INITIAL INSPECTION & REPORT involving a complete thorough inspection of the subject building and surrounds. A detailed written report should supplied listing areas inspected, high risk termite entry areas inaccessible to inspection and termite control alternatives and limitations thereto recommended as essential.
Firstly, it is essential for the termite controller to complete a thorough inspection of the buildings and surrounds.
The property owner should be supplied with a written inspection report and detailed specifications for an integrated termite control program. It is essential requirement that such an inspection and report be carried out prior to a chemical soil treatment, and only a licensed pest controller actually apply the chemical soil treatment.
Special care and equipments can be used to detect a subsidiary termite nest contained within the building structure. This often occurs in wall cavities where moisture is regularly supplied therein from a leaking shower recess, broken roof tiles and faulty guttering or plumbing.
There are several types of termite control chemicals registered by the relevant State and / Government Authority for use in termite control as a soil treatment chemical.
WARNING: Some are solvent based pesticides which can cause health problems to asthmatics during the drying process.
The cost of a termite inspection report and quotation / treatment recommendations may be up to several thousand rupees for an average size dwelling, depending upon style of construction and ease of inspection access. Some companies offer a "free inspection" but many only carry out a superficial inspection and build the cost into their quotation / treatment proposals.
A professional termite inspection and report could save you thousands of dollars – specific areas inspected should include accessible timbers within the sub – floor, roof void, exterior and interior of the building and other timber structures, fences and trees within a 50 meter radius of the buildings but within the property boundary.
CONSUMER NOTE: Most home‐owners are unaware that their general home insurance policy does NOT cover termite damage to structural timbers. However, appropriate professional indemnity insurance is available to some companies to cover termite damage to structural timbers in a building caused by termites gaining entry into a building through a chemical soil barrier.
The chemical soil barrier involves treating the soil at the base of a building with a registered termiticide chemical, in accordance with the product label, that will deter termites travelling through that soil to get to the timbers of the protected structure above.
If there are termites in the building, at the time of chemical soil treatment, they cannot safely return to their central colony nest through the chemically treated soil. Termites are compelled to regularly return to their central colony nest in the ground to obtain moisture essential for their survival and to feed and groom the nymphs (young termites), the king, queen and other termites.
The installation of a chemical soil barrier requires expert knowledge and specialized equipment to form a complete and continuous barrier to protect the building from a termite entry and infestation as illustrated below:
Rapid termite colony development and building infestation is usually associated with a readily available timber food and moisture source nearby the central nest. In addition buildings are often constructed in a way that allows termites to gain undetectable entry from the soil to the structural timbers of the building. Listed below are some useful recommendations for the home owner to carry out in order to reduce the risk of termite activity inside a building.
If you find live termites or termite damaged timbers DO NOT disturb the area. Don’t uses spray can or insecticides on the termites. If sufficiently disturbed, the termites are likely to move elsewhere, and may not be rediscovered until further obvious damage has been done. The termite controller can introduce intrigue termite dust or termiticides directly to the live termites present in an attempt to eliminate the entire termite colony discussed in detail above.