Termite inspections

Termites are common throughout Australia, unless you’re in Tasmania which is free from termite attack. So for the rest of us it is wise to conduct regular termite inspections at least once a year or as recommended by the CRISO twice a year in warmer climates. Buzzkill’s inspections are competitively priced compared to competitors and we take the time to do the job right with termite inspection times ranging from 1hr – 3hrs or more for larger premises. When an inspection highlights that there is a termite presents, we then advise you of the best termite control plan for your home or business.

Termite identification

If you think you have found termites please don’t bring out the fly spray, simply call Buzzkill for a free termite assessment. If we find you do infact have termites it is strongly recommended to follow up with a complete termite inspection in accordance with Australian standards to assess the extent of termite infestation and to assist with identification of requirements for complete termite protection.




Below is the kinds of things added in Inspection reports

1. Brief description of the building and other structures on the property:
Type:  – Domestic Commercial Apartment Unit Villa Domestic
Height:  – Single Storey Two Storey Split Level Multistorey Single Storey
Building:  – Cavity Brick Brick Veneer Concrete Block Stone Weather-board Stucco Plastic/Vinyl Aluminium Hardiplank Coated Metal Sheeting Other Sheeting Weather-board

  • Fibre board
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Timber
  • Stone
  • Steel

Floor:  – Timber with Concrete Areas Concrete Slab Timber Chipboard Timber with Hardboard Areas Timber
Roof:  – Tile Coated Metal Iron Aluminium Tile
Fences:  – Colourbond Type Timber Brick Wire & Post super6 possible aspestos Colourbond and timber Various Timber & brick Timber, wire & post Timber

1.1 Brief description of the areas inspected:Areas inspected:

  • Loose timbers
  • Interior
  • Roof Void
  • Sub Floor
  • Wall Exterior
  • Garage
  • Carport
  • Out Buildings
  • Trees
  • Stumps
  • Posts
  • Fences
  • Garden
  • Timber Retaining Walls
  • Landscaping Timbers

1.2 Areas not inspected and reasons whyArea/s* NOT Inspected and/or Area/s* to which REASONABLE ACCESS for Inspection was NOT AVAILABLE and the Reason/s why. These include Area/s* in which Visual Inspection was Obstructed or Restricted

  • Interior due to

Reason why not inspected

  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Fixtures
  • Stored Articles
  • Clothing
  • Wall linings
  • V
  • Intervoid between levels
  • X2 upstairs bedrooms were locked during the inspection.
  • Nil boundaries
  • Roof void due to

Reason why not inspected

  • Thermal Insulation
  • Sarking
  • Ducting
  • Stored articles
  • Foil Insulation
  • Low clearance at edges of roof void
  • Cathedral Ceilings
  • Inaccessible areas
  • Limited crawl space
  • No access to sections
  • Limited crawl space and areas with no access
  • Inaccessible in areas
  • Flat roof sections
  • Ducted airconditioning
  • No access
  • Locked
  • Large area of roof has internal lining preventing visual inpectio
  • Roof access height above ladder capacity
  • Manhole locked no key provided.
  • Sub Floor due to
  • Wall Exterior due to
  • Garage due to
  • Carport due to
  • Out Bulidings due to
  • Trees Stumps and/or posts due to
  • Fences due to
  • Garden and landscaping timbers due to
  • Timber retaining walls due to
  • Slab edge which normally would be exposed due to
  • Slab edge due to

OtherReason why not inspected

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1.3 High risk areasHigh risk areas to which access should be gained, or fully gained, since they may show evidence of termites or damage:

  • The Interior

The Interior because

  • Stored items
  • Wall linings
  • The edge of the concrete slab
  • The weep holes
  • The roof void
  • The subfloor
  • The exterior walls
  • The Garage
  • The Carport
  • The Out Buildings
  • The Fences
  • The Retaining Walls


  • wall lining
  • Split level, multiple cold joins with walls built over top.
  • X2 locked bedrooms
  • Dowstairs walls built over concrete joins and cracks
  • Multiple timber items in contact with ground
  • North wall in lounge room

Other because

  • internal wall linings of all downstairs areas prevent inspection of damaged timber and require invasive inspection to determine extent of damage

Was insulation present in the roof void  – Yes No Unable to determine due to Flat Roof – No Roof Void Unable to determine due to No Access Unable to determine due to Limited Access YesWas the property furnished at the time of inspection?

