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TIMBER PEST INSPECTIONS

Buying a new home can be fraught with problems. There are so many details to take care of.

In addition you have to be sure that you are not buying someone else's problem. You don't want to encounter any nasty surprises or expensive repairs when you settle in.

Evidence of timber pest damage and activity is encountered in 1 in every 3 homes, according to State Forestry research. Termites along cause more than $80 million in damage each year. So it is vital that you have Precise Pest Control perform an inspection...before you decide to buy.

Precise Pest Control is an insured inspector. By using an insured pest manager you can feel assured that your home is in good hands

Termites, borers, and wood decay fungi can severely damage a property. Repairs cna require expenditure of $100,000 or more in extreme cases.

However it is often difficult to fully inspect houses. To inspect for timber pests good access to all timbers in a house is needed.

This means that to fully inspect a property and be 100% sure that no timber pests exists all wall linings, furniture, stored goods, carpet, insulation etc needs to be removed. This is obviously impossible in most if not all cases, therefore you need a property like Precise Pest Control who can:

- Advise you upon the degree of risk of subterranean termite infestation to your property.

- Inform you of the areas that cannot be inspected and the potential risk from a failure to inspect.

- Give you advice on conditions that are conducive to timber pest attack and how these conditions can be rectified to better protect your home.

- Provide you with recommendations on a suitable pest management program in accordance with the Australian Standards.

So how do you sleep easy?

The best way to put your mind at rest is to follow this advice - Ask us about the TimberSafe Warranty program. A TimberSafe Warranty can provide your most valued possession, your home, with $100,000 Full Timber Replacement cover, just by having a TimberSafe Accredied Inspector like Precise Pest Control and by carrying out our recommendations .

By doing this, if during the next 12 months termites enter your home, or you renovate and discover termite damage, you don't have to panic because you many be covered for the cost of termite treatment and repairs up to the value of $100,000.

Thermal Imaging Camera

In the past few years, a new technology has emerged as a significant tool in the ever-lasting fight against Termites. It's known as a few names, usually Thermal Imaging or Infrared, but both make reference to the same genre of devices. The technology itself has been around for many, many years, but only recently has the technology advanced to a stage where it's affordable for businesses to employ it with a reasonable result.

As with all technologies, there's a lot of myths floating around, so here's a couple of short lists on what Thermal Imaging can and cannot do.

Thermal Imaging Can:

  • Reduce time in trying to locate an area of significant termite activity, when there's a known infestation,
  • Allow the user to pinpoint areas of suspicion,
  • Help carry out non-destructive inspections,
  • Provide both the user and their client more reassurance that the job has been done properly,
  • Supply evidence of infestation, or lack of, should quality of a technician's job come into question.

Thermal Imaging Cannot:

  • Pinpoint individual Termites,
  • Tell the user if an area of suspicion is actually caused by Termites or something else,
  • Be used as an "all in one" inspection tool,
  • Replace skills of a technician trained in the locating and management of Termites.

How exactly do Thermal Imaging Cameras work?

Everything has a different heat pattern due to various environmental factors (sunlight, ambient temperature, humidity, etc) and what the object is made of (density, moisture content, etc). Because the nature of all things is to reach an equalibrium (where temperatures are all the same), heat is moved from one object to another to try and get to this equalibrium Termites enjoy temperatures from 28-36ºC, and make their nests, bivowacs and leads sit at around this temperature. As ambient temperatures are usually much lower than this (a reason why we recommend Thermal Imaging inspections are done early morning when it's coolest), the imprint this has on walls and other building materials can be seen.

Having a Thermal Imaging Camera is like having tens of thousands of highly tuned, non-contact thermometers, producing an easy to understand and interpret picture.

Benefits:

  • Non Invasive
  • Resistance to intrusive inspections
  • Reduces damage to clients property
  • Confirms activity without disturbance
  • Promotes client confidence
  • Promotes Pest Management Professionalism
  • Assists in determining a more accurate treatment procedure

Thermal Pest Camera Inspection

The images below depict what the human eye will see in a normal visual inspection and what a Thermal Pest camera will see. The images were taken inside a newly renovated brick veneer studio. The owner requested a normal visual inspection. Fortunately this pest controller had a Thermal Pest camera.

Itís easy to see that anybody without a Thermal Pest camera may have completely overlooked this traveling termite mud lead as you can see by these images:

   
         
   

Pest Inspections - would you trust your investment to anyone else

We check all of the following:

  • Interiors ( walls, cupboards etc)
  • Roof void including roofing
  • Subfloor
  • Exterior of house, timbers, trees, gardens, external structures
  • Outbuildings, fences, garages

With prompt delivery of report.

First in Australia using the TDS Professional Termite Detector

The TDS-II consists of a carbon dioxide (CO2) portable detector with a built in air sample pump, It has a long flexible probe arm. The probe is used to slowly check the sheet rock wall at the baseboard on the inside of a building and the air pump draws in an air sample that is passed to the carbon dioxide detector. Any increase above the control reading indicates an active termite infestation. This system detects active termites only. The TDS-II Detects All Species of Termites: Subterranean, Dry wood and Formosan Termites.

The step by step process to detect termites: With the unit in the MEDIUM SENSITIVITY SETTING slowly run the probe along the baseboard. If the alarm sounds each time the probe passes a certain point this will indicate termites in that area of the wall.

The TDS-II can pick up a termite infestation within a five foot area. If the alarm continuously sounds for up to ten seconds each time the probe is near the same area, you have verified a termite infestation with 100% accuracy.