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Owning a home can be a dream. It’s a place to relax after a long day of work, a place to gather with your friends, family and other loved ones. A place to call home. But maintaining a home isn’t a breeze – there’s always something to do to keep it looking good. Whether it’s painting, cleaning the gutters, dusting, sweeping or patching holes, owning a home will keep you busy, or keep your handyman employed.
And sometimes, disaster strikes! A termite infestation can spell calamity if you don’t catch it early and repair the damage. So let’s discuss the termite blues and how you can bring the magic back to your older house.
Suspect That You Have Termites?
If you have any reason to fear that termites have taken up residence in your property, book a termite inspection in Melbourne right away. A professional pest controller will be able to accurately assess your home and advise you if you have a problem. If so, they’ll be able to contain the problem and eradicate the pests.
There are also some ways to tell if termites have infested your home, before booking a professional. One sign is a quiet, clicking sound coming from the walls. This is the sound of the termites eating your wooden frames! Eeek! Another sign is a swarm of small, flying termites. Yet another sign is that your doors or windows become stiff and stubborn and hard to open.
How to Get Rid of Them
The best way to get rid of a termite colony is to call in a professional pest controller. They’ll be able to implement a variety of treatments, including sprays and baits, which should provide an effective and efficient way to kill off the little pests.
What if Your Home is Damaged?
If you’ve discovered the infestation too late and there is damage to your home, don’t stress. While termites can potentially damage a property beyond all repair, this is rare, and you can often spot the damage before it gets to this point. You should be able to remove any damaged wood and replace it with new timber, once the termites have been exterminated. This can get expensive, so you should investigate to see if you can just install some new supporting wood to the damaged frames.
If the damage is minor, you can even get away with some wood-hardening compound and a sealant. You may also need to get the paint brush out and paint over the areas where they’ve had a feast.
Check Your Insurance
If your home is covered, it’s worth a quick call to your insurance company to see if termite damage is included in your policy. This may save you a good deal of money that would otherwise go towards repairs. In some cases, you may just have to pay your basic excess.
After the Repairs
Once all your repairs have been made, it is necessary to remain vigilant for future infestations. You’ll need to schedule routine termite inspections with the same professional who treated your home to ensure that they don’t return and cause further chaos.
There are a few tell-tale signs of a termite infestation, but you should always call in a professional to inspect your property if you suspect that you may have some unwelcome visitors. The same company can efficiently exterminate them as well. If your home is damaged, you should be able to make repairs, depending on the extent of the damage. Make sure to check your insurance policy, and schedule regular inspections with the same pest control company.