Termite Inspections in Sydney – How Often Is Often Enough?
Who Needs a Termite Inspection?
There is no doubt that termite inspections are a necessity in most parts of the Sydney area. With approximately one out of five homes being attacked, homeowners need to protect their investments by hiring a well-qualified pest control company to do a thorough inspection at least once a year.
So much termite damage has been caused throughout Australia that the Building Code and Australian Standard for Termite Protection requires termite inspections for any new home and recommends the once-a-year route for older homes. If you live in an area that is prone to a lot of activity, however, even more frequent termite inspections may need to be conducted.
In the Sydney area, the following suburbs have an especially high occurrence of termite activity:
- Baulkham Hills
- Castle Hill, Dural
- Epping, Frenchs Forest
- Pearl Beach
- Winston Hills
If you don’t live in one of these Sydney suburbs, it doesn’t mean that your property isn’t at risk, though; so if it’s been a while since your last termite inspection, be sure to schedule one soon.
What Does a Termite Inspection Involve?
When Pink Pest Services is asked to do a termite inspection, we may use several techniques to ensure you get all the answers you need. The first of these methods is generally a visual inspection. During this process, we look for the outward signs of infestation. In addition to a visual termite inspection, we also have very specialised equipment. For example, we may employ the use of a borescope, which is a fiber optic camera that can look inside the walls. Our methods may also include the use of a thermal imaging camera. These tools help us determine the scope of an infestation.
Sometimes in a termite inspection, it is necessary to do what is called an “invasive inspection.” This involves actually removing portions of the house to see what is going on behind the scenes. Because it is so invasive, we look at this as one of our last options in a termite inspection; and it is always carried out by a well-qualified professional to ensure the integrity of the work. The introduction of the thermal imaging cameras has made these types of inspections less necessary.
Does My House Really Need a Termite Inspection?
While many people tend to think of termites in the context of timber houses, the truth is that all types of houses are at risk for an attack. Surprisingly to many, brick houses in the Sydney area are at just as much risk as those framed with softwoods. The explanation for this is that termites attack from the outside in and don’t realize the house isn’t made of tasty wood until they’ve already bored through doors or window frames. Even steel-framed houses need to undergo regular termite inspections for this very reason.
The trained, certified professionals at Pink Pest Services are available to conduct thorough termite inspections throughout the Sydney area. If you’d like more information, take a look at our article: Termite Pest Control – The Difference Between Free Termite Quotes and Thorough Termite Inspections.