Among many inquiries, one of the most common question we regularly receive is how often should you have a termite inspection. People also ask how to keep away pests and the quickest ways to get rid of these annoying critters. Yet, the topic we get most frequently asked about over the years is termite inspections. Our most regular customers want to know how often they should have a termite inspection to ensure that their homes remain free of these potentially disastrous pests.
Unfortunately, there isn’t one single rule for how often you should have a termite inspection in Australia. To understand how frequently you should have it done, read about the factors that can put your home in the higher or lower risk category.
Arguably the single biggest reason for the risk level of your home is its geographic location. A CSIRO study indicated that Sydney is in the high-risk category when it comes to termites. That’s only one level below from very high, of which cities like Brisbane and Rockhampton are a part. The same CSIRO research indicates that one in three homes is vulnerable to a termite infestation in these high-risk regions. Suppose you have a neighbor on each side of your house. In that case, it means that statistically speaking, one of you is susceptible to an infestation.
Properties located in these high-risk areas should have a termite inspection done at least once per year, although if you want to be on the safe side, you could have a termite inspection every six months. However, there are circumstances where you might need to have a termite inspection before that twelve month interval.
Your Neighbor’s Home Has Termite Problems
If your neighbor’s home has termite issues, it’s generally a good idea for you to have an inspection as well. Despite their small size, termites can travel 50 to 80 meters from their nest. This incredible travel span means that if your neighbor’s home is having termite problems, then there is a chance that they have made their way to your home as well. Given how fast termites can cause damage, you would probably want to have an inspection done to ensure your home is still free of these destructive pests.
There Are Water Leaks In Your House
Termites love moist conditions. They favor and thrive in damp, dark areas where moisture is readily available. Often, our inspections find termites where water leaks are present. You may have had a plumbing issue where water is dripping slowly into the wall cavity. When this happens, even though things may look dry on the exterior, there still is quite a bit of moisture behind the walls. That moist area is, unfortunately, perfect for termites. It is also a place where you might not be able to see them.
To be on the safe side, if there are any water leaks or dampness problems in and around your home, you may want to consider a termite inspection before your due date.
You Have Had Problems With Termites In The Past.
Pest control companies eradicate termites and implement protective solutions aimed at ensuring these pests don’t return. If you have this protective barrier in place, you should be okay with keeping the 12-month inspection interval. The purpose of this barrier is to keep termites away from your home and ensure that you don’t have termites crossing over into your house. But it doesn’t always work this way. Termite barriers are not always perfect. Sometimes they can still let termites through to your home.
However, suppose you don’t have this barrier in place, and even if you do and have a history of termite problems. You will most likely need more regular inspections. You may want to consider having it done on a six-monthly basis.
Schedule a Termite Inspection Every 12 Months
For most homes in Sydney, it should be sufficient to have a termite inspection every year. Suppose you have specific problems, either with active termites or environmental factors that may result in attracting termites towards your house. In that case, you may wish to consider a biannual inspection. However, if your home has other reasons for a more frequent termite inspection, we will advise. Of course, when buying and selling your home or starting to notice signs of termites, you should call us immediately. We will have a qualified pest control technician checking your home thoroughly.
We have extensive experience in termite inspections. If you would like one for your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.