Have you had your yearly termite inspection?

It is recommended to at least have yearly termite inspections, as per the Australian Standard AS3660, even if you have a termite protection system innplace.

Licensing requirements for timber pest inspectors vary from state to state with each having different minimum requirements.  Australian standards require a pest inspector to possess a certain amount of technical knowledge and experience. They should know about local building practices as well as the habits of termites, where they’re likely to be found and the signs of infestation.

To have this level of competency, a timber pest inspector should have:

  • Done at least 40 timber pest inspections and reports under appropriate direct supervision

  • Done a timber inspection course

  • Achieved competence in units 8 and 10 (that deal specifically with inspecting, reporting and controlling timber pests) of the National Pest Management Competency Standards (or equivalent experience)

There are many unlicensed pest technicians operating without the appropriate licenses, training and experience.  Make sure you make use of a licensed pest control technician, such as your local Jim’s Termite and Pest Control Franchisee, as they are guaranteed to be licensed, fully trained with experience and insurance to ensure your inspection is done to the correct standard.

What is covered under a termite inspection?

  • All accessible timbers under the house

  • All accessible timbers under the roof / in the roof void

  • Inside and outside the building and its surrounds

  • Gardens and fences

  • Trees and stumps

  • Any other timber structures and trees on the property, up to 50 meters from the main building

  • The presence and effectiveness of visible and accessible termite barriers

  • The susceptibility of the property to termite infestation (subfloor ventilation and drainage, obvious damp areas, etc.)

There are around 300 species of termites in Australia. Subterranean termites (also called white ants) cause most of the damage around the country. They feed off cellulose-containing materials like timber.

Termites can cause major structural and economic damage to homes and commercial buildings by eating the inside of the structure and thereby compromising the integrity of your house.

These are the signs to watch for to recognise termite activity:

  • Mud shelter tubes

  • Hollow sounding timber

  • Sagging floors or doors

  • Easily damaged skirting boards, door jams or architraves

  • Cracked paint or plaster

  • Power failures, as termites are attracted to the warmth of electrical fittings behind walls

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