The Australian Standard recommendation is for termite inspections to be carried out by a licenced professional on a regular basis with the minimum proposal set annually (12 months) regardless of the type of house or termite protection you have. SAYFER offers the best protection against termites using high quality, low allergenic, low toxicity, low odour and the most environmentally friendly products available.
You can add a full termite inspection to your Home Protection Package. If termites are an issue SAYFER will add you to our stay in touch program. You will receive reminder information via email regularly throughout the year to ensure you and your home is safe and protected from termite attack.
What does a Termite Inspection include?
A very thorough termite inspection will be completed by a licensed pest technician. A full written report with photographs and descriptions of any findings will be supplied. The aim of the report is to educate and communicate with the owner of the structure. If the owner of the structure is not present during the inspection (a tenanted property for example) it is essential that the report is clear and detailed.
The technicians carrying out the work will be checking the structure visually for maintenance issues that can lead to a termite infestation. The report will be filled with maintenance advice including things like drainage, the condition of the roof, structural posts, external walls, water tanks, overgrown garden beds, tree stumps externally.
Not only pointing out issues but making recommendations and educating the owner of the structure on why the problem we have found is conducive to termite infestation and what to do. We check every structure with knowledge and the latest equipment available to the industry. All of our equipment is cleaned, calibrated and maintained on a regular basis.
We use a Tramex moisture meter to check the moisture content of every wall inside your home paying particular attention to behind wet areas like shower recesses, around windows and doors. Moisture inside a structure can cause wood decay inside the wall cavities.
Wood decay and moisture is highly attractive to termites. Moisture detection is an essential part of every timber pest inspection and often leads to further testing with other equipment and discovery of termite activity. We use a termite radar unit called a Termatrac. Termatrac is the only available movement detector specifically designed for the detection of termites. It uses microwave radar to detect movement.
It is not generally used to randomly search for Timber Pests, but as a secondary confirmation tool or to test areas at high risk of concealed termite entry. For instance, if an area of raised moisture levels is detected, this might be the result of termite activity and the Termatrac may be used to detect their movement.
It might also be used to check an area where garden mulch is piled high concealing the weep holes. Microwave radar can detect the movement of termites behind surfaces and so offers stronger evidence of concealed termite activity.
Our Technicians are equipped with Thermal imaging cameras. Thermal cameras can detect small variations in radiated heat. These variations can be indicators of Timber Pests or conditions conducive to Timber Pests.
To be effective in the detection of Timber Pests the correct conditions must be present. Thermal cameras are often used when Standard Timber Pest Inspection tests are not deemed adequate by the Timber Pest Inspector and additional tests are recommended.
Thermal cameras will also detect variations in thermal energy emanating from surfaces caused by normal conditions, not caused by any fault or timber pest. It is therefore necessary to have alternative equipment that detects other indicators so that data can be confirmed or denied.
For example, a “hot spot” on a wall next to a refrigerator can be checked with a moisture meter to rule out termite activity.