Termite Inspection and Treatments
If you are looking for a termite inspection or treatments and you’re not sure where to start. I’ll give a complete rundown of what a termite technician should do in regards to a termite inspection and treatments for homeowners. Plus how to get a quote for a barrier treatment or termite colony control.
Over the years of being in the pest control industry it still amazes me how many people are blasé about termites, and in some cases have the belief it won’t happen to them.
Well; it can most certainly happen to anyone that owns a home, and if it does, the cost of fixing termite damage can run into thousands of dollars.
The better educated you are as a customer about the termite inspection and treatments process, the better chances you have of choosing the right termite company.
There are three things a company needs to do when giving out a quote for a termite barrier treatment of any kind, whether it be a soil barrier or a reticulation system or a bait monitoring system.
So let’s start with the first item which is the termite inspection. This has to be done to establish not only if there are active termites in the house. But also to ascertain the cost to install a termite barrier, and the best type of barrier to be installed.
Anyone that has already had a termite inspection done will know that the inspector will have to check both the internal and external of the house and also the garden. Plus any other structures within 50 meters of the property which is within the property boundary.
All termite technicians have to abide by a standard 4349.3 when carrying out any inspection. A site plan of the property will have to be made, pointing out any areas of concern. Or likely areas where termites can gain access to the property.
The key areas to be inspected are as follows
- External of the property
- Internal of the property (all available rooms)
- Roof void
- Sub-floor where applicable
During the inspection, the technician will take notes that will later be written into the report. This saves on guesswork later when writing the report. This is why it’s so important that notes are taken during the inspection.
The findings during the inspection are what will make up the termite inspection and treatments report and proposal.
Not only will the inspector takes notes, but they will also take photos, where an electronic report is being made, photos can easily be attached, pointing out problem areas.
The inspection will take around one hour thirty minutes to two hours, depending on the size, design and location of the property.
Once the inspection has been completed the next step is to write the report.
A professional termite report is very detailed outlining problem areas around a property. All issues found will be detailed in the termite inspection and treatments paperwork.
The best place in my opinion to write the report is at a computer; there are two different reports that can be done, the first is a paper report, and the other as mentioned earlier is an electronic one.
Both reports will ultimately say the same thing, as they are pretty much the same, but some pest control companies prefer the paper reporting system and others prefer the electronic reporting system.
I prefer the electronic reports as they are much clearer and there is the ability to add photos from the inspection, photos can tell a lot, and in some cases gives the customer a much better understanding of potential areas that may be conducive to termite attack.
The report will have all the customers details in it, along with all the field notes made during the inspection, and any recommendations.
The report is a very important part of a customer’s journey into the world of termites, as it should give a clear idea of how well the property is protected against termites in its natural state, (i.e. before a barrier is installed).
All properties should have a termite inspection done at least once a year, as stated by the Australian standards 4349.3 and the AS 3660.2.2017. This is regardless of the type of termite barrier system that may have been installed.
Don’t forget there is no silver bullet for termites, but the best advantage a homeowner has in preventing them is to have a yearly inspection done.
Termite Treatment Proposal
There are two types of proposal, the first is done if active termites are found during the inspection, and this proposal will detail exactly what will have to be done to get rid of the termites.
When active termites are found the first step in the whole process is to gain colony control, this means getting the termites out of the building.
A proposal will have to be signed before work can begin, and it will give details of where the termites are located in the building and what type of treatment is going to be used to eradicate them.
When live termites are found in a home, there are standards that a termite technician will have to work to as stated in the Australian standards 3660.2.
It’s important that the company follows the standard to protect both the company and the customer. Where active termites are found during an inspection, this would also be added to the report.
The second proposal is for the installation of a sufficient termite barrier to help protect the property from termite attack.
This proposal will again give details of exactly what type of system will be installed, and also where it will be installed. A detailed site plan will have to be made marking the location of the system.
As mentioned earlier it does not matter what type of termite barrier is installed, but all the information must be written into the proposal.
All costs of the treatment will also have to be clearly stated in the proposal; again this helps the customer make an informed decision.
If the proposal is excepted the customer will have to sign and return the document and only then can work begin, this is the case, whether it’s a proposal for eradicating active termites from a home, or to install a barrier treatment.
If the proposal is accepted there are two other steps that will follow once the treatment has been completed, and they are to issue a certificate and a durable notice sticker.
There is no other way of getting an accurate costing for a termite barrier. The process has to be first a termite inspection and treatments will follow.
Once the work has been completed the customer is then given a certificate, giving details of the completed works, and any conditions that may apply to it.
The certificate also shows the products used and the amounts applied, along with a details site map of the installed treatment.
The certificate should be kept by the customer in a safe place, as it is detailed proof of the treatment that has been installed and will also show the date of the installation.
The Durable Notice Sticker
Once the treatment has been completed, and a certificate issued the termite company will have to place a durable notice sticker inside the electric meter box.
The sticker will show the date the treatment was installed and the type of treatment that was installed.
Where a soil chemical barrier treatment has been done, the sticker will also have to state the product used, and also the amount that was used.
Where a termite baiting or monitoring system has been installed, the sticker will state the type used.
The sticker will also state the warranty period of the installed treatment.
The termite inspection and treatments that have been carried out will relate back to the durable notice sticker and termite certificate. These two items are the customer’s guarantee and should be kept in a safe place.
So as you can now see from reading through this blog, dealing with termites is a bit more than just spraying some insecticide around.
There is a lot of paperwork that needs to be filled at the different stages of a full termite management process.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to dealing with termites; the paperwork is there to protect both the pest control company and the customer.
By using a company that follows the Australian standards for a termite inspection and treatments ensures that homes and customers are protected properly. If a pest control company writes a quote on the back of a card, it’s a good sign that they won’t do the job correctly.
It’s normal for a technician to give a verbal estimate while on the property doing a termite inspection, but to get an accurate price for a termite treatment or barrier, a proposal must be submitted.
There are plenty of dodgy companies out there, but don’t let them into your home. Get it done right the first time.
If you need any information or free advice about termites or the many different types of systems, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.