termite inspection

Termite inspection in Albury, Wodonga & Rutherglen - detect termites early and limit termite damage

We conduct a thorough specialist termite inspection. Our company uses the latest inspection technology including moisture, radar, borescope/endoscope cameras, and thermal cameras.

Termites can gain undetected entry to your home. They can do large amounts of damage before they are discovered. A regular termite inspection can pick up termites before they get too far. Finding the termites early can make treatment faster and limit damage.

Get a regular termite inspection - don't let termites go undetected in your home

Most of the houses that we treat for termites have extensive damage done to the house by the time we start treatment. Often, if we find termites in a house during a termite inspection, there has been very little damage and treatment is quicker.

Much of this extensive damage (and repair cost) could be avoided if your house is inspected by a professional regularly. Australian Standards suggest that houses in the high-risk termite areas of Australia should have their home inspected at least once per year

Termite inspection of timbers

Motion Detection (Radar)

We use the Termatrac T3i motion detection device. It’s the best way to confirm termite presence (short of removing the plaster, of course).

We are accredited users of this device and we use them every day during our termite inspection.

termatrac t3i used in our termite inspection
Termatrac T3i device showing termite movement.

Thermal cameras in our termite inspection

We use Flir thermal cameras to confirm the presence of termites, along with moisture detection and motion detection.

Thermal cameras have limited use if used on their own in a termite inspection, and we don’t use them in this way.

Thermal cameras are not x-ray cameras – they only pick up surface temperature. This surface temperature can be affected by air conditioners, water leaks, etc., which limits their use in finding termites without the use of moisture and motion detectors.

These images were taken with our Flir C3 thermal camera.

thermal camera before
thermal camera after
Thermal camera showing a termite sub-nest (yellow). There is also a water leak in the top-right (blue)

We exceed the minimum termite inspection requirements

The Australian Standard makes the minimum requirements very clear when it comes to reporting, and most reputable pest inspectors will meet those requirements. 

We choose to exceed this standard for our timber pest inspections. We don’t just do check-box reports. We take the time to provide more information as part of our duty of care. 

termite inspection report

Frequently Asked Questions

A termite inspection of a standard 3-4 bedroom house on a concrete slab should take between 1h 15m and 1h 30m.

More time is required if there is difficulty accessing areas, or if the floor is a suspended floor. 

An inspection to Australian Standards is only a description of the building at the time of inspection.

It does not guarantee that termites will not enter the building at any time after the inspection.

An inspection is intended to catch termites early before damage becomes extensive, and while the termite colony is hopefully young and easy to treat.

In order to protect your house from termites, you should consider a preventative termite treatment.

The inspector will need to get to all internal walls.

We ask that you please move heavy furniture and stored articles off the wall to allow access behind them. 

Where we go:

  • The entire inside of the house.
  • The building exterior.
  • The roof void.
  • Under the floor (if applicable).
  • Sheds, garage, and other structures.
  • Gardens, landscaping timbers, and fences.

Searching for termites:

  • We use moisture detection throughout the internal walls of the house during our termite inspection. Using a moisture detector, we search for the damp mud that termites bring into the walls with them. 
  •  The Termatrac T3i termite motion detection device helps to spot termite movement in the walls. We use this device to confirm termite presence after we have found moisture.
  • Thermal imaging is used to search for any heat caused by termite congregation in walls.
  • We sound timbers by tapping, brushing, and thumping walls to find hollow or dense sounding materials. 
  • We search for visual signs, such as rippling of plaster, timber discolouration, termite mud, and other signs during our termite inspection.

Other things we look for in our termite inspection:

  • Water leaks.
  • Wood rot.
  • Conditions that can attract termites.
  • Inspect the condition of any termite barriers.

 

  • A description of the building construction and access restrictions.
  • Termites, including active termites and existing termite damage & nests.
  • Moisture readings.
  • Comments on existing termite treatments.
  • Advice on termite prevention.
  • Termite shield (ant cap) inspection
  • Physical termite barrier inspection.
  • Fungal decay (wood rot).
  • Conditions that can attract termites to the area.
  • How to lower your risk of termite attack.
  • Comments on drainage and subfloor ventilation.
  • Water leaks.

Thermal cameras have significant limitations:

  • Contrary to popular belief, they are not x-ray cameras. They only pick up surface temperature.
  • They are less effective if the air conditioner is on.
  • They are less effective at picking up termite activity in summer, when the ambient temperature is hot.
  • They are less effective when photographing glossy or reflective surfaces.

We find thermal cameras useful as a part of a full inspection, but do not rely on them entirely. They do not replace the need for a full termite inspection with moisture detection.

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Pianto's Pest Control COVID-19 Policy

To all of our clients.

We hope you’re all keeping safe and well in this difficult time.

Our business is still operating and servicing our clients as normal, with some changes to procedure.

We are offering flexible payment plans for people who have been financially affected by COVID-19. If you need to arrange a payment plan, please call us and we are more than happy to help.

At this time, the information from federal and state governments is that it is still okay for those in service industries to go to work. We are doing so, while still obeying the rules regarding social distancing:

  • We are doing our best to keep a minimum 1.5m distance from our clients and other residents during our visits. 
  • We are sanitising our hands on arrival and frequently during our visits. We also regularly disinfect our tools before bringing them inside. If you want us to wear protective gloves and a face mask, please let us know – we’re happy to do what we can to help you feel safe.
  • We ask that if you are unwell or isolating that you tell us before we arrive so that we can either reschedule or arrange for other ways to do our job.

Our office procedures remain largely unchanged. We are a mobile business and are very accustomed to running our business on the road. We have no central office to close up. We already have cloud-connected services in place and our business is not largely paper-based.

At the moment we are not experiencing any supply problems. Our suppliers are still trading and we have plenty of stock of our most common chemistry and products to do our job.

Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you!

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Rutherglen VIC 3685

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