If you’re selling or buying a home you’ll need a pre-purchase pest inspection. If you’re worried that you currently have a pest infestation in your home or you’re the proactive type and want to organise a regular inspection to catch pests before they do damage, you’ll need a termite and pest inspection.
But what does a pest inspection include? What are you actually paying for and what should you expect? How do you know if you’re getting value for your money?
Understanding what’s included in a pest inspection makes it easier to choose an experienced pest inspector at the right price. When it comes to pests literally eating away at your investment you want to use the best pest inspection service available. Here’s a comprehensive run-down of what a pest inspection includes.
Pre-purchase pest inspections
A pre-purchase pest inspection differs from a routine pest inspection. It’s also worth mentioning that pre-purchase building inspections are not a substitute for a pest inspection.
Repairing pest damage can be expensive, which is why evidence of pest problems can be a powerful negotiating tool when buying a house. You also don’t want any nasty surprises after you’ve moved into your new dream home only to discover a major termite infestation hiding in the subfloors.
Routine pest inspections
Weather and environmental conditions on the Gold Coast create perfect conditions for many pests to do major damage in a short space of time to your home or investment property. Regular inspection should be included on your annual to-do list as it is vitally important to pick up pest problems early before expensive damage has been done.
Your routine pest inspection will also include an assessment of ongoing risk by pinpointing construction faults, drainage and environmental conditions that increase the likelihood of future pest attacks.
What does the pest inspector do during an inspection?
A quality pest inspection includes detailed, methodical and careful visual examination inside and outside your home by a trained and experienced pest inspector looking for evidence of termites, borers, wood decay, fungi and mould.
Your pest inspector will be looking for evidence of past pest activity as well as conditions that increase the risk of future pest problems. They may use also specialised tools such as moisture meters, motion detectors and thermal imaging cameras in areas of concern, but their most effective and powerful pest spotting tool is an experienced and practised eye.
A pest inspection includes scrutiny and evaluation of the following:
- every room of your home
- sub floor
- roof voids
- outbuildings such as sheds
- retaining walls
Depending on the size of your home, land and gardens this can take up to two hours when done properly.
Your pest inspector will make detailed notes and take photographs used in their report.
Pest detecting tools
Your pest inspection will probably include the use of some pretty high tech equipment in order to assess whether there are any active pests within the deeper structures of your home.
- Thermal imaging cameras: helpful in locating termite nests and activity.
- Moisture meters to assess the moisture within your walls: pests love moisture and humidity.
- Termatrac microwave radar detection units: tracks live termites within your walls and helps to determine where the main nest is.
- Heinemann boroscopes: useful in assessing live ants and any damage that they have caused.
Despite all of these modern pest detecting tools, a set of experienced and well-trained eyes is the most effective form of pest detection. Experience is the key word when it comes to pest detection. Knowing where to look for the most minute signs of pest activity only comes with years of successful detection. Some of the tell-tale signs your pest inspector will be looking for include:
- the appearance of dirt or mud in the corners of rooms or around skirting boards
- electrical issues and faulty plugs caused by pests such as termites nesting within your walls
- visible damage to timber or plaster.
Should I be present during the pest inspection?
Yes. Many people are unsure if they should be present during the pest inspection, worried that they’ll be in the way. Inspectors love you to be present during an inspection, whether for it’s a pre-purchase or routine inspection. This allows them to point out and explain problem areas first hand.
If you can’t be present, then ensure you choose an inspector who can provide a detailed report, emailed within 24 hours, that highlights all the current and potential problems.
Past, present and future pest damage
Your pest inspection includes looking for evidence of current and previous pest infestations and resulting damage. Your report will also make you aware of any building faults, drainage problems or environmental issues that may make your home more vulnerable to future pest attack.
Termites love damp and cockroaches and ants flock to warm and moist environments, too. Pests can strike your home in a fast and furious way given the right conditions, so picking up on and fixing potential problems can save you a lot of future stress and money.
What will my pest inspection report look like?
Your multi-page pest inspection report should be emailed to you within 24 hours; time is of the essence, especially if it’s a pre-purchase report. You should also receive a hard copy in the mail.
Your pest inspection report includes information on current and past pest activity. It will also detail any damage or construction faults likely to result in future pest problems, such as drainage issues. It should also include recommendations for pest treatments.
After reading your report you’ll have a thorough understanding of your home or property’s pest appeal, along with any active or past pest problems and resulting damage.
Experience is the most important factor when you’re dealing with identifying sneaky little pests moving into your home and causing untold damage and destruction. So when you’re ringing around pest inspection companies on the Gold Coast and asking “what does a pest inspection include”, you’ll now understand what you’re paying for and what you should expect.
If you’re looking for the most experienced pest inspectors on the Gold Coast, contact Pegasus Pest Control. What does a pest inspection include? Peace of mind!