Termite Inspection Sydney

Termite Inspection Specialists

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Need a termite inspection at your property? We’ve performed thousands of termite inspections across the Sydney region for our customers. We are Sydney’s leading experts in identifying termites across all types of properties, both residential and commercial.

With over 20+ years of experience in the termite inspection business, we continually improve our termite detection capabilities by researching and upgrading to the latest and most innovative technology available worldwide. Our fully trained termite inspection technicians utilise anything from thermal imaging, moisture meters, to listening devices in order to detect even the earliest stages of a termite infestation in your property. 

If you’re feeling ready to book a termite inspection now, please use our online booking form below to receive a 10% discount.

If you’d like to learn more about how we conduct termite inspections at Sydney’s Best Pest Control, please keep reading below where you will find everything you need to know about termite inspections.

If you’re more interested in reading about how we treat and control termites, please see our dedicated page detailing termite treatment options.

For free and immediate advice, please call us on 1800 819 189. We’ll be happy to answer any of your termite control questions.  

8 Common Signs of Termites

Here is a list of the common signs to look for when inspecting for termites:

  1. Hollowed wood, with outer shell of wood intact
  2. Earthen shelter tubes and mud packing on brickwork in subfloor areas or around home
  3. Flight tubes from the release of alates (winged form of termites)
  4. Swarms of alates flying from the colony (usually in Nov/ Dec)
  5. Presence of termite castes in trees or workings
  6. Flight cuts in trees
  7. Noises
  8. Presence of mounds or nests in trees. 

Visual Termite Inspection

A visual timber termite inspection can be found in the Australian Standard 3660. The inspection reports on termite activity in your dwelling and up to 50 meters from the dwelling.

In most cases, your home is the most expensive item you might own. Termites can result in significant damage and financial loss. The Australian Standard recommends that a visual timber pest inspection should be conducted every 12 months.

During each termite inspection, we inspect the following areas:

  • Grounds
  • Landscaping
  • Fences
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Roof void

During the inspection, we carry out a visual check of all exposed timbers including: skirtings, architraves to doors, windows and ceiling timbers, as well as fences, gardens and general landscaping.

There is a special focus on areas close to the structure,  such as weep holes, the closeness of gardens, plants, shrubs and trees, areas of excessive moisture, poor building practices (from a termite management point of view), bathrooms, toilets and kitchen areas and ceiling spaces.

Termite Dog Inspection

Detecting timber pests like termites using traditional techniques such as a visual inspection can sometimes be problematic. This is because timber may be infested with termites but not show any visible signs such as holes. Prevailing weather conditions and the quality and accuracy of information shared, can hinder visual inspections. Hence why Sydney’s Best Pest Control can offer you a fail-proof solution – a termite inspection dog.

A termite detection dog is trained to use its sense of smell to detect a specific odour released by termites. It is then taught to indicate that it has detected the odour.

Reasons to Use a Termite Dog

  • When a subfloor inspection is not possible due to a no access hole or there are clearance problems between ground and timbers
  • If termites have just entered the property and there is no visible evidence to internal timbers
  • Termite detection dogs are the only detection tool that can detect termites in floorboards if a carpet is present.
  • Dogs can smell things that we cannot see. Like the drug dogs at the airport, termite sniffer dogs are trained on live termites

How to Prepare Your Property for a Termite Inspection

Sydney’s Best Pest Control recommends that if possible, the following 4 steps should be followed to ensure that a comprehensive termite inspection can be conducted by your inspector:

  1. Remove any items stored in cupboards that are directly under sinks in your kitchen, bathrooms, toilets, and utility room
  2. Move back any objects that are within a metre or so of the exterior of your house and garage
  3. Trim all bushes and plants growing around the outside of your property, as these could also conceal damage that is important for your termite inspector to see
  4. Ensure your attic is accessible and not blocked by storage

Termite Inspection Reports

In summary, Australian Standards recommends at a minimum 1 per year. Your termite specialist may recommend more than the minimum, depending if you live in a high-risk area

On completion of the inspection, you will be emailed a completed inspection report. Our thorough inspections result in reports which are understandable for everybody with recommendations and findings. Our reports include:

  • Termite activity
  • Termite workings and damage
  • Termite nests
  • Susceptible areas
  • Conducive conditions
  • Moisture areas, drainage problems and water leaks
  • Fungal decay
  • Suspected trees and stumps
  • Treatments required
  • Recommendations – how to resolve any found issues
  • Termite inspection cost

Termite inspections with a termite dog do cost more because of the cost of ongoing training associated with keeping the dog as accurate as possible.

Termites do more damage to Australian homes than fires, storms and earthquakes put together. Termite invasions are frustrating, costly, damaging, and downright devastating. Eating from the inside out, termite damage can be substantial by the time it is detected.

Annual termite inspections on your property by a qualified timber pest technician are highly recommended and knowing about the early signs of termite infestation is the key to a fast and long-term solution.

Book your Termite control service today!

How Often Should a Termite Inspection be done?

Termites do more damage to Australian homes than fires, storms and earthquakes put together. Termite invasions are frustrating, costly, damaging, and downright devastating if they’re not detected early. Eating from the inside out, termite damage can be substantial by the time it is detected. For these reasons, it is highly recommended that you get annual termite inspections performed on your property. Always ensure that inspections are carried out by a qualified timber pest control technician. Remember, uncovering the early signs of a termite infestation is the key to protecting your property, whilst saving you time and money.

Termite Inspections - FAQ

My home is on a concrete slab so doesn’t this mean I won’t get termites?

This is a common misconception. Termites readily penetrate concrete slab floors through gaps such as expansion joints and cracks and alongside service penetrations such as pipes, drains, electrics, etc. Termites can also gain entry over the outside edge of the slab floor, sometimes by building mud shelter tubes that protect termites from the elements. In recent years, timber-framed, brick veneer homes built on concrete slabs have become extremely popular. This form of construction is one of the highest risk types in terms of termite attack.

If I have a full brick home, does that mean I don’t have to worry about termites?

No. The roof structure in a full brick home is supported by timber framing and termites can gain access by travelling inside the cavity walls. Also, where this type of home has a suspended timber floor, termites can severely damage the flooring and support bearers and joists

Do I need to leave the property?

No, unless of course, you want to. Termite controllers primarily use no or low odour materials in and around homes and businesses. If, however, you would feel more comfortable with leaving or are chemically sensitive, then let the technician know.

How long will the termite inspection take?

Usually, depending on the size of your house and property, it takes about 1-2 hours.  A skilled, experienced technician will check the entire house thoroughly, from foundation to roof.

Contact us now at 1800 819 189 or fill out our online form for a free quote and expert advice on termite control solutions.

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