Have you recently decided to look at houses with the intention of purchasing your dream home? It can turn into a stressful situation if you aren’t sure of what to look for. This is especially true when it comes to checking for hidden pest infestations.
It may be difficult to detect pest infestations at first view of a potential home. Unless there are telltale signs that have not been hidden by the potential seller, it’ll be almost impossible for you to detect any signs of current or potential infestations.
Fortunately, pest control companies can have a solution to this problem. Pre-purchase pest inspections are done by pest control experts and by doing this they can establish if there are any signs of past, present or potential pest issues so you know whether you’re entering a risky deal or not.
4 Points Considered During a Pre-purchase Pest Inspection
A recent study shows that on average 32 percent of all Australian households have (or had) some form of termite activity. This equates to roughly 130 000 homes, excluding homes where owners are currently not aware of a potential problem that could be brewing.
With this in mind, isn’t it then advisable to insist on a pre-purchase pest inspection before making a final decision on a new home? Here are a few important points to be aware of before you sign that contract to your pretty new home.
What is the Difference Between the Different Inspections?
There are two types of pre-purchase inspections that can be done. Often people assume they’re the same or that pest services are included in both. The differences are:
- Pre-purchase building inspections: A pre-purchase building inspection refers to the process where you hire a certified home inspector to inspect the structural condition of the house in question. This includes the plumbing, electrical infrastructure and roofing.
- Pre-purchase pest or termite inspections: Commonly called “termite inspection”, this activity refers to any signs of termite or other pest infections in the wooden structures of the house. A certified inspector can identify any conditions that are conducive to potential infestations. Examples of this may be mulching materials next to the house, firewood leaning up against the building, or any cracks in the foundation that may harbour these critters.
The reason people sometimes confuse the two tests is that a thorough building inspection may reveal the presence of pests or termites. In this case, they’ll recommend that an additional pest inspection be conducted.
What is the Process Carried Out During a Pre-purchase Pest Inspection?
A pre-purchase pest inspection consists mainly of three basic steps to determine if the house and surrounding yard are pest and termite free:
- Search for termite and other pest damage both inside and outside the house.
- Conduct a full termite risk assessment and establish if the premise is at risk of termite infestation.
- Provide advice on methods to reduce any future risk of termite infestation.
Why are Termites Bad for Houses?
If you’ve never seen or experienced the damage done by termites, it can be difficult to understand why a bunch of little critters resembling ants can be so harmful to a building.
Termites cause much more damage than the average household pest. They can threaten the structural integrity of your house by eating through the wooden support structures and other parts of your home.
How do Pest Control Experts get Rid of Termites?
Depending on the pest control services you use, the processes for dealing with signs of termites will vary.
At Economic Pest Control, skilled and experienced technicians perform a test throughout the entire house. This usually lasts between one and two hours. If termites or other pests are discovered, a full detailed report and quote will be drawn up and submitted to the homeowner.
When the go-ahead is given by the homeowner to continue with the eradication and treatment of the home begins. Advice is given as to how further infestation can be avoided, such as removing entry points. Areas are pointed out where the termites are likely to build nests in future and those areas are treated.
How to Choose Your Inspector?
When it comes to identifying the potential presence of pests in your home or surrounding yard, it’s necessary to consult a certified professional. Economic Pest Control are industry experts servicing Wangaratta, Wodonga, Albury, Shepparton, Bright, Mansfield and Yarrawonga. We can take care of all your pest control issues.
Call Economic Pest Control at 1300 65 774 for your quote so you can have peace of mind