Using a Building Inspection to Discover Pests

In Australia, a common building inspection might seem like a fairly simplistic task; but in reality inspectors are highly trained to allow them to spot even the most minimal issues within properties and homes. As a result, property inspections are often called upon to evaluate the condition of a house before a sale – but can be just as helpful when attempting to discover the presence of everyday pests.

From cockroach infestations and the presence of termites, right through to making notes of bird nests and even gaps in walls for snakes to enter from – a good inspector should be able to identify a range of issues and causes, allowing a potential home buyer to consider their options, or a seller to rectify the situation before taking their property to market.

How can inspections help?

It’s not just the walls, flooring, ceilings and roof that inspectors will typically evaluate; it’s also the water system, the on-site drainage, the condition of outlets and much more in between. All of these evaluations will typically take place during an inspection – but it can also be possible to hire a dedicated professional to search for pests and unwanted critters in the most unlikely of locations within a home.

It’s estimated that home owners in Australia, particularly those that live near the coast or adversely in or near the outback, will experience infestations at least once a decade. And being able to discover them might only be half of the battle – but once the issue has been discovered, it can be much simpler to treat the problem.

It’s not unheard of for termites to eat their way through a home unnoticed, or for aggressive scavengers to pose a risk to babies, pets and even adults. With an inspection to identify any problems and evaluate the condition of a home as a result; treatment can be far straighter forward, allowing a seller to reassure their buyer, or a buyer to reassure themselves that they aren’t investing in a property that may crumble as a result of insect nests.