Sydney property owners! Before you do more damage to your property and cost yourself $1000’s, read this. One of the first things people do when they see white ants (termites), grabs a can of household insect spray, or in a recent case grab a can of insect repellent! And blast away at the bugs. This does not kill the termite colony. Now you may be wondering, “where is a termite exterminator near me?”. Get a quote (or three) from a termite extermination company and do not risk spreading termite infestations.
Say Goodbye to Your Timber
Unlike pests like carpenter ants that chew on decayed timber, termites can quickly destroy any wood products you use to make your home look great! These can include timber floorboards, wooden entry doors, panelling, wooden window frames and wood trim.
The Pros and Cons of Termite Damage in Visible Areas
When you discover termite damage in visible areas it is really disappointing. There are pros and cons to easy-t0-see damage.
Pro: The good news is the damage is visible and relatively easy to replace.
Con: However, the fact that you can see the damage begs the question – what is going on underneath/behind the walls?
Before any more damage is done, invite a Sydney termite exterminator in to evaluate the situation by carrying out a complete termite inspection of your property.
3 Clues You Have Termites and it is Time to Call an Exterminator
You are generally much better off hiring a trusted professional to handle these types of situations. It’s also a no brainer to hire a professional anytime that a bug problem gets out of hand. You may think that it is easy to determine when the situation gets out of control, but often it’s not. Here are a few warning signs that indicate you need to hire a professional Sydney termite exterminator.
1. You haven’t had a termite inspection in the last 12 months.
2. You have seen some timber damage and are not sure if it is caused by timber rot or by termite damage.
In general, when you see termite damage, there is a lot more hidden beneath the surface. Termites get into crawl spaces, foundations, and even in the attic. Sydney termite exterminators know exactly what to look for and they have tools to help them estimate the severity of the damage. These professionals go into areas most people don’t care to visit – like your damp subfloor or your tight roof void.
3. You can’t seem to find the nest.
This is a big problem. If you can’t find out where the pests are breeding, then you need termite professionals to eliminate the problem. Termites can commute easily in places we find hard to see (and access) – like cracks, attics, and interior walls. A trained Sydney termite exterminator professional will know where they may hide from view and will be able to find their hiding places. This is a skill that homeowners don’t usually have. Sometimes termites can even be in between drywall and the framework or where areas are damp and mouldy. Leave this nasty investigation to the pros.
Not Sure if You Have Termites?
If you are not able to identify which pest is causing the problem, a pest controller will be able to:
- Identify the insect.
- Advise if it is an invasive or damaging species.
- Provide you with treatment options.
The key to a successful treatment is to be able to identify which pest you need to treat for. If you have no idea, then you need to hire a professional Sydney termite exterminator to properly treat your home. They can tell if the problem is just a normal decay (water damage) or caused by ants, decay moths, weathering, termites, or a combination.
There are some minor pest control jobs that you can probably handle by yourself with a quick spray of fly or ant insecticide. However, there are more serious pest infestations that require professional help and a call to a trusted Sydney termite exterminator. Insects that damage the foundation and wood frame holding up your home leave behind severe damage when left to do what they love to do – chew up wood.