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Termite Tree Stump

Termite Alert | Mt Warren Park

Termite Alert | Mt Warren Park

Recently, one of our team stopped to do some shopping at a local shopping centre in Mt Warren Park and noticed one of the trees in front of the centre had been cut down. Being the inquisitive type, he wondered why and decided to look.

He found the inside of the tree had been eaten away by termites. The termites entered from underground, up through the centre completely undetected and destroyed the structural integrity of the tree.

Termites can also access parts of your home completely in similar ways. For example, that timber pole that holds up your verandah and is in direct contact with the ground, they can come up the centre of it and quite possibly gain access to your house. They can continue to go unnoticed and cause serious damage to your property.

​This example shows why regular bi-annual or annual inspections are recommended to make sure these little masters of stealth entry don’t get a chance to destroy your home. It’s the best form of insurance for your home and gives you peace of mind.

Termite Tree Stump

​What Is A Termite Inspection?

​A termite inspection is a comprehensive inspection of the property, yard and the home building structure.

It's important to understand the difference between a termite inspection and a termite check.

​As mentioned, a termite inspection is a comprehensive inspection with a detailed report on the findings and treatment recommendations should termites be found.

A termite check does not do this. It is simply a visual check ​around the home, gardens. This will not accurately identify termite activity and leaves your home at serious risk.

​In addition, termite damage is typically not covered under your home buildings insurance policy.

How Often Should You Have a Termite Inspection Done?

Under Australian Standards, the minimum requirement is an annual inspection. We strongly recommend that you have an inspection done annually just like renewing your insurance policy.

What Happens If you Find Termites?

If termite activity and damage is found, your Technician will provide you with treatment options to suit your situation and budget.

We would first recommend that the exisiting termites be treated and stopped.

The good news is that termites or white ants can be stopped. A termite inspection is the first step.

If you're concerned about termites, contact DedAnt Building and Pest Inspections for a quote.

Call us on 1300-022-225

Pre Purchase Building & Pest Inspection

Building and Pest Inspections Explained

Building and Pest Inspections Explained

Organising a building and pest inspection is a key step for buyers and investors looking to purchase a property.

Why Do I Need an Inspection?

​One of the conditions of the sales contract states 'Subject to a Building and Pest Inspection'. The purpose of the inspection is to check the property for major defects that may find the building to not be in a solid state. From this information you can assess if the sale value being asked is ok. In effect, it protects the buyer and gives them options to negotiate if required for a win-win sale.

It's important that buyers seek out a qualified and licensed Inspector to carry out the work and provide accurate and important information that gives them peace of mind in the decision making process.​

Building Inspection Checklist

Your Inspector will check the building structure is sound and free from wood rot, termite activity and any termite management systems that may be installed. The house is checked for any high moisture readings especially surrounding the wet areas like bathrooms. Other areas that are checked include the yard and exterior of the building, internal rooms and ceiling roof void.

The inspection will be conducted to Australian Standards with the findings fully documented.

What's Not Checked?

The inspection will be not check for general maintenance items such as poor paint work, damaged carpets and flooring, door handles and fixtures. In addition, the Inspector will not check the plumbing, electrical and gas installations as they are not qualified to do so. However, any obvious issues will be reported and further investigations will be required.

In addition, your Inspector will not check behind furniture, vanities/kitchen cabinets, under floor coverings as the Australian Standards does not allow us to remove anything under a pre purchase inspection.

The owner’s written permission is required to move things or have them moved prior to the inspection.

How Long Does An Inspection Take?

This will depend on the size of the home however, it will typically be completed in 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

What Do I Do When I Receive The Report?

You will be asked to read the report in full. If you have any questions about the findings, we recommend that you contact your Inspector to clarify these.

What Qualifications Should an Inspector Have?

Your Inspector should be fully licensed by the local authority as a licenced builder and building inspector - for example QBCC in Queensland.

In addition, they should be accredited as a Timber Pest Technician and possess a state based health license - for example Queensland Health Health License and QBCC licence to practice.

Should I Prepare for the Inspection?

We recommend that you arrange the agent to move any furniture that may be against walls in the home. By law, the Inspector is not permitted to move such items and can only work within the space provided.

To arrange an inspection, contact your licensed experts DedAnt Building and Pest Inspections for a quote.

Termite damage

Termite Inspections – Why You Need One

Termite Inspections - Why You Need One

​An Annual Termite Inspection is one of the best forms of insurance you can put in place to protect your $400,000+ home and "prevention is always better than cure" especially when we are talking Queensland and its many varieties of Termites.

​Queensland is well known to have a great climate and ecology for high termite activity and the termites can go undetected for many months before they are discovered.

