The short answer is Yes! White ants and timber pests can cause costly damage to a property and it is recommended that as a buyer you include a special condition (commonly referred to as ‘white ant condition’) in the contract to make sure that there is no damaged caused by termites or other creepy crawlies that effects the structure of the property.
It is usually up to the buyer to pay for the cost of having a White Ant Report done with a professional Pest Control Company and is usually written into the Contract of Sale as a special condition. A white ant inspection in most cases is not carried out until Finance has been approved and the sale of the property can move forward to the next step prior to Settlement.
Termites and other pests can cause a lot of damage to houses but can be avoided by remember these facts;
- Termites are attracted to wood, so remove potential termite food away from buildings – their food can include timber stacks, old stumps, building refuse, garden decoration such as sleepers and logs
- Waste timber from construction activities is often left in place or stored under the house – remove all timber formwork
- Timber can be treated to prevent termite attack, and some timbers are naturally resistant – use treated or naturally resistant timber when it is in contact with, or close to, soil
- Termites are attracted to water, so fix leaking water pipes, drains, showers, sinks etc, plus capture water from air conditioning units
- Termites prefer humid conditions, so keep air under the house dry by improving sub-floor ventilation, drainage and access
- Termites cannot chew through properly laid concrete, so ensure concrete slab is properly designed, compacted, and cured
- Termite colonies can sometimes be located – it is possible to eliminate colonies by killing the reproductives (the queen and the king).
So if you think you may have them, or your buying a house get a white ant inspection done and even have regular inspections done and save yourself any future heartache.
I recommend using Total Pest Solutions and tell all my clients to use them, but your more than welcome to use whoever you like but make sure you get the report and if anything is on it, you get it treated asap.
Let us know in the comments below if you have had a termite infestation or problem and how you solved the problem. Don’t let the bed bugs bite!