  • Yes
  • No

Clear OptionsComments on property furnishing

2.0 Subterranean termites2.1 At the time of inspection were active termites (live insects) found?

  • Yes
  • No

Clear OptionsActive termites were located in but not necessarily limited to the following areas:

  • Interior
  • Roof void
  • Subfloor
  • Wall Exterior
  • Visible concrete slab edge
  • Garage
  • Carport
  • Out buildings
  • Trees
  • Stumps
  • Posts
  • Fences
  • Garden
  • Timber retaining walls
  • Landscaping timbers
  • Loose timbers
  • Detached shed/garage
  • Rear fence line
  • Structural timbers
  • under rear stairs

The Termites are believed to be  – Coptotermes Spp Schedorhinotermes Spp Mastotermes Spp Nasutitermes Spp Porotermes Microcerotermes Spp Heterotermes Spp Coptotermes Spp

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What type of damage including structural damage does this Speices have the potential to cause?

  • No
  • Moderate to Extensive
  • Extensive to Severe

Clear OptionsWere other species found at the time of inspection?

  • Yes
  • No

Clear Options2.2 Was a termite nest found?

  • Yes
  • No

Clear Options

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Describe where nest was found2.3 At the time of inspection was visible evidence of subterranean termite workings located?

  • Yes
  • No

Clear OptionsWas Termite damage located?

  • Yes
  • No

Clear OptionsTermite damage and/or workings were found mainly in but not necessarily limited to:

  • Interior
  • Roof Void
  • Subfloor
  • Wall Exterior
  • Garage
  • Carport
  • Out buildings
  • Trees
  • Stumps
  • Posts
  • Fences
  • Garden
  • Timber retaining walls
  • Evidence of previous termite attack was noted throughout the subfloor and is considered wide spread
  • Small area over the front door
  • Exploritory lead was noted in from the front garden enetering the weep hole. No active termite were found..
  • extensive damage was found throughout the premises upstairs has visual damage in skirting boards, dress timbers and window sill
  • extensive damage was found in lower level including structual timbers and require inspection by a qualified person
  • What appears to be a termite exploritory lead was noted
  • Termite lead with no noted activity at time of inspectio
  • Shed built under rear stairc
  • Shed built under rear staircase
  • Cubby house
  • Loose timbers
  • Timber piers
  • Storage room to subfloor
  • Timber bearers
  • Garden shed
  • Detached Garage/Shed
  • Form work behind rear retaining wall.
  • Rear fence line
  • Rear fenceline
  • Rear bedroom to window frames & wall linings.
  • Back storage area.
  • Landscaping timbers
  • Termite damage found to skirtings and base plate in downstairs bedroom.
  • Structural timbers
  • Timber bearers to subfloor
  • Outbuilding
  • under pool
  • Termite damage to the rear fence line and landscaping timbers.
  • Extensive termite damage was noted throughout the house in multiple areas

Whilst we are not builders the damage appears to be:

  • Moderate
  • Moderate to Extensive
  • Extensive

Clear Options

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2.4 At the time of Inspection moisture readings were

  • high in the following areas:
  • normal
  • not tested

Clear OptionsAreas high moisture readings were highMoisture was

  • not tested
  • tested using a Tramex Encounter moisture meter
  • tested using a Tramex Encounter Plus moisture meter

Clear Options
Moisture Comments2.5 Was evidence of a possible previous treatment found?

  • Yes
  • None located at the time of inspection

Clear Options2.6 Was a durable sign located?

  • was
  • was not

Clear Options

2.7 Subterranean Termite Treatment Recomendation:A suitable management program that accords with AS 3660 against subterranean termites is considered to be  – Essential Strongly Recommended Not required as one is being carried out by us Not essential but 6-12 monthly inspections are essential Not essential but 6 monthly inspections are strongly recommended Not essential but 6 monthly inspections are essential Not essential but 6-12 monthly inspections are strongly recommended EssentialIs a treatment proposal attached?

  • Is
  • is not

Clear OptionsShould timber retaining walls be replaced with non-susceptible material

  • Yes
  • No

Clear Options2.8 Termite Shields (Ant Caps)Whilst not a builder it appears that the termite sheilds are:  – Adequate Inadequate Not Applicable Unable to Access Inadequate2.9 Wood RotAt the time of the inspection was visible evidence of decay, fungi (rot) found

