If you’ve lived on the Gold Coast for any length of time you know that Queensland is a serious hot spot for termite activity. But until you have seen first hand the damage these secretive, darkness-dwelling pests inflict, it’s also very hard to know whether or not you have a termite problem until it’s too late.
That’s why one of the most common questions we hear from homeowners is just that;
“How do I know if I have termites in my home?”
The simple answer is that you need regular termite inspections by an experienced, licensed pest-control contractor to check for any signs of infestation or potential infestation, with the goal of preventing termite damage before it ever starts. At Gold Coast Pest Control Solutions, we use the very latest and most effective inspection tools and are licensed by the Queensland Health Department and QBCC (Queensland Building and Construction Commission), among other agencies.
We recommend that every home have a thorough termite inspection at least once a year. With the extensive knowledge, experience and state-of-the-art tools that we bring to every inspection, we know all the signs of termite activity as well as the many different areas termites can hide. Professional termite inspectors have special equipment to detect termites that may be lurking behind your walls, in your roof and other places where nests and passageways can otherwise go undetected. We can’t overstate the importance of that level of expertise, because one of the most important things to understand about termites—and what makes them so dangerous—is how hard it is to notice a termite problem before it becomes a full-blown infestation.
Inspecting For Termites Is Your Best Defense
Although even the most comprehensive termite inspection cannot prevent future invasions, it is an essential part of your property maintenance and enables us to spot problems before it’s too late.
A termite inspection by Gold Coast Pest Management Solutions will not only detect any existing termite activity or termite nests located in your home, we will also identify any conditions around your property that could encourage termites to attack in the future. By addressing any problem areas we find now, we can save you a lot of money, grief, and time down the road.
Outdoor Termite Inspections
We don’t recommend taking on termite inspection as a DIY project. Termites and termite activity are simply too well hidden to uncover without the extensive experience of a well-trained termite company.
A few of the more common problems we are trained in spotting during outdoor inspections include:
- Underground tunnels that termites have built to seek out and transport food;
- Colonies hidden inside tree trunk and root crown areas of oaks and eucalypt trees, to name a couple of unwitting host trees, with entry and exit points that termites can actually seal behind them;
- The presence of “mud tubes,” which are tubes termites build along the base of the tree to access moisture;
- Termite wings—wings that alates (types of termites within a colony also known as “swarmers”) have shed, maybe near windowsills or any potential entry points, indicating a real danger that termites are on the verge of a break-in if they haven’t managed it already. Sometimes we will also spot alates themselves caught in spider webs or elsewhere in the yard—another dangerous sign of an impending attack.
- Signs of damage present on outdoor landscaping, especially untreated timber fences. Fallen trees or other untended timber on the ground in your yard are also critical sites to check for termites.
Property inspection is so critical because termite activity detected outside—especially when we see signs that a colony is getting closer to your dwelling—can be dealt with well ahead of a home invasion. Even if your yard appears to be termite-free, we can advise you on conditions around your home could attract future termite colonies.
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Our building inspections are as thorough as possible—top to bottom of the structure—to identify potential entry points, conditions that are inviting to termites, and signs of possible infestation.
There are multiple ways for termites to gain access to your structure, but some of the more common signs we look for include;
1. Cracks and imperfections in your foundation, whether your home is new or old. Termites are wily, determined and small enough to squeeze through tiny spaces.
2. Moisture. Termites are always on the lookout for new sources of water, so identifying and eliminating trouble areas in your home that harbour moisture is extremely important. Around the base of the home, spaces under the home, and high-moisture areas like showers and laundry rooms—especially if these areas are poorly ventilated—can be an invitation for termites to build nests within the wall cavities. Termites are also known to hide in the attic directly above these trouble areas in.
3. Leaks or mouldy wood in the home, often found in dark basements. Wood containing moisture is very attractive to termites and needs to be addressed at once.
In the best-case scenario, we can identify these vulnerable areas within or right outside your home before termites do. In most cases they are easily addressed—and better still, problems like poor ventilation, water leaks or moldy wood are problems you need to address anyway for proper home maintenance.
Not surprisingly, though, given the grim statistics about termite infestations in our part of the world, we very often find signs that our customers’ homes have already been invaded. Still, the sooner we find out, the easier it is to stop termites in their tracks and eliminate the problem before they’re able to cause serious structural damage.
A few of the things we look for to detect termite infestation include;
1. Wood damage. This is one of the most obvious signs, but we will pay particular attention first to the problem areas mentioned above—moldy wood or walls in poorly ventilated areas—for any signs of termite feasting. This includes crawl spaces, attics, and any number of hard-to-reach spaces where termites could be living without your knowing it.
2. Termite noise. Unlike mammal pests, termites are pretty close to silent—but to the well-trained ear (and using special equipment) we are able to detect sounds that soldier termites will make to alert other termites in the colony of danger.
3. Termite wings. As mentioned above, it’s part of the natural life cycle for winged termites to abandon their wings, sometimes leaving small piles. They are hard to identify, but when found, these are definite signs of trouble.
Gold Coast Management Solutions termite inspections are carried out using the industry’s most up-to-date methods and equipment such as infra-red thermal cameras for accurate termite nest detection inside your walls and roof, moisture meters and stethoscopes. When needed, we also have small cameras that can be inserted inside your wall to view the wall cavities for termite damage or termite attack.
The bottom line is that unless you have a termite inspection expert who has experience in all scenarios of termite-damaged properties—or problem areas posing high risk for termites—you may be investing in a faulty pest inspection.
Servicing the Gold Coast for over eight years, the team at Gold Coast Pest Management Solutions has the expertise you need for detecting and inspecting homes for the kinds of termites that thrive in our area and cause homeowners a great deal of grief and expense every single year. Annual inspections by Gold Coast Pest Management Solutions will ensure that your home has been thoroughly examined for potential trouble spots, signs of danger or evidence of any existing termites—keeping you informed every step of the way about any concerns or issues that must be addressed.
Gold Coast Pest Management Solutions also prides itself on treating customers and their homes with the utmost respect along with providing expert, thorough service from beginning to end. Please call us today to schedule your next termite inspection and get the peace of mind you want that when it comes to termite control.