Q. What do I do if I just discovered termites in my home?
A. If you have found termite activity in or around your home, do not touch or disturb them! Phone Skippy and we will discuss the best course of action.
Q. What can I do to reduce the risk of a termite infestation?
A. There are many small things you can do to reduce the risk of a termite infestation. The first is to remove any sources of moisture from around the exterior of the property and not to store anything directly against your home. Having mulch in garden beds that run along the exterior of the home is particular attractive for termites as it retains a great amount of moisture and they use this to construct their mud shelters against walls to gain access into the home. Regular inspections and understanding the construction of your home will serve to greatly reduce your risk of termite infestation.
Q. Are White Ants the same as termites?
A. Termites are commonly referred to as ‘White Ants’, and essentially, they are the same. However, termites are not actually ants at all, so the term ‘White Ants’ is an inaccurate description. Termites are more closely related to cockroaches, being classified (taxonomy) in epifamily Termitoidae, of the cockroach Order, Blattaria.
Q. Do you offer a warranty with your termite treatment?
A. A Service Warranty is offered with all services conducted and remains current providing an inspection is conducted annually. Timber Replacement Warranties can be purchased at a cost. Contact us for more information on our Service and Timber Replacement Warranties.
Q. How often should I have my house inspected?
A. The Australian Standard recommends an inspection at least every 12 months, and more frequently if the property experiences a high rating of termite risk.
Q. Does a brick home on a concrete slab stop termites?
A. No – imperfections in the brick work, plumbing entry points, telecommunications and power cables all help termites enter a brick home.
Q. Do termites eat hardwood?
A. Yes, termites eat pretty much anything they can get a hold of, with any sort of wood materials being the most desired – this includes hard and softwoods.
Q. How often should I have my Treated Zone reapplied?
A. There are a number of variables that dictate reapplication of a Treated Zone, and it usually varies from 3 to 8 years. It is dependant on the type of chemical used, the system used, and the consistency of the soil. Contact Skippy to find out how often your Treated Zone should be reapplied.
Q. Is a baiting and monitoring system enough to protect my house?
A. Each individual house dictates what system is ‘enough’ to protect a house – however there are never any guarantees. Usually a baiting and monitoring system in conjunction with an annual inspection is the best way to prevent termites and protect your property.
Q. Do you have professional indemnity and public liability insurance?
A. Yes. All Skippy’s licenses are kept current and up-to-date.