Don’t Let Termite Inspection Cost inhibit Your MELBOURNE Property / POTENTIAL HOME
In Melbourne Victoria, nearly 1 in 3 homes has some form of termite damage.
Before you purchase a property in Melbourne, request a property inspection from RIP Termite & Pest Control Services; a thorough property inspection by a licensed pest controller is essential when a property changes hands. As a buyer, it is in your best interest to ensure pest inspection is carried out.
Contact RIP Termite & Pest Control Services today to enquire about termite inspection cost.
Our Termite and Pest Inspections in Melbourne will identify and report on evidence of timber pest activity and/or damage caused by Termites.
You are provided with a Visual Timber Pest Inspection & Report in accordance with AS 4349.3. This report will include recommendations and quotes, providing you with the BEST Termite Management Plan for your Melbourne property. The Termite Inspection report will reveal any visual evidence of timber pest activity which may be currently present or prior evidence; will identify any timber pests; and will provide you with a thorough assessment of the vulnerabilities your Melbourne property has to termite pest attack, also make available recommendations for improving the surroundings around your property to minimise an future attacks.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as the FLIR C3 thermal imaging camera & Termatrac T3i to locate and determine the extent of the termite infestation. Termatrac T3i is the most advanced termite detection device on the market. With radar detection, thermal sensor plus an accurate moisture sensor, the 3-in-1 device is the ultimate in detecting termites lurking in your Melbourne property.
OUR FULLY QUALIFIED PEST AND TERMITE INSPECTORS MELBOURNE WIDE WILL INSPECT FOR ANY EVIDENCE OF:
- live termites in all timber materials, in all accessible areas of your Melbourne property
- termite activity (including workings) and / or damage in building materials
- History of timber pest treatments carried out on the property
- fungal decay activity and / or damage in any timber materials
- wood borer activity and / or damage that maybe present or prior evidence
- conditions contributing to timber pest attack
- excessive moisture in all accessible areas of the house
- adequate sub floor ventilation
- bridging of termite barriers
- untreated or non-durable timber
- In addition to termite damage, our pest and termite inspectors are constantly looking for evidence that may lead to termite concern including:
- leaking downpipes and guttering
- broken plumbing
- landscaping timbers / sleepers
Our inspectors are fully registered and insured pest inspectors with expertise spanning at least 20 years, rest assured will thoroughly search your Melbourne property. The information provided should be able to help you make an informed decision about your property or future purchase.
The Australian Standard AS3660 recommends that termite inspections be carried out no later than every 12 months. Year to year, circumstances change and often you may be unaware of something around the property that you have carried out which may attract and encourage termite infestation. Termites, also known to some as White Ants are a natural phenomenon silently and relentlessly destroying your home. RIP Termite & Pest Control Services inspectors are fully qualified and insured.
We use state-of-the-art technology such as the FLIR C3 thermal imaging camera & Termatrac T3i to locate and establish the extent of the infestation. RIP specialise in Termite Control; Termite Treatment; Termite Inspection; Termite Barriers; Termite Protection; Termite eradication; Pre Construction Termite Treatment; and Termite Removal. With over 20 years experience & expertise unmatched by our competitors, you can be sure the quality and thoroughness of our termite inspection procedures and management are second to none. All our professional team members regularly attend accredited pest control and termite control conferences and seminars to ensure they are well informed of the latest developments and technologies in the industry.
The termite inspection is a visual inspection which covers accessible internal and external areas of the property. Termite detection equipment such as Tramex Moisture Meter, Tap Sounding Rod and Flir C3 techniques are utilised.
A termite inspection of an average-sized home can cost you around $350 - $495, depending on the size, style and ease of access.
It's recommended you have a thorough pest inspection at least once a year, or 6 monthly if you live in areas with high risk of termites.
It's important that you're in attendance during the inspection.
The pest inspector should check:
- all accessible timbers under the house
- all accessible timbers under the roof
- inside and outside the building and its surrounds
- gardens areas
- trees and stumps
- other timber structures on the property, mainly up to 50 meters from your home
- the presence and effectiveness of visible and accessible termite barriers
- vulnerability of the property to termite infestation (ventilation to subfloor area and drainage if applicable, dampness, leaking guttering and downpipes, etc.)
- The pest inspection report should include the following details:
- the areas which were inspected (pointing out any areas that were inaccessible)
- termite activity, and
- a termite management plan if termite activity is found, detailing the methods to tackle the infestation, costs and all options and the expected outcomes and limitations.
- Licensing requirements for timber pest inspectors vary from state to state with each having similar minimum requirements. Ask the pest inspector their expertise in timber pest management instead of just checking their pest licence.
- The Australian standards require a pest inspector to possess a certain amount of technical knowledge and experience. They should be aware of the local building practices also the habits of termites, where they're likely to be found and any signs of infestation. To obtain a level of competency, a timber pest inspector should have the following:
Licensing requirements for pest inspectors and pest controllers
- completed at least 40 timber pest inspections and reports under appropriate direct supervision,
- completed a timber pest inspection course, and
- accomplished competence in units 8 and 10 (specifically with inspecting, reporting and controlling timber pests) of the National Pest Management Competency Standards.
In addition to termite damage, our technicians are constantly looking for evidence that may lead to termite concern including: signs of poor drainage and ventilation; leaking downpipes and guttering; broken plumbing; mould; rot; and landscaping timbers that are susceptible to termite attack. These potential risks and many more are covered in the course of a consultation guaranteeing you a thorough inspection to identify and detect any termite activity.
