A Termite inspection report is a thorough inspection of the sub-floor, roof void, interior and exterior of the house. Takes anywhere from maybe 45 minutes to an hour to carry out. So what we do is we look to see whether the termites are coming up, we especially take notice of these ant caps. Ant caps are designed to enable us to see the termites easier. Because at the ant caps, termites will come up the wall, come along the ant cap, and they go over the ant cap. This is what they call a little bit of termite nesting in the floor. You can see that termite lead going up the wall there. Starts at the ground, climbs its way up, into the floor and starts eating the floor. When I'm shining around the torch I'm not just shining around aimlessly, I'm looking for subtle discrepancies in the timber like as you can see here how it's been raised. That's a typical sign that there could be some termites in that piece of timber. See how it has left the paint behind. Just go like this, there is no structural integrity behind this timber at all.
The reason being why the lady rang me up in the very first place: her little toddler had put his hand through the wall here. He just leant up against it and created a hole, and OK, she said how did you do that, but what happened one week down the track, she started seeing all this dirt here, this termite mud. So lets have a little look inside here, it's very important when your doing a termite inspection to ascertain what sort of variety of termite there is, so we will just open it up here and have a look.
A termite inspection report does not treat termites. A termite inspection report is designed to detect termites at an early stage so it doesn't cause as much damage to your property. Strongly recommend that a termite inspection report be carried out at least once every 12 months and don't forget, there is no household insurance for termite damage and there is millions of dollars spent every year in Australia because of termites.
Bit of timber which has turned to paper. Here's the timber in the wall, it's confetti. Termites have completely eaten it out. [Sigh], it's just all eaten out, see they channel into the timber.
Let's have a look at the roof and see what's going on up there. If they get up in the roof, well [sigh] it's major dollars to try and fix up any sort of roof work, especially if they eat out major structural beams, I mean you gotta take the tiles off, then you gotta do this, then you gotta tarp it up, then you gotta put the tiles back and replace all the damage, its just a nightmare, it's something you just don't want to happen.
Here's what we do, we get our donger and check out the structural integrity of the timber. This is my favourite job, this one. So if you haven't had a termite inspection done within the last 12 months, just give us a ring on the termite control hotline number 1300 24 33 77 or likewise 1300 CHEERS and we'll endeavour to assist you in the best possible way.