Termites are a highly destructive timber pest, causing major structural timber damage to buildings in Australia. It’s important to have annual termite inspections of your home or more often if you live in areas with high termite risks, to detect the early signs of termite activity and infestation.

Regardless of whether a physical or chemical barrier has been installed, termites and timber pests can still breach or bridge a dwelling. New disturbances or covering of treated soil in contact with the building may render the building liable to termite attack. For example installation of decking, mulch, garden beds, storm water drainage systems and paving are just some of the changes that can disturb barriers.

The Australian Pest Control Association (APCA) indicates around 1 in 3 buildings have termites within the property boundary. Most homes are at risk if well establish gum trees are within 100 meters of the building.

Reasons why you should have your property inspected for termites:

  • Termites are known to destroy walls or roof timbers within 3 months of infestation
  • According to the APCA termites cause more damage to homes in Australia than fire, floods and storms combined
  • Many home and building insurance policies will NOT cover remedial and repair costs caused by termite damage
  • Termites can pass through a 2mm crack or expansion joint in concrete to gain access to structural timbers
  • Some termites depending on the life cycle/ seasons can fly and move to different areas of property.
  • There are around 3500 species of termites in Australia, but only a handful cause serious problems

A Termite Inspection will be completed by non-invasive methods aided by the latest technologies. All inspections are conducted in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.3-2010 and 3660.1. Invasive inspections can be conducted if required.

We will inspect and report on:

  • The presence or absence of live termite and timber pest activity
  • Suspected evidence of any timber damage
  • A general opinion regarding the presence of conditions at the property conducive to termite or timber pest activity
  • Borers including the highly destructive European House Borer
  • Chemical Delignification
  • Wood rot
  • The property within 30 meters of the building subject to the inspection.
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We will inspect timber accessible areas some of which include:

  • Structural timbers e.g. sub-floor
  • Floor, walls
  • Ceiling joists, battens and roof framing
  • Windows and window frames
  • Skirtings and joinery
  • Attachments and out-buildings e.g. garages, carports, pergolas, patios, verandahs, sheds and posts
  • Garden timbers e.g. landscaping timbers, fences, logs, pool surrounds, garden boxes or tubs, firewood, paving blocks and sleepers
  • Where borer damage, wood rot, chemical delignification is discovered advice will be given on how to maintain or rectify the area affected

Where live active termites are detected we will:

  • Identify the termite genus, and where practicable and possible, the species and its potential to cause structural damage
  • Report on the exact areas where termites were detected (this can make termite treatment easier and therefore more cost-efficient)
Consumer Protection recommends that you arrange for an inspection by a timber pest inspector at least once a year – commerce.wa.gov.au
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