Want One Of The Most Thorough Termite Inspection On The Market?
Whether you just need an annual Termite Inspection or you may have discovered Termites. We have highly experienced, licensed White Ant Inspectors ready to give your home a thorough going over.
With a Termite Inspection, experience matters. There are several main types of timber destroying termites in Australia and understanding their different characteristics is important. Knowing these nesting, eating and exploring habits gives us a better chance in finding termite activity and potentially where the nest/s are.
Termites favour timber that is high in moisture as they require a damp area to survive. Termites can attack drywood if there is a moisture source nearby such as a leaking pipe. This is why we see most termite damage to wet zones like the laundry, bathroom and kitchen. So detecting moisture is a large part of our Termite Inspection. Most homes will hold a safe threshold of moisture which is normal, it's when it goes high we have issues. We use a Thermal Imaging Camera and Scientific Grade Moisture Meter to find these areas of concern during the inspection.
Where Do We Look In A Termite Inspection
Our Termite Inspections are very comprehensive and adhere to Australian Standards 3660.2-2000 for existing buildings. All our Termite Inspectors are agile enough to enter the ceiling space and under floor areas (Subfloor) provided it is safe. The ceiling space inspection is vital to a thorough examination and a simple look from the man hole will not suffice.
Areas Included In A White Ant (Termite) Inspection;
- Ceiling Space (provided there is sufficient height and no foil insulation present)
- Timber Elements to the Ceiling Space eg. Trusses, Joists, Battens
- Timber Elements inside the home
- Timber Architraves
- Kitchen and Bathroom Joinery
- Windows, Doors and Door Jambs
- Walls and Floor Coverings
- Timber Elements External
- Non Structural Retaining Walls
- Gardens and Landscaping
- Other yard structures (Sheds, Gazebos etc) no more than 50 metres from main dwelling.
What equipment is used in our Termite Inspection?
A Termite Inspection as defined by Australian Standards is a Visual Inspection only. At Certified Home Services we go one step further by investing in State-Of-The-Art Equipment and modern inspection techniques.
Some of the equipment used is;
- Thermal Imaging Camera - For aiding in the detection of moisture throughout the home and may help in the detection of Termites.
- Acoustic Probe - Used to sound out hollow timbers and assist in finding Termite Damage.
- Scientific Grade Moisture Meter - This unit helps track down areas of the home which are holding moisture and may indicate a bigger issue.
- High Resolution Digital Camera - For taking photos of Areas of Concern for the Termite Inspection Report
- Borescope Camera - Used in Invasive Inspections where this cable camera is feed into the wall or void for further investigation of areas of concern.
- Digital Reporting Software - Field staff are now 100% paperless as all reports are now digital and can be sent to the customer same day!
Get a 12 Month Warranty With Your Termite Inspection
Some customers will be eligible for a 12 Month Termite Inspection Warranty. To get the warranty customers will have to rectify the termite inspectors recommendations relating to the Conduce Environments.
These Conduce Environments will need to be fixed within 30 days of the Inspection and photo's emailed through to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have been notified that your home is eligible and Termites are found on your property then we will do a localised treatment at no charges.
This can potentially save you $100's of dollars.
Conducive Environment - What attracts termites to my house
A Conducive Environment is an area around your home that can potentially attract Termites or other Timber Pests. Poor ventilation to subfloors, inadequate drainage, gardens up against homes are just a few. Why these areas of concern are high on radar is because they all are a source of moisture. Where there is moisture is a good sign of where Termites will attack. Remove these Conducive Environments and you lower your termite risk factor.
So if you are after a fantastic company to give you a thorough Termite Inspection then give us a call on 1800 UNCOVER (1800862683).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Found Termites and need an effective Termite Treatment?
There are a number of ways you can stumble upon termites in your home. Some people find them cleaning where others might be doing a renovation. Sometimes it’s just noticing some bubbling or cracked paint around door jambs or window sills. The most important thing to remember is not to disturb them by poking and prodding. Quickly get a termite treatment by a qualified and insured pest controller.
As termites eat timber from inside out, by the time you have noticed the termite damage it could be quite extensive. We recommend all clients be proactive and get an annual termite inspection, it’s much much cheaper than the cost of repairing termite damage.
The best practise when termites are found is to keep the area dark and keep foot traffic to a minimum. Resist the urge to spray them with surface spray. You’ll do more harm than good. We want the termites to think they haven’t been discovered. That way a qualified pest controller can get in and do a thorough termite treatment.
How much Damage can Termites do?
If conditions are favourable termites will not stay to a single area. They will follow easy to digest soft timber ensuring there is more than enough food to keep the colony strong. An aggressive specie in a well-developed colony can eat near 500grams of soft damp timber a day! What’s even scarier is people won’t get a Termite Inspection done until they see signs of termite damage. That could be years of damage in the making. When we go to a customer’s home the first thing we do is conduct a thorough Termite Inspection. This will then give us a good indication on the conducive environment that lead them to the house and perhaps even to be able to identify the specie. From this information we can best decide on the application method of the termicide.
Termite Chemicals (Termicide) have advanced significantly in the last few years and that is why it’s important that your pest controller uses the latest chemicals and modern application techniques. We use the market leading Termicide called Termidor which has a unique transfer effect on termites.
How To Treat Termites
Termites are social insects, they communicate through touch, feed each other and even groom one another. These are perfect actions for a chemical to be passed on down the line. Termidor is a very clever chemical.
Being low toxic it doesn’t kill straight away but gives the termite time to reach the colony before showing signs of being infected. By then it would have come into contact with 100’s if not 1000’s of termites. All going about their business while passing the chemical deeper into the nest.
Within days the chemical is wide spread and having a devastating effect on the colony. The success of this application comes down to how many termites come in contact with the chemical. So to ensure a great treatment they must remain undisturbed until treated.
There are several ways termidor can be applied;
- Foaming and/or
It will be up to your trained termite technician to decide on the best treatment method.
When treating termites inside your home we always used a two treatment approach. The first initial treatment is carried out then approximately 2 weeks later we will come back and reinspect the area.
Termite Protection For Your Home
Once you have had Termites at your homes it is impossible to know if they have been destroyed or have simply moved to another area. Termite Treatments are a localised treatment and only covers the area where the termites were. To better protect your home we suggest have a Termite Management System (Termite Barrier) be installed. There are several on the market so we offer a free onsite quote to see which would be suit your dwelling.
Termite Treatment To Tree Stumps
Leaving tree stumps in the ground to rot away is a big no no. It is our most common call out, to treat active termites in a tree stump. What you are doing is providing termites the perfect environment to build a nest or a subnest. Warm, ample moisture and hidden away from predators it won’t be too long before the colony builds a super nest. From here they will make mud tunnels underground searching for food i.e. your home.
The best practise is to remove the stump and it’s crown before termites find it. However if they are present the same rules apply. Don’t disturb them and don’t pour diesel or sump oil over the stump. It will do nothing. For tree stump treatments we drill and inject termicide into the stump. Then we drench the local area around the stump.
For a Fast and Effective Termite Treatment call Certified Home Services on 1800UNCOVER (1800862683). We can arrange an express appointment to give you peace of mind.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]