Termite Inspection Process
If you are getting a Termite Inspection at your house, you need to be confident that the process is being done correctly. At Top Dog Pest Control our team are experts in dealing with termites and have saved many homes from costly repairs. Termite inspections should be done at a minimum of every 12 months depending on the structure to ensure that your home is safe from this deadly pest. Let’s walk you through what will happen when you book a Termite Inspection with Top Dog Pest Control.
Start on the Outside
Your inspector will start on the outside of your house and check for evidence of any termite infestation. He will do a thorough check of your
- trees and any tree stumps
Our experts know where termites like to hide and will find them if they are there. Once they have checked the grounds of your property they will then move onto any external structures.
When the inspector has finished with the outside of your property they will then move indoors.
Inside the House
Inside the house, they will inspect every room checking all
- Skirting Boards
Whilst checking the inside of the house the inspectors will also check behind your showers and under windows for signs of moisture. Termites love moisture and it can be a main source of attractant for the pests, knowing the signs of moisture infiltration is a key part of the inspection.
This is an absolute must and should always be carried out, there have been many instances where Top Dog inspectors have turned up to homes and discovered termites in the Roof Void. As long as there is reasonable access to the roof void the manhole must be 400 x 500 to be considered reasonable access.
The manhole must also be accessible with a 3.6m ladder anything higher than that is deemed unsafe and can be recorded as a limitation on the report. Once access is gained for the roof void there must be at least 600 x 600 in the crawl space otherwise the inspector can refuse to do the inspection.
If your house isn’t built directly onto a slab and you have a subfloor it must be inspected during the process. The crawl space must be a minimum of 400 x 400 to be inspected, if space is smaller than that it is very difficult to perform a safe inspection.
If the inspector deems that he can’t do the inspection he will have to note that in his report and report it as a limitation.
Tools of the Trade
Whilst there are many tools that can be used there are three that Top Dog Pest Control uses for every termite inspection and most inspections can be carried out only using these three tools
- Moisture Meter
- Sounding Device
- Thermal Imaging Camera
The advent of using the Drone in termite Inspections has changed the game making access hard to get to spots. High roofs and decks can be inspected now with the drone doing all the hard work and keeping our inspectors safe on the ground.