Termite Inspections

A termite inspection is recommended by Australian Standards to be carried out at intervals not exceeding 12 months. Some houses may have recommendations for inspections at a shorter interval which would be due to the property being a very high risk of termite attack or has possibly just had a termite control treatment carried out. The recent inspections are recommended in this time frame he is because some properties may not have a termite control management plan, some properties do have a managed termite management plan in place but it is designed to make termite entry visible and not prevent entry and other properties that have a termite management plan in place the purpose of the inspection is to make sure that termites have not breached this  system,  also it is in the  home  owners interest as an inspection is only as good as the person who carries out the inspection and the day it is done so potentially termites can turn up shortly after an inspection and will not be picked up until the next inspection and the shorter the time period in between the inspections there is less risk of having extensive termite damage done to the house or timber structure which will require much less repair work and in the end saving you money.

Why use Bugs Or Us Pest Control?

Bugs Or Us Pest Control  have more equipment available to us to carry out more accurate inspections then a large majority of other competitors, basically this is our field of specialty.  Bugs or us Pest Control specialises in doing inspection work based on the fact that we have all this equipment available like our termite detection dog,  a thermal camera and termatrac t3i,  it is all these tools and our many years of experience that set us apart from over 99% of other businesses.

What information may you find in a termite inspection report?

All reports are written or approved by our insurance companies assuming your inspector is insured so there are set questions that we are required to answer and limitations to where we are able to access all in accordance with the Australian Standard. In your report we will we will comment if we feel there are active termites,  if we feel there has been previous termite damage, if there has been a previous termite management plan implemented and conditions that may be  conducive to termite attack.  If required we are also able to carry out a termite management plan proposal that will best suit your property.

How do we carry out a Termite Inspection?

Like all inspectors we attempt to gain access to all accessible areas of the house (  the subfloor,  interior,  roof void and grounds where applicable )  and use our extensive training to detect any evidence of past or current activity of termites. We use a vast array of tools to try and identify any termite problems that need to be reported on.

Are there different levels of termite inspections?

Yes. Not all businesses or termite inspectors have the same amount of equipment available to each of us so depending on the businesses investment on termite inspection equipment will usually depend on the level of service that you are offered and their ability to try and detect termites. At bugs or us Pest Control we will usually offer 2 levels of inspections and recommend the inspection that best suits your property

  1. Standard Termite Inspection-  this  termite inspection is basically a standard termite inspection is recommended by the Australian standards  and what most pest control firms will offer you. During this inspection we will carry out a standard visual inspection of your property we will also use as a bonus at no extra charge our Testo 882 thermal camera.  We will generally recommend this inspection on properties that have excellent access by this we mean good access to all areas underneath a subfloor if your house has a suspended floor or if your house is on a concrete slab you have a 75 mm concrete slab edge exposure.
  2. High-end Termite Inspection-  This termite inspection exceeds the base requirements recommended by the Australian Standard and implements equipment that the Australian Standards recommends but does not consider it to be essential unless there are suspicious areas of possible termite activity that are  undeterminable. So in this inspection termite inspection we will use our thermal camera our termite detection dog and termatrac we recommend  this level of termite inspection on almost all concrete slab houses as nearly all of them do not have a 75 mm concrete slab exposure and on any  house that has restricted access  especially in the sub floor area or where houses are joined to each other.

Why should I spend the extra money to have a high-end termite inspection?

As we have previously mentioned our reports will state any obstructions that may effect us finding termites so if your property has any restrictions as mentioned in the high and termite inspection having a standard termite inspection done on this property may only be as high as 30% accurate, where if we were to use our termite detection dog and carry out the high-end termite inspection the termite inspection would be over 90% accurate this is a huge difference in accuracy for a small amount of money.

But it costs a lot to have a termite inspection done every year question mark

Yes this is what the average household of things until they have had a termite infestation in the house and have had to repair the damage.  to give you an idea to carry out a standard termite inspection over a 10 year period may cost you between  $2,000 and $4,000 (  this is depending on where you live how big your house is and your location ). Now if we detect termites before you the homeowner has detected them we could save you anywhere between $1,000 and in excess of $100,000 depending on how long it would take for you to find the activity or the termites to become visible as the longer they are there the more damage they are doing. you need to bear in mind that repairing termite work can include the removal of wall linings, flooring, sometimes roofing then the replacing of damaged timbers, wall linings, roofing, tiling and painting, hence why a repair bill can add up to a lot of money this is also why I termite management plan is always recommended if there is not an active termite plan in place as prevention is far cheaper than cure.

How do I prepare for a termite inspection?

It does not generally require a lot of work realistically we need to be able to gain access to the sub floor of the house if applicable and to wear your manhole is for the roof void if applicable and as long as the house is in generally clean condition and inspection can be carried out so the less clutter around the walls and floor the better.  If we are using our termite detection dog we do request that any cats or dogs be contained away from our working area with the dog.

What is an invasive termite inspection?

An invasive termite inspection will be recommended buy a termite inspector when they have a suspicious indication of termites but cannot visually confirm this therefore they will request to be able to remove some wall lining or drill holes in areas to try and determine if there is termite activity.  At Bugs Or Us Pest Control with the use of all out equipment like  our termite detection dog and termatrac we are usually able to provide a much more accurate inspection prior to recommending and invasive termite inspection. The reason for this is most pest control firms will rely off a high moisture reading alone and we are relying on our termite detection dogs nose and the termatrac detecting movement is the last thing the homeowner wants is to have holes put in their wall for what turns out to be no termite activity.

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