A termite inspection is the first step in termite management
Australian conditions are particularly suitable for termites. The Australian standard recommends that a termite inspection be carried out every 12 months and more often in high risk areas.
The inspection process
When a termite inspection is carried out, all accessable areas of the home or building are accessed. In each of the areas inspected, the inspector is gaining a knowledge of the risk factors, any previous activity and corresponding damage and is assessing what methods of control might need to be put in place to ensure that no infestation happens in the future.
Termite inspections should be carried out to one of the two Australian standards which give guidelines on what should be inspected, what tools are required, and what experience and qualifications an inspector should possess. The applicable Australian standards are AS4349.3 and AS 3660.2.
An inspection by Pestec will always be accompanied by a report which will detail all findings and recommendations. It will also contain any recommendations for ongoing management.
A pre-purchase inspection is one that is carried out prior to the purchase of a house or building. The main purpose of this inspection is to gain a full understanding of any existing or previous timber pest activity or damage. The report will also detail conducive conditions which may include such things as poor ventilation or drainage or inappropriately stored timbers etc. The value of these reports is that the purchaser is aware of any costs that they might face if they go through with the purchase of the home. Often the purchaser is able to negotiate some reduction in price if significant issues exist.
Inspection a must before treatment
A full inspection should be carried out to a building before any treatment for termites is undertaken. This will allow the technician to properly ascertain where any termites exist before the treatment starts.