Termite “Checks” – Too Good to be True!

Termite check? – If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is!

Over the 2014 Christmas break we had two new clients come on board with Silk’s Pest Control. These two home owners had previously been hit with what sounded like great offers from their pest control man. The offer was along the lines of “get a free termite check with every pest service”.


Both families fell victim to misleading advertising!

They thought that a “termite check” and a termite/timber pest inspection was the same thing? They are not!

One is performed by a licensed specialist and therefore can be insured – the other is a performed by a pest man working beyond his skill set.

Unfortunately both homes had come under termite attack and termite nests had been found. Both home owners called this company back, only to be told this pest man did not hold a timber pest licence and therefore was not qualified to do termite work.


So how does this work?

To perform a timber pest inspection in Queensland the technician and the company they work for need to hold a current BSA licence – not just a pest control licence to spray for cockroaches.

The termite check forms I have been shown by upset home owners are a one page document performed by a basic pest man who is unlicensed and uninsured for this specialised termite work.


So what’ the difference?

A licensed timber pest inspection is performed in accordance with “Australian Standards” under a strict code of practice.

The report is generally 14 plus pages long. Timber pest technicians have invested a lot of time & study, as well as spending thousands to gain the qualifications to perform this specialised work.

Most have invested thousands of dollars purchasing advanced inspection equipment as well as paying thousands each year to be fully insured.

Most quality inspectors have years of experience looking for termites, stopping termite attacks, and understanding the best methods to protect homes from future attacks.


You wouldn’t let a bus driver fly you around in a plane, would you?

So DON’T let a basic bug man hit you with a termite check!