Pre Purchase Pest Inspection Karawatha – Includes Termites, Wood Borers and Wood Decay Fungus
All our pest inspection Karawatha teams use a thermal camera at no extra charge
Know the health of the property you are buying with a solid inspection by our Pest Inspection Karawatha Team. There is confusion out in the market place about what is included in a Pest Inspection. Is it a Termite Inspection? Is it a house hold Pest Inspection? Its formal name is a Timber Pest Inspection which looks for Termites, Wood Borers, and Wood Decay Fungi and is an integral part of any Pre Purchase Inspection.
A Timber Pest Inspection is like the ultimate Termite Inspection.
We can add another detrimental element to a home that our Karawatha Timber Pest Inspector looks for and that is moisture. Due to construction design, most houses will have some level of moisture. When it's raised beyond this threshold, that's when you start enticing foraging termites into your home.
Called a "Conducive Environment", this is a neon flashing sign showing termites that there is a favourable area where they can source food. It can be as simple as;
- Garden up against the house providing a source of food, warm and moisture
- Air Conditioning drain leaking directly onto the ground next to the house
- Hot water over flow on older systems can constantly drip providing a water source
- Trees stumps or tree crowns left in the ground to slowly rot away
- Poor drainage under the house keeping the subfloor damp
These are just a simple few and I bet you would have at least 3 out of the 5 around your house now. More information about "Conducive Environments" can be found here on our Termite Barrier Page.
Our Karawatha Pest Inspector uses a Thermal Camera on every Pest Inspection
A thermal camera gives our Pest Inspection Karawatha Teams a deeper insight helping to locate moisture and termite activity.
With termites being subterranean it makes total sense that your Timber Pest Inspection thoroughly examines the yard including garden edging, timber retaining walls and decking. Over time the weather will break down any soft timber previously coated in a "termite resistant" chemical and it's not uncommon to find a termite sub nest in a timber sleeper retaining wall. This is where experience matters. Our Pest Inspection Karawatha Teams understand the characteristics of the different termite species and this gives us a better approach to finding them.
Wood Borers are also a common find. Preloved furniture is the common culprit on how wood borers eneter your home. Laying their eggs in the timber cracks, most of the time we are finding them attacking timber floor boards. They can be treated with a water based chemical but removing the timbers is the most effective way to get rid of them.
The most common wood borers are;
- Common Furniture Beetle
- House Longhorn Beetle
- Powder Post Beetle
- Some Do-It-Yourselfers recommend wiping the affected areas with diesel. This is something we DEFINITELY do not recommend.
Wood Decay Fungus
Fence lines, decking, cladding, external timber stairs, eaves and ceiling spaces are very common areas to find wood decay in. Several types of fungus eat the damp wood making it rot away like dead skin. Not as damaging as Termites but given the right environment it can posed a threat to timbers in your home. In some areas of the home (like the roof space) wood decay can do considerable amount of damage over the course of a year. Lignicolous Fungi is responsible for the wood decay. They can be classed as;
- Brown rot
- Soft rot and,
- White rot
The fix is to remove the damaged timber and remove the moisture source. A Pest Inspection should be part of any due diligence when purchasing a home. Most Timber Pest activity goes undiscovered to the naked eye so it's important to have our Pest Inspection Karawatha Experts look over the property. Give us a call and compare our quote. We will save you!