An annual termite inspection is critically important when it comes to protecting your largest investment. Jim’s are the local experts Wollongong residents trust with their homes.
Call us now to book in your inspection on 131 546. Our friendly staff will then take your details and get your local tech to arrange an appointment.
Termites may be tiny, but they are renowned for eating buildings a million times their size. The repair bills to homes and buildings in the Illawarra area tallies up to millions of dollars a year.
We are truly shocked at the amount of damage we find, and clients are often in disbelief as to how much of their home as been consumed by these ravenous pests.
You really DO need to have an annual termite inspection performed every year.
Experience counts when choosing a termite inspection provider
Trying to find a hidden pest in your home requires an expert. These secretive pests can often be hard to locate. Early small signs will not be obvious to the untrained eye.
A Jim’s pest exterminator will have the experience and training needed to detect termites in even the earliest stages. This detection experience comes from years of finding termite infestations not only in the Illawarra region, but across NSW..
There have been several instances when termites have been detected in buildings while a general pest service was being performed. Bevause our techs are extremely observant, they often spot the small mud flight holes in walls. To give you the idea of size, the mudding is often the size of a sesame seed.
Many a home has been saved in Wollongong by early detection by a local Jim’s Pest Control tech.
Termites found, but what comes next?
Alarm bells start ringing as soon as someone mentions termites. People instantly envisage the home collapsing around them. The next thought is “How much it will cost me to build my new home?”
Yes, finding termites is extremely stressful for homeowners. In most cases the termites will be found early, especially if you are using an experienced tech. The damage is typically minor in these cases and often limited to a certain area.
There are over 300 different species of termites in Australia. They all have vastly different feeding habits and cause varying degrees of damage.
Our local Jim’s Pest Control technician will be able to correctly identify the species you have and work out an action plan.
How often should an inspection be done?
Termite inspections not only detects termite activity, but they also identify the conditions conducive to attracting them to your home.
For example, a leaking pipe inside the wall will be invisible to you. Our technicians have devices that will detect these leaks. Leaks are vital for termites because they need water to survive. Combine this with the wood inside your home and you have the perfect recipe for termites.
It is why is it is strongly recommended that you have a yearly termite inspection. This should be done even if you have a full termite management plan in place. If you do not have a current termite management plan, then inspections should be done monthly or quarterly until you do.
Just think of it like not having a front door. A burglar can walk in anytime as there is no door to inhibit them.
Short inspection FAQs
How do you do a termite inspection yourself?
You can do some parts of a termite inspection yourself. Checking your roof and subfloor for signs of termites is strongly recommended. However, the problem is that as you have not been trained in what to look for, you may miss some obvious signs.
How do you know if termites are active?
You will know if termites are active in your home by breaking open the termite “workings”. If there are live termites in residence they will soon fill in the newly created small hole. Another great idea is to take a photo of the area where workings are detected. In the future you can compare this photo against the current look. Any differences you note are likely to be an indication that termites are active.
Can I treat my home for termites myself?
As termites are so destructive, it is not wise to treat your home for termites yourself, even if you have done your own termite inspection. If you do not know what species of termites you have or which is the best product to use you can make the situation much worse. Just remember that while you are working out what product to use, the termites are still munching on your walls.