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Frequently Asked Questions - Pest Inspection
Termites require a higher humidity in their workings than their surroundings. Moisture meters detect this, but leaks from plumbing, water systems, air conditioning equipment and guttering may also be detected and therefore must be investigated.
Chemical barriers can be bridged or breached at any time by any number of factors including servicing of property facilities, landscaping, additions, modifications, rodents, soil leaching and tree roots. The chemical itself also degenerates. Generally, barriers should be re-applied about every 5 years and regular annual inspections by a specialised timber pest consultant are essential.
Regular inspections are normally part of a chemical barrier treatment contract, as the colony may continue to exist outside the building - neglect these at your peril. Also the chemical degenerates in the soil.
No - these treatments simply give a false sense of security.
Any physical barrier can be bridged or breached by electrical and plumbing services, additions, modifications, renovations, and landscaping. Their primary function is to force termite activity to become visible to inspection. Regular inspections by a specialised timber pest consultant continue to be essential.
Bait monitors alert property owners to termite presence so that attacked monitors can be used to eradicate the colony by introducing substances specifically designed to disrupt termite growth, digestion and colony behaviour. This must be undertaken by a specialised timber pest consultant.
Yes, that's why it's essential to have an accurate identification so that control options can be carefully chosen according to the particular termite species.
Often the chemical doesn't penetrate the heartwood, so the timber centre can be susceptible to termites which may be exacerbated by timber splitting or weathering.
Most infestations in buildings occur from nests in trees, stumps and landscape materials, but if moisture is continuously present, soil contact is not essential.
Arsenic trioxide must be applied into termite workings by a very experienced timber pest consultant in minute quantities in a very directed manner. Often it is not the most appropriate method to use.
In compliance with Australian Standards and best practice, our reports will clearly spell out which areas of a house were not visible because they were either not accessible, or partially or completely obstructed and for what reason, so you can choose to make further special investigation of these areas should you be concerned.
As you can appreciate, we can only report on defects we can actually detect. If our Inspector was not able to get under the house, his report will clearly say this as well as reflect this in his risk assessment of termite activity and other hidden defects i.e. the greater the number of inaccessible areas in a house, the higher the risk of there being issues we have not been able to detect... including termite activity.