A termite inspection to an average size home in Melbourne VIC wide takes approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours to complete. A full written Visual Timber Pest Inspection & Report in accordance with AS 4349.3 is provided to you, which will consist of recommendations and quotes providing you with the best resolution for your individual circumstances. The termite inspection report will cover any visual evidence of timber pest activity which was and may be currently present; will identify any timber pests; and will provide you with a thorough assessment of the vulnerability of your property to timber pest attack providing you with recommendations for improving the surroundings around your property; and if necessary a timber pest management plan.
We also specialise in:
• Termite Inspection
• Termite AS3660.1 Treatment
• Termite Part A & B
• Termite Protection Certificate
• Termite AS3660-2014
• Termite New Build
• Termite Treatment Control
• Termite Certificate
• Termite Baiting Treatment
• Termite Pest Control
• Termite Pest Inspection
NEED AN INSPECTION?
Disastrously 1 in 3 homes is susceptible to termite invasion. Termites cause millions of dollars worth of damage each year in Melbourne / Victoria alone. Termite damage is NOT covered by most insurance policies. A comprehensive termite inspection by RIP Termite & Pest Control Services should be your first port of call to ensure your home is safe from the disastrous effects of termites. Call RIP Termite & Pest Control Services on 1300 371 708 speak to one of our friendly staff or contact us online to arrange a Termite Inspection.
5 TERMITE SIGNS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR HOME
Found throughout Melbourne & Regional Victoria, termites are a national problem. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 Melbourne homes will have termites. Protecting your home before signs of termites arise is one of the best ways to save money and keep your family safe when it comes to these destructive insects.
Termites that have been nesting in your home for years can cause thousands of dollars in damage. This type of damage is not usually covered by home insurance.
Be proactive about preventing termite damage by searching for termite signs in your home on a periodic basis and maintaining a termite protection plan by RIP Termite & Pest Control Services. This helps remove any concerns of having to repair new termite damage in your home.
Three signs of termite activity below:
1. BLISTERS IN FLOORING
These areas or blisters can indicate termites feeding within or below. Subterranean termites can cause damage to the subfloor, which can make your wood flooring appear as if it has water damage.
2. HOLLOWED OR DAMAGED WOOD
Wood damage can be found below and behind surfaces like walls, floors and more. This can be caused by termites chewing through wood in search of cellulose, leaving behind grooves. Over time, these grooves weaken the wood and create structural damage. Hollowed wood usually inside looks like a honeycomb and sounds empty on the inside.
3. EVIDENCE OF SWARMS
Discarded termite wings can be found near closed windows, doors and other home-access points. This is caused when termites (Alates) swarm out of their nest to mate and find a place start a new colony. When they land, termites intentionally twist their wings off because they will never need them again. Termite wings are all the same size.
4. MUD TUBES
Mud tubes can be found wherever the ground meets your house or any other possible food source like a tree or shed. This is because subterranean termites nest underground and forage up to their food source, which is often a house structure. These termites require certain temperature and humidity levels to survive. Their tunnels help block out cool, dry air, effectively turning your home into an environment where they can thrive. It also helps to protect the termites from their main predator, the Black Ant.
5. DRYWOOD TERMITE DROPPINGS
Drywood termites nest inside of wood. While tunnelling and eating the wood they’re infesting, they create galleries that they like to keep clean. To keep them clean, they create kick out holes where they remove their excrement. Since drywood termites eat wood, their excrement is wood, which essentially creates mounds of pellets. These mounds of pellets, resembling sawdust or coffee grounds, may indicate the presence of drywood termites.
Unfortunately, even if you don’t see signs of termites, that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Termite damage can go unnoticed for a while, and by the time damage is noticed, significant structural damage may already be done. That’s why it’s best to be proactive when it comes to termite control. Help protect your home by contacting RIP Termite & Pest Control Services on 1300 371 708 today to schedule your termite inspection.
Yes, termites are also known as white ants, the term “termites” is more precise. RIP Termite & Pest Control Services white ant treatment is therefore exactly the same as our termite treatments. Have a look at our about termites page for more information.
DIY termite treatment is a very bad idea, as identifying the termites is a very important step towards successfully treating termites. Disrupting termites could mean that they move and attack another area of your home. Our RIP Termite & Pest Control specialists have the experience and skill to eradicate your termite infestation.
RIP’s termite control technicians are equipped with devices which can not only see termites, but can hear termites. The latest equipment is accessible to all our technicians and has moisture meters, knocking rod, FLIR C3 Thermal Imaging so the termites have very little chance of remaining undetected.
You can reduce the risk yourself by obtaining expert advice. Call RIP Termite & Pest Control Services, the termite specialist and request a free advice. You will be advised to have some kind of ‘protective’ treatment, but you will also be given advice about how your home can be re-arranged in order to reduce the risk. This can really make a difference.
Typically, in an average home in Melbourne, we find the following ‘conducive conditions’ which, if attended to, will reduce the risk of termite infestation:
Lowering the ground level around the walls of your home
A high ground level increases the termite risk. You should step UP into your home. For homes on slabs, this usually means that the slab edge is just covered but the weep holes are exposed. For homes on stumps, this means that the air vents are not covered and the sub-floor can get ventilation.
Don’t use red gum sleepers for retaining walls
Sleeper retaining walls provide nesting conditions ideal for termites. If you have retaining wall metres from your home, you should think about removing it.
Badly chosen building extensions and conversions
High proportions of termite infestation we go to are caused by badly chosen add-ons to buildings. New concrete slabs poured against existing timber floors, and garages converted to living areas.
Never join timber floors with concrete slabs and always confirm your plans to a termite specialist before you build.
Reduce the moisture around your home
Termites need water to maintain the high humidity within the nest in addition to wood. By eliminating these needs, the homeowner can do their part to avert these pests from becoming a problem in their home. Improving drainage and fixing leaky plumbing in order to reduce available soil moisture.