Termite Inspections

Visual Inspection & Report

It’s important to get a termite inspection to check for any activity or damage.
Unfortunately sometimes, termites don't show any noticeable damage until it's too late.

Termites cause billions of damage each and every year.
Termites tend to avoid open spaces and bright areas, and as a result their colonies are typically underground, out of sight or within wood materials so more often than not, termite damage is hidden away from sight. This is why it’s important to get a professional inspector who knows common areas to check for termite damage or conditions conducive to termites.

Our pest and termite inspections involve a visual inspection of the property for evidence of pest activity and/or damage. The areas that will be inspected include the interior and exterior of the building as well as accessible roof cavities and sub floor areas. Our findings will be noted in your pest report which will be issued via email the following morning, including any recommendations for a suitable termite treatment plan.
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What is a Pest Inspection?

A Timber Pest Inspection or Termite Inspection entails a timber pest inspector completing a visual pest and termite inspection of all accessible and available areas of a property for the presence of active termites and/or termite damage. The results in the pest inspection include conductive conditions to termite attacks, risks & recommendations for termite management.

What does a Pest/Termite Inspection entail?

A Termite Inspection is a visual inspection of your property, looking for evidence of termite activity and or termite workings/damage. The inspector will visually inspect the interior and exterior of the home or building including any accessible roof cavities and sub-floor areas. The findings are noted in the termite report, issued via email the following morning.

How long does a Pest Inspection take?

The average Pest Inspection takes approximately 1 hour for a thorough inspection, depending on the size and conditions of the home and property.

How much is a Pest Inspection?

The cost of a pest/termite inspection will vary depending on what region you are located in and the size of the property being inspection. For an accurate quote please contact us today for an approximate idea of the cost.

What do Termites look like?

Subterranean termite colonies consist of three different castes (reproductives, workers and soldiers)which are generally creamy white in appearance and are translucent. The reproductives, or "swarmers", have a pair of even-sized wings and are often mistaken for flying ants. The workers look similar to the "swarmers" only they are a little smaller and do not have wings. The soldiers are also similar except for their oversized heads and large, crushing mandibles.

What is the difference between ants and termites?

There are a few differences between ants and termites. The body shape of an ant is like an hourglass, it narrows between the abdomen in the rear and the thorax in the front. The body of a termite is more cigar-shaped without the narrowing of the body. When wings are present, ants have larger wings in the front and smaller wings in the back, compared to termite swarmers which have relatively equal-sized wings.
Ant antennae are curved, while termite antennae are relatively straight.
Most importantly, termites eat the wood they tunnel through and ants do not.

How do you treat termites?

There are several methods available to treat subterranean termites:

1. Chemical treatment is the most common treatment type available for subterranean termites. The goal of a subterranean termite chemical treatment is to establish a continuous barrier between the termite colony and timber in a building.

2. In-ground baiting systems are also becoming a popular method for treatment of subterranean termites. A subterranean termite baiting system involves placement of cellulose (wood material) bait at strategic locations around the perimeter of the home.

Could there be Hidden Termite Damage?

Absolutely! One of the main characteristics of termites is that they stay underground or within wood products. It is almost impossible for an inspector to visually identify or locate an active termite infestation just by looking at the finished surface of a wall or the accompanying trim.

What can I do to Prevent Termite Infestation?

The current standard method of preventing termite infestation on homes is to have a Pest Inspector visit the home and inject a liquid termiticide to the foundation areas.

Common conditions that could lead to an infestation are:
earth to wood contact at support posts;

  • Cellulose debris and form boards left in the crawlspace
  • Improper drainage away from the structure
  • Inadequate ventilation in the crawlspace. Correction of these conditions will greatly reduce the likelihood of an infestation.

Why do I have to treat if there are no live termites?

If there is evidence of a termite infestation and no evidence of a termite treatment having been done, the inspector must report that the infestation is active, which means in need of treatment, even though no live termites were discovered.

"Great service, very professional and knowdgable. Very throrough inspection and easy to understant the report, highly recommend and will use again when buying a house."

 

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