  • Yes
  • No

Clear OptionsEvidence was found in the

  • Roof Void
  • Subfloor
  • Wall Exterior
  • Garage
  • Fences
  • post of patio
  • Timber retaining wall
  • External trim timbers
  • Rear stairs
  • Skirting to upstairs bathroom.
  • Timber decay was found in various areas throughout the external ear is at the house with some extensive damage found at the top of the front stairs
  • Timber decay was found in various areas throughout the house with extensive damage noted at the top of the front stairs
  • Back patio
  • Timber decay was found throughout the premise with the exception of the roof void
  • Found during invasive inspection
  • Side patio
  • Slight fungal decay found to floor joists above water tanks.
  • Landscaping timbers to front garden.
  • Feont facia boards to main structure.
  • Front facia boards to main structure
  • Deck
  • Upstairs skirting board
  • Pergola
  • Ensuite
  • Front steps
  • Door jam to upstairs bathroom
  • Timber posts
  • Extensive timber decay expected behind wall linings in down stairs bathroom.
  • Piers to front stairs.
  • Multiple internal & external areas
  • External weather boards
  • Carport
  • Timber piers
  • Structural timbers
  • Rear staircase
  • Timber retaining walls
  • Moderate to extensive fungal decay found to multiple areas throughout stucture.
  • See moisture comments
  • Floorboards
  • Rear fence
  • Patio
  • To flooring and beams
  • Front Deck.
  • Landscaping timbers
  • Laundry door frame
  • Weatherboards
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2.10 Other areas or situations that appear conducive to (may attract) subterranean termite infestation.

  • Timber in the Subfloor (Remove)
  • Timber stored against the building (Remove)
  • Timber Debris externally (Remove)
  • Formwork left in place (Remove)
  • Test drilling trees, stumps and/or posts required
  • Timber retaining walls present (Remove)
  • Landscaping timbers in contact with soil (Rectify)
  • Heavy foliage against building (Remove)
  • Timber structures in ground contact (Rectify)
  • Enclosed patio, verandah and floor areas (rectify)
  • Patios and paths attached to building (Refer 3.5)
  • External ground level above internal floor level
  • Stored firewood should be raised off the ground
  • breaches in concrete slab inside the house e.g. the bathroom
  • Timber retaining wall contains fungal decay, highly recommend replacing with non-susceptible materials.
  • Garden level at side of house getting a little high. 75 to 100mm of exposed concrete should be visible
  • Chipboard has been attached the several stumps and remain in contact with the ground
  • Ground level of subfloor lower than surrounding ground levels with water pooling in wet wheather
  • Evidence of pooling water in subfloor due to ground level
  • Decking against rear of house
  • Ground level higher than subfloor
  • Garden against wall
  • Decking
  • Dead tree stump
  • Builging design
  • external ground level higher than floor
  • Tree stump
  • Timber products in subfloor
  • Timber retaining walls should be replaced with non-suceptible
  • Timber retaining walls
  • Timber retaining walls should be replaced with non-susceptible materials.
  • Tree stumps, grind & remove.
  • Gardens against house
  • Loose timbers in ground contact in multiple areas, remove.
  • Grind out tree stumps.
  • Walls built over joins in concrete
  • External kitchen in patio area with no termite protecrion
  • Paths and pavers built up too high against house covering weep holes
  • Infill slab
  • Rear deck is hard against the structure, termites can potentially use this to bridge over existing termite management system.

2.11 At the time of inspection the degree of risk of subterranean temite infestation to the overall property was considered  – Moderate Moderate to High High Extremely High Extremely High

3.0 Enviromental conditions that are conducive to termites3.1 Drainage: Whilst not a plumber it appears that the drainage is:  – Adequate Inadequate Not able to assess Not applicable Adequate3.2 Water Leaks: Whilst not a plumber, it appears that water leaks are:  – Present Not Present Not able to comment Not Present3.3 Are there any air conditioning units, taps or hot water services releasing water into the subfloor or against the building  – Yes, the hot water service Yes, the air conditioner Yes, both the hotwater and air conditioner Yes, leaking taps Yes, taps, hotwater service and air conditioning No Yes, leaking tap & air conditioner Yes, leaking tap & hot water service Yes -3.4 Ventilation: Whilst not a builder the ventilation appears to be  – Adequate Inadequate Not able to access Not applicable AdequateHave you attached a proposal to carry out ventilation improvement work?

  • have
  • have not

Clear Options3.5 Does the Slab Edge Inspection zone fully comply?  – No No, arrange for slab edge to be exposed No, not required as it is an infill slab Not applicable Yes Not able to comment Not able to comment – Refer to note below -3.6 Were weepholes clear allowing free flow of air?  – No, arrange for weep holes to be exposed Yes Not applicable Not able to comment because -3.7 Enviromental and other conditions and/or general information

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CertificationIt is strongly recommended that a full inspection and Report be carried out every:  – 1 month 2 Months 3 Months 6 months 9 Months 12 Months 6-12 Months 3 Months
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