Pest inspections can be for possums, rodents, bees, wasps, spiders, ants, termites, borers, cockroaches, bedbugs and more. A Licensed Pest Manager can help you deal with all of them.
Because we are a building inspection service, we are only concerned with pests attacking buildings; specifically subterranean termites - also known as "white ants".
Termites are the pest of greatest economic significance to buildings. They cause more damage to buildings than fire, flood and all other causes combined.
See the doorfame pictured above? Our pre-purchase Timber Pest Inspection helps buyers avoid such an alarming discovery.
Termites (aka "white ants") are widespread, almost everywhere that their food can be found, which is cellulose from wood, grass and plants. That includes most things made from wood such as paper and cardboard and of course timber in and around buildings.
Termites are an essential part of the ecosystem, for their role in breaking down dead wood.
Termites are colony insects. When foraging for food, they are able to move underground and unseen for distances over 50 metres from their nest. Their home may be inside a tree trunk, underground or inside a building, located on your property, across the road or further away.
Most houses built in the past 30 years are timber-framed. The outside may be brick but the structural frame is likely to be timber that is susceptible to termite attack.
It is very important to read and understand the limitations of the Required Termite Management System on a new home and what you must do to maintain its effectiveness. Otherwise, the building may be at risk of termite attack. For example, the Required Termite Management System provided by the builder may depend upon you being vigilant in noticing the presence of termite workings then calling a pest controller if you do.
Most houses are built on a concrete slab which is an effective barrier to termites. However, if termites are able to get to the house, they can still crawl up the outside and enter unnoticed unless the perimeter of the house is clearly in view and you are vigilant in identifying the tell-tale muddy appearance of termite workings. Their mud tubes can be thinner than a pencil.
That’s good. Termites don’t eat steel. However, there are other parts of the house typically containing the cellulose they eat, such as doors, windows, skirtings, doorframes, cabinets, pergolas and your own possessions, such as furniture, papers, books, cardboard and musical instruments.
We search carefully for evidence of termite damage, previous activity and previous treatments, reporting and advising you appropriately. We also advise you about "conducive conditions" - things that make your property attractive to termites - and how to manage these. Our knowledge of termite behaviour helps us search in the right places for those signs. We use the standard tools of the pest industry: sight, smell, touch (including percussion) and moisture measuring equipment. The 'Tramex' meter pictured is standard pest industry equipment - click on it for more.
If we find termites we will advise you on several different treatment options. We give this advice impartially, because we aren't selling treatments nor receiving any incentives for recommending them. If live termites are discovered, you will be advised to leave them alone and call a pest manager to eradicate the colony. Use the advice we give you and that of the pest manager, to put in place a termite management plan.
Like any new investment, if you don't already understand a risk, then learn about it or ask someone you can trust for impartial advice.
There are several methods of chemically-treating timber that would otherwise be susceptible to attack. If you have a recently-built house, you should endeavour to obtain the construction documents to see what parts of the building have been made using treated timber and what sort of warranty and effective life may apply to the treatment.
Protection of buildings is the work of Licensed Pest Managers, who have at their disposal various physical and chemical-based systems for keeping termites out of your house and eradicating their colonies.
After you have purchased your property, we recommend that you engage a Licensed Pest Manager to conduct an invasive inspection and advise you further about on on-going termite management plan. Sometimes the vendor will already have a plan in place that you can continue.
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As an Architect, our inspector holds the highest professional building qualification. But he also spent many years on-the-tools actually making things, building and renovating. Professional Indemnity and public liability insured. Licensed builder from 1983 then registered Architect from 2002.
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