My pest training was completed in 2018, consisting of the training courses CPPPMT3008 Inspect for and report on timber pest and CPPPMT3010 Control timber pests.
I have been trained and certified to operate my Termatrac radar unit, that is used to locate termite movement in walls. This is an expensive piece of equipment, that is carried to every house inspection.
This unit is calibrated yearly, to ensure its efficiency.
Pest inspections are best done while doing the building inspection, as every part of the house is accessed that can be.
The photo above, is of a termite damaged wall that has already been replaced by a builder, however termites have returned and are still attacking the window and wall framing.
I am not Pest Management qualified, as I do not wish to spray or treat termites, my only interest is to advise a home purchaser of issues such as shown above.
If you choose to purchase the house after termites or termite damage has been found it is your choice, as is how the situation is to be managed. It can be baiting, spraying, trench soaking, foams or powder poison treatment.
I will often recommend in my reports that an invasive inspection be done, to the purchaser. This consists of further inspections done by removal of sections of the wall or ceiling, however the home owner must give permission.
This may be done by the Vendor at his cost, as he may want to show that the termite issue is minor for the sale to go ahead with you. Or you may simply pull out of the sale at this point during your cooling off period.
I do not perform invasive inspections, as termites should be treated immediately once discovered, if immediate treatment is not done, the termites may retreat back into the ground and move to a new location within the house.
The choice of paying and additional $150 for a pest inspection is money well spent.