inspections with your diligent efforts at termite prevention, you can battle the creatures on all fronts. It is best to schedule inspections on a yearly basis if you live in a cooler region, but you should schedule at least two annual inspections if you live in a warmer area. Also, it is recommended that you schedule the inspections to occur during times of the year when termite activity is at its most intense.
Generally speaking, early spring to late summer is the time of year when termites are most active, but they can certainly wreak havoc during other times of the year, as well.