A Termite Inspection is a visual inspection of all accessible areas of a home – Inside and out for evidence of termite activity and/ or termite damage. The inspector will look at the interior and exterior of your home or building. This process takes roughly 60 minutes depending on size of building.

Once your pest inspection has been performed your inspector will give you a report on their findings and advise an action plan if necessary.

How much is a Pest Inspection?

The price of a termite inspection will vary depending on the size of the property being inspected. For an accurate quote please contact us ( add link to contact page on top dog site)

 

What are termites?

Subterranean termite colonies are made up of three different types (reproductive, workers and soldiers).

All subterranean termites are usually creamy white in appearance very similar to a grain of rice

The reproductives, or “swarmers”, have a pair of wings and are often mistaken for flying ants. The workers look similar to the “swarmers” but smaller and do not have wings. The soldiers are also similar and have large heads and mandibles.

How do ants and termites differ?

There are quite a few differences between ants and termites. An ant’s body shape is like an hourglass–it narrows between the middle in the rear and the thorax in the front. The body of a termite is long and narrow, quite straight up and down. Ants have larger wings in the front and smaller wings in the back, where termite swarmers have same-sized wings front and back.

Ant wings have a stigma (dark spot) on the edge of the front wing, and termite wings do not have this feature.

Ant antennae are quite curved, while termite antennae are straight. Then there’s food choices termites consume the wood they tunnel through while ants don’t.

How do you treat termite infestations?

There are several methods regularly used to treat subterranean termites:

  1. A chemical treatment – This is the most common treatment type used for subterranean termites. The purpose of the subterranean termite chemical treatment is to create a termiticide barrier between the termite colony (usually in the soil) and timber in a building.
  2. In-ground baiting systems are another a popular method for treatment of subterranean termites. A subterranean termite baiting system is the placement of cellulose (wood material) bait stations at strategic locations around the perimeter of the home/building.

 

What can I do to Prevent Termite Infestation?

At the moment the standard method of preventing termite infestation in your home is to have a Pest Inspector visit the home and inject a liquid termiticide to the foundation of your home. A homeowner can also make post-construction adjustments to the home that are not so appealing to an infestation of wood-destroying termites. Common conditions that are appealing to an infestation are earth to wood contact at support posts; cellulose debris and form boards left in the crawlspace; improper drainage of water from the structure; and inadequate ventilation in the crawlspace. Correction of these conditions will greatly reduce the risk of an infestation.

 

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