A termite inspection is carried out by a licensed or certified pest specialist. The cost between termite inspectors varies, but depends on the size of the property, number of rooms and the level of access to key inspection areas. The time of the year will also impact the cost of a termite inspection. Termite specialists sometimes offer promotional process during the winter months as a way to generate business during a particularly slow time of year.
A termite inspector will perform a visual inspection of the exterior of the property, the roof void interior, and the sub floor. An average house may take between one and two hours, but that time will vary depending on the level of difficulty to inspect certain areas. The inspector will provide a detailed report of the inspection.
The inspector will identify areas of old and new termite damage and active termite colonies. The inspector will assign an element of risk of any termite infestations found. The inspector will have enough information through the inspection to offer a quote on termite treatment with the appropriate method. The inspector will offer an education about termites and the damage they can do, as well as offer helpful tips to minimize the chance of termites attacking your property.
An inspection will hopefully identify a termite problem while it is in the early stage to reduce the amount of damage. It is recommended to have an inspection performed every 12 months and every 3 months in high risk areas.
Termite inspectors are required to be licensed as a Pest Control Operator (PCO) with demonstrated expertise for termite inspection and eradication. A termite specialist is trained in the latest and greatest termite methods, along with the supporting technologies on the market.
The termite inspector will look for certain visual signs to indicate the presence of termites. The inspector may use a stethoscope to listen for termite activity and fibre optic borescope to look inside wall cavities. Termites make a low level of noise. But if they think their colony is in danger, their noise level will increase to an audible level that makes it easy to locate termites.