Need a Thorough Termite Inspection?
Termites are the silent destroyers capable of causing structural damage to your home. To curb these relentless pests, it is critical to have Termite Inspection in your home annually. These inspections are especially important if you live in a termite prone region or have noticed evidence of termite infestation in the past.
While different termite species thrive in different climates and feed on a wide variety of foods, all termites need 4 things to survive: moisture, optimal temperature and shelter as well as food. Unfortunately, any home, regardless of its construction can provide the ideal conditions for termite infestation.
What Termite Inspection Equipment do we use?
To give our Termite Inspectors a deeper insight into what is happening in your house we used state-of-the-art equipment. This equipment includes;
- Thermal Imaging Camera (for moisture and termites)
- Acoustic Probe (for sounding out hollow timbers and termite mudding)
- Borescope HD Camera (Invasive cable camera or void and wall inspections)
- Tramex High End Moisture Meter (to detect sources of moisture)
- Ladder (for ceiling space inspection)
- High Lumens Torch
- Digital Reporting Software for same day reports
Where we look during a Termite Inspection?
Inspect the interior
The termite inspector will start at the front door and check every room for signs of infestation.The inspector will also check ceilings, wall surfaces and baseboards as well as wood trim for slightly raised areas under wallpaper or paint. Any raised point, droppings, wings and exit holes may also indicate termite activity. The inspector will then examine cracks in interior doors and window frames.
Inspect the exterior
After inspecting the interior, a professional termite inspector will proceed outside and look for signs of termite infestation on the exterior of your home. The inspector will check the perimeter of the home and the foundation. Here, the inspector will be looking for termite tubes and actual termites. The Termite Inspection Report will also advise if there are conducive environments are the dwelling that will attract termites.
Inspect the Ceiling Space
Apart from inspecting the interior and the exterior of your home, the inspector will check the ceiling space of the home for termite damage. They will examine the roof rafters that support the roof sheathing. This area is really important as it has many elements favourable to termites and wood decay fungus. We have seen timbers in a ceiling space decay to the point of needing replacement in as soon as 15months.
Inspect the Subfloor
We go into the crawl space under your home as well as determine if there is damage in floor joists, wood beams and foundation walls. As Termites are subterranean we will be looking for mud leads going up and across the building foundations from the ground. A poorly ventilated Subfloor creates the perfect environment for a Termite Nest. Warm, damp and protected from predators.
Termite infestation can be difficult to identify without conducting a full termite inspection. This ensures that a termite problem can be found before these pests get out of hand. If at any time you believe that your home or business is infested by termites, it is time to schedule a full inspection before it is too late.
What we look for during a Termite Inspection
The 3 major things our Termite Inspectors look for is Termite Activity (Past and Present), Conducive Termite Conditions and Moisture. The last two cause environments that Termites favour and will increase your Termite Risk Factor. The report will explain all areas of concern and recommendations on how to fix them.
Some other key indicators are:
- Termite Droppings
- After consuming wood, termites often leave behind frass droppings. These fecal mounds usually indicate termite infestation.
- Discarded Termite Wings
- Discarded wings left behind by swarming termites are some of the common signs of termite infestation. Termite swarms can occur inside or outside your home as mature termites leave the nest to begin new colonies. Soon after swarming termites take flight, they shed their wings. You are likely to find piles of termite wings on surfaces such as window sills or in spider webs around your home.
- Termite Mud Tubes
- Subterranean termites build mud tubes to serve as bridges between the wood they consume and their colony. Termite tubes are made of tiny pieces of wood, soil and debris. The tubes are used to protect the colony from predators as well as to conserve moisture.
- Termite Swarmers
- Swarmers from mature colonies leave the nest during the fall or spring every year. The exact timing of swarms varies depending on the species and weather conditions. Swarms on the outside of the home may be missed by homeowners as they occur briefly in the morning or afternoon.
- Find out more about what do termites look like by clicking here.
Termite Inspection Report
We have made a large invested into digital technology to make our field staff 100% paperless. This means the Termite Inspector can complete the report onsite and then send it through to the office for quality control. Once checked through the report is then sent onto the client the same day. Our reports include photos which makes explaining areas of concern so much easier. We get a lot of compliments on how well written and easy to read our reports are. When you get your Termite Inspection Report you also get your Termite Inspector's mobile number in case you have more questions after reading through the report.
What happens if Termites are found?
If we come across active termites during an inspection the inspector can give you a quote on what the termite treatment will cost. Once approved we can do a treatment then and there which is backed by a termite warranty. More information can be found on our Termite Treatment Page. You can find more about rooms in your house which will be targeted by termites on our common termite damaged areas page.
If there are signs of active or previous termite activity we strongly recommend a Termite Barrier, now called a Termite Management System. The Inspector on the day is licensed and certified to issue you a free Termite Barrier quote. There are a few systems on the market and the inspector can go through what would best suit your dwelling. More information about this can be found on our Termite Barrier Page.
How often should I get a Termite Inspection?
We strongly suggest an annual inspection to all of our customers. This proactive approach minimises the risk of severe termite damage. With 1 in three houses in Queensland having white ant activity it's a case of not if but when.
South East Queensland has a very favourable environment for high termite activity. Unfortunately termites are just something we have to deal with. A proactive approach against foraging termites is the best way to protect yourself from thousands of dollars of damage. Get in contact with our Termite Inspection team on 1300077133 for a free quote and to book an inspection time.