Pest Inspection – This Pre Purchase Inspection Looks For Termites And More

A Pest Inspection Report is a great indicator on the
health of the property.

The Timber Pest Inspection will report on activity by Termites, Wood Borers and Timber Decay Fungus. These three timber pests have the ability to cause expensive damage to a property. Normally hidden to the untrained eye our Timber Pest Inspector will show you all the common problem areas where this trio live.

Another important area of concern the report goes into is Conducive environments.

An example of Conducive Environments would be;

  • Poor drainage from broken or inadequate guttering or down pipes
  • Air Conditioners leaking their condensation drains next to the house
  • Poor drainage or air ventilation to the subfloor
  • Tree stumps not removed and allowed to rot away in the ground
  • Garden beds up against house walls

The reason why these are areas of concern is because they are either a potential food or water source for termites.

Termites

Termites are mostly made up of liquid and need to be around moisture to survive. That's why you will generally see termite damage close to a moisture issue. Termites favour damp timber which will be easier for them to break down. They can still attack dry timber but this will quickly dry them out. Dry timber will normally be covered by termite mud where they can create their own damp environment. More conducive examples can be found on our Termite Protection page.

Pest Inspection - Flying termites make a new nest

Flying Termite Swarm

It is important that the Timber Pest Inspector looks around the property trying to find these areas of concern as they are termite attractants. They might not be present now but the issue is they are problems in waiting.

Termite Nests go through stages during the seasons and one is when the Alates (Winged Termites) leave the nest in a termite swarm to go forth and prosper. These guys need to find two things, a mate and a environment perfect for building a nest. Not being great flyers, if you see a swarm then it is safe to say there is a termite nest nearby. This will generally happen in the warmer months when termites are most active.

Wood Borers

A common find during a Timber Pest Inspection areĀ wood borers. They enter the house by being in timber furniture brought into the home. Unlike termites, wood borers don't need moisture to survive. They are menacing to homes because they lay their eggs in the crack of timber floor boards. Then in the not to distance future the eggs hatch and the floor boards become the new food source. The treatment we recommend is to have the affected floor boards replaced.

Wood Decay Fungus

Wood Decay Fungus under the right conditions can be as damaging as termites. Several types of fungus eat the damp wood making it rot away. The fix is to remove the moisture source then replace the timbers.

The most important thing to remember about timber pests is that they can go unnoticed to the untrained eye. Especially termites eating timber from the inside out, months can go by before signs of these pests are present. To get a thorough Pest Inspection call our friendly team to arrange a time on 1800 UNCOVER (1800682683).

 

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