Termite Inspections in Sub-floor Crawl Spaces

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Beware of Sub-Floor spaces

If you live in a house that has a sub-floor, crawl space under the floor, how often do you check it? Would you be surprised if I told you that once a month is not often enough! Termites can build ‘shelter tubes’ like the ones in these photos, in as little as a day. Then they get to work on the wood in your house.


Shelter tubes protect the termites from dehydration and ants, as they travel back and forth from their colony to their food (wood in the house). The colony is not normally in the house, although it can be.

Do termites live in my house?

It is usually out side in the ground or a tree. I’m told the termites are only in the house about 15 to 20 minutes.

They bring moisture and dirt in with them, chew a belly full of wood and then head for home. The dirt and moisture is used to build more tubes or nest in the walls and the wood they eat is regurgitated to feed the termites back home in the colony.

Only about 10% of the termites are out gathering food, 90% are working in the colony.

Do you have a termite barrier in place?

 

All houses are built with some kind of termite management system. You must know what that system is, and you must maintain that system.

If you don’t know then you need to find out.

Have your home inspected by a reputable Termite Management Company. Walk around with the inspector and ask questions.

Make sure you understand the recommendations the inspector makes. Take action – Follow the recommendations. Your home is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Don’t let termites eat it because you don’t understand.

The inspection doesn’t protect your house, the action does.

If you are having trouble getting answers or finding the right help – call Bill on 0412 698 664  or 3822 6513

This article was excerpted from http://www.naturefreshtermites.com.au

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