Melbourne’s Termite Specialists

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Termite inspections in Melbourne

Worried you may have termites?
Need a timber pest inspection on a potential home purchase?
or
Just need your annual termite inspection?

The team at Specialist Termite Control are here to help.

Specialist Termite Control are Melbourne’s original termite specialists – it’s all we do!

We’ve been providing termite inspection services to Melbourne for over 25 years and all our technicians are termite experts (fully trained and insured), so you can rest assured you’re in good hands.

You don’t have to take our word for it, Specialist Termite Control has been awarded National Pest Manager of the Year (Specialist category) in 2014 and 2015!

When you’re dealing with termites, you need to know you’re in safe hands.
Pest Manager of the Year
– National Specialist Winner –

By combining our years of experience with the use of latest technologies and practices, we’re able to provide superior termite inspection services across Melbourne.

We offer two types of termite inspection;

  • Standard Termite Inspections – for home or property owners needing their home checked for termites, and termite damage
  • Pre-purchase Pest inspections: for home buyers looking to have a potential property purchase checked for termites and other timber pests (such as borers and wood decay fungi)

For more information on these inspections, click on the links above or give us a call

1300 695 949

If you think you have termites here’s what to do…

Don’t panic! (We’re here to help) Try not to disturb the termites (it can make them more difficult to control)

  • Don’t spray them with insecticide
  • Don’t break open any damaged areas
  • Don’t break open any ‘mudding’ or ‘mud tubes’

Give us a call immediately – we’ll be around as soon as possible to assess the problem and provide on the spot feedback. If you have termites, we will provide various treatment options and an obligation free quote.

Why choose Specialist Termite Control?

You’re in safe hands…

  • Over 25 years termite experience
  • National Pest Manager of the Year – Specialist Manager (2014 and 2015)
  • Expert knowledge of Melbourne termites and construction types
  • Thorough comprehensive inspections – we won’t be rushed!
  • Use of latest termite detection technology
  • Comprehensive multi-page reports – we will also discuss the results
  • Fully licensed and insured
  • Local, family run company

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To book a termite inspection or pre-purchase pest inspection call

1300 695 949

Our Melbourne termite experts know what to look for…

Not only do we understand the behavior of the local termite species we find in Melbourne, but we’re constantly detecting a range of issues that may eventually lead to termite attack and costly damage down the track. What we’re looking for:

  • Termite activity
  • Termite damage
  • Rising damp
  • Borer activity
  • White and black wood rot
  • Poor drainage
  • Non-functioning ventilation
  • Leaking and broken plumbing
  • Leaking shower basins and sinks
  • Soil level above floor level
  • Poor sub-floor construction

Our termite inspection equipment

The most important piece of equipment we use is our termite inspectors – their knowledge, experience and nose for uncovering suspicious areas are skills no equipment can replace. When you are considering which company to go with, don’t necessarily think just because they have all the latest equipment they will do a great job – remember a bad termite inspector with all the equipment in the world is still a bad termite inspector! It’s more important to choose a company that can combine the latest technologies with the highly skilled technicians.

However, we do use a range of technology to support our experienced termite inspectors, making sure no stone is left unturned, giving you that important peace of mind

A tapper – traditional device for tapping wood. This may seem like a ‘basic’ piece of Termatrac and termitesequipment, but our inspectors can tell a lot from the sound when wood is being tapped. It allows rooms to be inspected quickly and suspect areas to be investigated further.

A moisture meter – this is an invaluable tool, picking up areas of moisture behind walls. Often these are leaks in pipes or shower bases (which can make the area attractive to termites), but areas of moisture could also indicate termite activity as termites bring moisture into areas where they are feeding

Termatrac – this great 3 in 1 device allows us to not only measure moisture levels, but can detect temperature differences (which may signify termite activity) and with its motion detector and actually pick up movement behind walls (it can detect termite movement and we can potentially follow the termites to their entry point).

What areas of the property do we inspect?

All accessible areas of the building

  • Building interior (each room in turn)
  • Building exterior
  • Sub-floor
  • Roof Void
  • Roof exterior

Other parts of the property (up to 30m from the main building):

  • Garage, carport and other out-buildings
  • Decking and steps
  • Retaining walls and fencing
  • Drainage (surface water and storm water runoff)
  • Paths and driveways
  • Gardens

As you can see, to inspect all these areas thoroughly and carry out a comprehensive termite inspection, it can and should take some time.

To book a termite inspection or pre-purchase pest inspection call

1300 695 949

Tips to reduce the chances of a termite attack

Homeowners have a big role to play in reducing the chance of a termite attack on their property. Efforts should be focused on three areas;

  • reducing areas of increased moisture around the home (termites love moisture!)
  • reducing termite food (wood and paper) around the home
  • making sure the perimeter, sub-floor and roof void of the home are clear of obstacles so any termite ‘break-ins’ can be seen.

Here are some simple tips to make your home less attractive to termites

REDUCING MOISTURE AROUND AND UNDER YOUR HOME

1) Ensure ground water drainage flows away from / around your home. Ground level should slope away from house and / or soil drainage systems should be installed.  If you have a moist sub-floor, installing fans may also be beneficial.

2) Don’t have a watering system or regularly water plants adjacent to the house. This really means you need to avoid substantial garden beds adjacent to the house.

3) Ensure roof guttering and downpipes do not leak and they correctly discharge to the storm water drains.

4) Make sure any external taps are not dripping and ideally have a drain underneath.

5) Check for leaks in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. (You may need a plumber or pest inspector to help here).

Watering systems can make the perimeter of your home attractive to termites

Watering systems can make the perimeter of your home attractive to termites

REDUCE POTENTIAL TERMITE FOOD AROUND AND UNDER YOUR HOME

6) Do not use wood mulch immediately adjacent to the house. If you must use wood mulch, make sure it has been treated with an appropriate insecticide or it is classed as termite resistant timber.  Keep in mind, termite resistant does not mean termite proof!

7) Make sure any waste timber or cardboard boxes (also great termite food) are thrown out or stored above ground level, ideally away from the building.

8) Make sure any firewood is stored off the ground away from the building. Firewood needs to be stored off the ground (on a metal framework)

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Stored wood and cardboard boxes are great termite food!

KEEP AREAS AROUND AND UNDER YOUR HOME CLEAR

9) Keep the perimeter of your home clear of plants and stored items. If you can’t see the edge of the building you won’t be able to see any termite ‘break-ins’!

10) If you have a sub-floor, avoid the temptation to store your excess / unwanted items in this inviting area. Stored goods prevent your ability to see any termite activity and also reduce ventilation.  If the stored goods include wood or cardboard boxes, you are also providing some nice termite food!

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