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.
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.
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.
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.
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.