Love At First Bite! Termites & Pest Inspections

21st June 2019

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Timber sleeper retaining walls are extremely popular and can be found in most Australian yards, as can Termites.

However nice and neat they look when first installed, timber retaining walls eventually break down and become buffets for Termites. Even treated timber loses its protection being exposed to sun and rain. Timber in direct contact with soil often carries high moisture and can become the perfect home for a Termite Nest. If building timber retaining walls we suggest thinking ahead and allowing sufficient drainage behind and below the wall.

Many Building and Pest Inspections we conduct will find active termites in the yard and a termite nest will often be found in a tree stump or timber retaining wall. So when purchasing a property take the time to walk around the gardens and examine the state of the retaining walls. If the area carries a lot of moisture and the timber is more than 5 years old then chances are you have got yourself the perfect area conducive to termite activity.

But don’t be alarmed! It’s not always a massive issue and generally speaking the termites can be treated relatively cheaply. After treatment we strongly recommend the timbers are replaced and the installation of a termite barrier system.

Uncover any potential issues now with a Pest Inspection

The objective of a pest inspection is to test a property for pest and termites at the date and time of the inspection in accordance with the Australian Standards for timber pest inspections. All pest inspections are carried out in compliance with Standard AS 4349.3-2007.

The inspector will look for current termite infestations as well as evidence of old activity, documenting any infestations and any visible termite damage. The Pest Inspection Report will indicate whether any termite barriers exist on the property and if any termite control programs are already in place.

Where applicable, we also perform;

  • Electronic moisture meter check, used to identify excessive moisture created by termites, or providing conducive conditions for potential termite attacks.
  • Sounding, using a tapper to identify if timber elements are hollow.
  • Probing, using the probe to identify soft or hollow timber made so by decay, termites, delignification, borers or moister.

When Gold Coast Inspections are looking over your proposed property purchase, we are also assessing environmental conditions in and around the property that may make it more susceptible to a timber pest attack. Meaning you can take action to decrease the likelihood of a potential timber pest attack in the future.

If you have any particular concerns or queries about the property you can let us know and we will investigate these for you at the time of the inspection.

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Or call us now on 0448 118 063.