Don’t Neglect Getting a Regular Termite Inspection
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The statement ‘prevention is better than a cure’ also applies to termite infestations, regular inspections will keep termites from settling in your home and escalating, saving you thousands in the long run.
Most insurance firms don’t cover termite damage in any policy. The facts are that termites cause significant damage to one house in 3 in Sydney. The Australian Standards AS 3660.2 & AS 4349.3 both recommend at least twelve monthly inspections but strongly advise more frequent inspections. Especially in areas of high risk.
In Sydney Australia, the risk of termite (often called white-ant) infestation is high in most areas, particularly anywhere near the bush or within 100 metres of gum trees. Make certain that your home is inspected every six to 12 months by our friendly accredited technicians.
Termite Inspections in Sydney NSW Australia
Home inspections for timber pests are known in Sydney, Australia as a pest inspection and may also include a building report.
Other services and terms include Termite Inspections, Termite Reports, Pre-Purchase Property Inspections, or a PPI.
These involve a thorough visual inspection of the sub-floor, roof void, interior, exterior, & other areas of the property.
An average house takes anywhere from one to two hours to complete. Cost varies from $275-$550 depending on the size of the house, reason for the inspection and access. This is including G.S.T. or Goods and Services Tax (does not apply to persons who live outside Australia). We recommend that you order a thermal termite inspection if you are buying a new home or have active termites
Most of Sydney is classed as a high risk for termites. For adequate termite protection for most homes in Sydney Australia, we recommend either Termidor termite treatment or Exterra termite baits.
The report consists of eleven pages and digital photos upon request. Please remember a termite inspection report is designed to detect termites at an early stage as to reduce the amount of damage to your house. It does not stop termites. It is strongly recommended a termite inspection report is carried out at least once every twelve months and every three to six months for high risk areas.
Note: There is no household insurance that covers you for termite damage.
A termite inspection report is designed to:
- Detect old damage and active termites
- Gives you the element of risk of infestation
- Gives you tips on reducing the chances of termite infestation
- Gives us enough information to accurately quote you on a termite treatment and to use the most appropriate method
- Most importantly, educates you about termites
- Identifies species of termites
Equipment which may be used to detect termites includes, but is not limited to:
- Professional Quality Torch. This is always a must, and don’t let anyone attempt to inspect your house without one!
- Moisture Meter. Moisture meters pick up high moisture content in walls and timbers which could indicate the presence of. Termites bring up moisture from the soil and into the walls and timbers.
- Flat Head Screwdriver. When termite damaged timber is located and it looks like termites are present, we use a standard flat head screwdriver & carefully lift up a sliver of timber, identifying the species of termites then seal it back up with tape so as not to disturb the termites. Thermal Imaging Camera & Termatrac Termite tracking devices are our best recommendation for pre-purchase inspection pest reports (or PPI).
- A borescope. This is sometimes used for an intrusive termite inspection. It involves drilling a hole in the wall & inserting the borescope inside to obtain a better idea at what is behind the inside sections of your walls. It may be used to see if termites are active without disturbing them.
- A Termatrac. A Termatrac is a termite inspection tool that detects anything moving inside walls using microwave technology. It was invented in Australia and later exported overseas with great success.
- Thermal Imaging Camera. This is our main termite inspection tool and it superseded the Termatrac. Thermal imaging detects termites in large numbers that have formed a wall nest large enough to give off heat to the surface of walls in “hot spots”.
- Termite Donger. This termite tool checks of timbers by tapping timbers which makes changes in tones if damage to timber exists internally or when anomalies in the structures are present. This tool is also known as a Sounder, Knocker, Tapper, or Probe.
Termite Control for Sydney Properties
No one likes to discover an infestation of unwelcome guests on their property, whether it involves termites or other pests.
While the occasional fly can be swatted or sprayed with insecticide, a serious termite infestation is another matter. For the best termite and pest control on your property you require the skills of a professional pest controller!
Getting regular termite inspections
Termites in particular have the capacity to cause wide structural damage. While they do not bite or sting like some other pests, the damage to property from termites can be horrendous. To make matters worse, there is no home insurance cover available for termite damage!
Evidence of termite activity includes holes or ‘honeycomb’ effect in timbers, blistering paint, bubbling effect in Gyprock, and mud tunnels in your grounds outside. However it requires the expertise of a professional pest controller to determine the extent of the damage, and the most appropriate treatments to deal with the infestation.
For this reason it is recommended that Sydney property owners get termite inspections done every six to twelve months as a preventive measure.
Termite eradication treatments
If termite activity is found on your property, the pest controller should then determine the best method of eradication.
This may involve the use of a chemical barrier, bait stations, physical barriers, direct destruction of the nest, or a combination of treatments. Depending on the extent of the infestation, this could cost from $3,000 – $6,000 or more, but if it prevents further damage to your property it could be looked upon as a form on insurance.
In addition, if regular inspections are carried out and the problem detected early, you could end up saving a lot of money on home repairs, especially since major infestations can cause major structural damage to a building. This really is one instance when prevention is truly way better than cure!
Looking for termite and pest control as a package?
A1 Pest Control has over 40 years’ experience in dealing with all types and varieties of pests. Our expertise and experience includes eradicating rodents, bed bugs, dangerous Sydney spiders, flying pests, possums, and cockroaches among others species. We only use products that are environmentally-friendly and safe for humans and pets, but which target the pest to be eradicated.
In addition, our termite inspections use the latest technology available for detecting termite activity, enabling the most efficient and appropriate treatment to be prescribed.
We also provide advice on preventive measures you can take to prevent further infestations. For the best in termite and pest control, give us a call on 0417 251 911, or send an email to email@example.com.