LATEST TERMITE NEWS: With the increasing temperature and humidity of Spring, termite mating flights have started. If you see flying termites in the evenings of find the shed wings of flying termites on the ground in the morning, you have a large termite nest in the area. Please give us a call immediately for a comprehensive termite inspection.

Termite inspections - A "Health check" for your home

Termite inspections in Canberra, Queanbeyen and the surrounding area are a good idea. With the chances of termites attacking your home more likely than fire, flood and natural disaster combined, it's wise to get a regular termite inspection. Australian Standards recommend you should have a termite inspection at least once a year and more often in areas of high termite pressure. Not only do the inspections check to see whether termites are attacking your property or are present in your yard, but they also identify issues around the property that need to be remedied to make it less attractive to termites.

All our inspections are carried out by the owner Mick Ffrench, who is also a qualified building inspector. This gives homeowners the added benefit that if Mick spots a building maintenance problem whilst carrying out the termite inspection, he will let you know. Our termite inspections really are like a "health check" on your property, great for home owners and property investors alike. With our detailed knowledge of the termite species in the Canberra area, our termite inspections can pick up the early warning signs of a termite attack.

Ethical Building and Pest Services - Our Comprehensive Termite Inspection

  • Inspection inside, outside, roof void, sub-floor, garage and yard

  • Use of moisture meter to detect leaks or areas of moisture behind walls

  • Use of Termatrac T3i (moisture meter / heat measurement / motion detector)

  • Sounding wood to check for termite activity / wood decay

  • Post-inspection discussion of findings, advice on options for termite treatments & protection

  • Comprehensive 20+ page report with recommendations

Whilst many reports are full of legal terms and technical jargon, Ethical Building and Pest Services provide comprehensive, plain English inspection reports for ease of understanding. All of our inspections are carried out in accordance with Australian Standards 3660.

When comparing termite inspection services in the Canberra area, check how long companies estimate the inspection will take. A thorough inspection will take time to inspect all parts of the property in turn. A complete termite inspection can sometimes take up to 2 hours or more, depending on the size of the property, construction type and issues that may be found. For a standard 3/4 bedroom house on a concrete slab, you should be concerned if the inspector has completed the inspection in less than an hour. If you want the feeling of security that a proper termite inspection can provide, contact Ethical Building and Pest Services to book your next termite inspection.

Many of our regulars save money by combining their annual termite inspection and pest treatment in a single visit.

World class Termite inspection equipment

One of our key inspection tools is the Termatrac T3i. It compliments our skills as termite inspectors and provides us (and you, as our customers) with the confidence that we have done everything to check your property. How the Termatrac helps...

  • Motion detector: Can pick up the movement of termites behind walls

  • Thermal measurements: Can pick up small differences in the wall temperatures which may indicate termite activity inside the wall cavity

  • Moisture measurement: Useful for picking up areas of moisture which may indicate a water leak or area of termite activity.

Termatrac and termites

Whats the difference between a pre-purchase pest inspection and a termite inspection?

A pre-purchase pest inspection or more accurately a timber pest inspection is carried out before the purchase of a property (either by the seller and / or buyer). It will assess the property for more than just termites, also looking at borer activity, wood decay fungus and mould. Given its importance in the sales process, an agreement needs to be signed before an inspection is carried out.

In contrast, the standard termite inspection is carried out by property owners as part of their normal property maintenance routine. Normally these inspections are carried out on an annual basis, but sometimes more frequently on properties with a higher risk of termite attack. No pre-inspection agreement is required and the inspection is focused solely on termites. (However, if we spot wood decay or borer issues, we will let you know!).