Termite damage

​Homes owners might be unaware that their home insurance policy does not cover the property for damage caused by termites as seen as a preventable event and the responsibility of the home owner.  It is therefore important to detect termites early (commonly known as white ants) to significantly reduce repair costs and the spread of these pests, and safety of the home structure.  Left untreated, it is not uncommon for roof trusses and base and top plates to be eaten through, and walls held together by only plasterboard.

What's Included in a Termite Inspection?

First, it's  important to know the difference between a Termite Inspection and a Termite Check. Typically, a Check does not follow Australian Standards and Timber Pest Management best practices. Merely a visual check of the surrounding areas of the home.

A termite inspection is a comprehensive inspection of the property, yard and the home building structure.

​Your Timber Pest Technician will inspect the home structure in detail using the latest technology to detect any termite activity or damage.

​Your Technician will provide you with a detailed report of the inspection and the findings. 

What Happens If You Find Termites?

If termite activity and damage is found, your Technician will provide you with treatment options to suit your situation and budget.

Your Inspector will also provide recommendations on repairs that may be necessary.

Common Myths About Termites

  • Steel framed homes will not suffer from a termite attack - all homes contain some timber such as skirting boards and paper-lined Gyprock walls.
  • Concrete slabs will protect the home from termite entry and damage.

How Often Should You Have a Termite Inspection Done?

Under Australian Standards, the minimum requirement is an annual inspection. We strongly recommend that you have an inspection done annually.

If you’re in a higher risk area then we recommend 3 monthly inspections. This will help safe-guard your home from termites and identify the need for termite treatments.

DIY Tips

There are a number of things homeowners can do to be on the look-out for signs of termite activity around the home and prevent these pests from establishing themselves there:

  • Trim shrubs and bushes close to the walls of the building.
  • Check any tree stumps on the property.
  • Remove any wood pieces that may be lying around the yard area.
  • Inspect any leaking water agains the building, including air-conditioner overflow pipes and leaky pipes.
  • Inspect structures attached to the home such as pergolas.
  • Check weep-holes are above the ground level and not covered by gardens.
  • Inspect timber fences surrounding the property.

If you're concerned about termites, contact DedAnt Building and Pest Inspections for a quote.

Winter Pest Control | Top Tips

Winter Pest Control

Winter is almost upon us which means winter pests are on their way. This is a good time to share some tips on how to prepare and protect your home against these seasonal pests as well as others.

Which Pests are Winter Pests?

Typically, pests including rodents (rats and mice) are high on the list. Just like us, they are seeking shelter, warmth and food. Unfortunately, that's at the expense of our homes where they can cause serious damage to the building, walls, water pipes and electrical wiring.

In the worst case, a fire could be created by rodents chewing through electrical cables. In addition, other general pests including termites, cockroaches, silverfish, ants, even mosquitos can be present around homes.

Winter Home Checklist

We've put together a list of our top tips to help keep winter pest problems to a minimum around your home.

Bins: Keep them as clean as possible by washing them out regularly with a cleaning agent.
 Make sure they are well sealed to reduce the chance of flies breeding inside which can attract rodents.

Tree Branches and Foliage: Inspect your home for any tree branches that may be reaching the roof and guttering of the building. Branches provide excellent bridges for rodents to walk across and into your roof and wall cavities.
 Trim these off as well as any shrubs or bushes close to walls.

Remove food sources like pet food: Uneaten pet food is a feast for rodents. Clean up and cover pet bowls after your pets have eaten. It will make all the difference. In addition, birds are well known to swoop in and steal left-over pet food. Soon you'll have an entire flock around your home making a big mess.

Top Tip - check under the BBQ. Rodents are highly attracted to BBQ's and the containers that catch oil, grease and fat. If you see rodent droppings nearby or on the BBQ, it's a good sign they have visited.
 The BBQ should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected using a suitable and safe product before re-use.

Inspect the outside of the home for entry points: Rodents have the ability of making themselves squeeze through the smallest hole, as little as 6mm. It's important to look for entry points where they could enter. Use products that make it hard for them to gnaw through such as metal mesh, door seals and other types of weather seals.
 Look around the base of the walls, doors as well us above around the eaves. Also look at window and door screens and replace as required.

Tidy the Clutter: Rodents enjoy entering sheds, garages where there's old cardboard boxes, fabrics and other storage items. These make the perfect place for rodents to live and breed around homes.
 Nows a good time to get rid of any unwanted items, rubbish, items such as these. Consider using hardened plastic storage options to stop attracting rodents and make it harder to gain access to the contents.

Don't try and catch them yourself: Leaving cheese or other foods around to attract them and trap them often does not work. This will invite the rest of the family and more will start to appear looking for food. Typically, rat baits from your local shop usually don't work well, as they have not been designed like professional products and are expensive. Professional pest control will effectively stop rodents and the colony from returning to your home.

Prepare for Winter Pests

If you're concerned about winter pests and other general pests, contact DedAnt Building and Pest Inspections for a quote.