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We all love summer. Unfortunately, so do termites.

Though they can be nuisances all year round, termites thrive in warm weather and are particularly active during this time. Canberra is an especially high-risk area for termite infestation, according to CSIRO, with 1 in 3 homes and businesses being vulnerable. We’ve previously compiled a list of signs to watch out for, but the best way to protect your property — and everyone who lives and works there — is to make sure you schedule regular inspections every six months.

Why do I need an inspection?

Termites are known for their taste for wood but are actually attracted to the cellulose inside, which can be found in many other household and garden materials. Moisture is another termite magnet — they can often be found in clogged gutters or damp soil.

This means that, to termites, your home is quite the buffet and unfortunately they are not the most gracious guests. Besides their ravenous appetite that can do huge amounts of damage in very little time, a termite queen can lay up to 10 million eggs per year. We’re all guilty of procrastination from time to time — and with the holidays coming up, the last thing on your mind is probably those unwanted pests — but the longer you put off that inspection, the more mouths you will have eating away at your property.

When do I need an inspection?

Besides twice-yearly inspections, it is also important to schedule inspections before and after selling your home and at the first sign of possible infestation.

Can’t I do it myself?

While it is important for you to keep an eye out for signs of infestation, DIY treatments don’t work. Only pest control specialists like A1 know exactly how to kill the nest and ensure the termites don’t come back.

Keep your property pest-free and prevent costly repairs. With the end of the year approaching, now is the perfect time to book with us. A1 Professional Pest Control specialises in termite inspections and barriers. To find out more about our Canberra pest control services, feel free to reach out to one of the members of our team on 02 6278 5858.

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