Recognising Termites Infestations and Risk Areas in Your Home
24th, Jun 2016 | admin
Termites are the bane of home-owners everywhere. These small insects bore into preferably moist wood, weakening it and causing unsightly damage throughout the home. But without the proper nowledge, you could be looking right at clear signs of an infestation and fail to spot it. We understand you’re not a qualified pest inspector, but you should at least know enough to know when to contact one.
Piles of termite droppings – which can look like sawdust – are a potential indicator of infestation.These are generally found around the entry point of the nest. Additionally, tunnels made of mud on your home’s exterior are a clear sign of infestation, and are built by termites where wood is not available to bore through. Lastly, wood that looks like it’s full of pinholes, or emits a dull thud when struck is the surest indicator of termite invasion.
Conducive conditions for termites
The exterior of your home is a fantastic place to start looking for evidence of infestation or potential entry points. Where ever water leaks – because of an overflowing gutter or damaged downspout – can be a great place for termites to start. This excess water will generally seep into the ground and pool around the foundation, forming a great starting point for termites.Wood chips or mulch piled against the foundation also offer a clear path from nature to your home;it’s almost like laying bait for them! Termites can eat into any wood in contact with the soil, so make sure all firewood deposits and wood chip piles are stored on or in plastic or metal surfaces or containers.
The financial impact of termite infestations
Termites can have a devastating financial impact on the homeowner. Removal and repair costs can easily run towards the high thousands, and pest control company Rentokil has estimated that an active termite infestation can cut as much as 20 per cent off the resale value of a home. Because these vermin can be so financially damaging, many home insurance companies refuse to cover termite-related damage. For those looking to sell their home, the discovery of termites during the negotiation process can severely damage your position potentially forcing you to withdraw and put the home back on the market after treatment, or to accept a much lower price.
The smart thing to do is to have the experts from Approved Building Inspection examine your home once a year for termites, and before you consider selling. Home-buyers should get us to take a look at any home on their shortlist too, to make sure they’re buying a home just for themselves, and not for millions of insects.