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Home Inspection and Pest Control
We were booked to do a pest control job in Brisbane today. The customer had called complaining of a noise in the wall.
Property Inspection for Pests
Once we arrived, we did a visual inspection of the property inside and out to try and determine any areas around the home where pests could enter.
There were no visible signs on the outside of the building where pests of any kind could enter, so we then started to look inside the home.
The customer said that the noise was coming from the lounge room and thought that it was a rat or a small mouse. So we took a closer look at this area and there was a noticeable sound coming from the wall and it was the sound of termites.
Once we had heard the sound, we could tell straightaway that the home had a problem with termites and would need to have a full termite inspection done.
Firstly all the walls are checked with an inferred camera. These are used by professional pest control companies to easily identify any problem areas without having to pull down walls and cause too much hassle to the customer.
Inspection for Termites and Treatment
In the pictures below you can see the devastation that termites can do in a very short time. They need to be treated as soon as possible before any further damage is caused.
If you find or suspect termites in your home you should never try and eliminate them yourself. Termites are very clever and will start to move the colony when under threat. So it’s important to call a professional termite technician with the correct equipment to properly handle them.
A common mistake many people make when they encounter termites is to pull the wall down where they are located and start to destroy the nest with any type of bug spray they may have. This is the worst thing that can be done.
Once a nest is found in the home it needs to be treated with minimal fuss. Firstly the entry points are blocked of and the colony will then have no way of bringing moisture into the nest; and it’s the moisture they need to survive.
Once the entry points are cut off, the colony will then huddle together. This leads to the colony drying out over a week or so. Once this has happened, it is then safe for the nest to be carefully removed. Once the nest has been removed the repairs can then be started.
At this point, it would be wise to have a full termite barrier treatment done. This is where a poison is placed around the perimeter of the home. And anywhere there is concrete, it would need to be drilled and pumped with the poison. This will then spread under the slab and cause a barrier to stop the termites attacking the home again.
After a successful barrier treatment, you should have a termite inspection every twelve months. This will ensure that the home will be safe from termites in the future.
Many people think that they will never get termites in their home, but they are a lot more common than you would think. So it’s best to have a yearly termite inspection done as prevention is better than cure.
This job started out to be a normal pest control service for general pests such as cockroaches, silverfish, spiders, but as it happens it ended up being a full termite treatment. So it’s very important to ensure you hire the services of a professional pest controller to look after you home.
The important thing to take from reading this blog is if you hear a funny noise in your walls or floor boards. It’s worth having it checked out by your local pest control company to put your mind at rest.
With a general pest treatment, it is recommended that it be done every twelve months to ensure your home stays pest free. This will also help prevent an infestation from occurring.
During the summer months all the pests start to go on the move again. So to stop them from coming to your home and possibly doing some serious damage like in the case of termites, it’s worth having it treated each year.