Pre-purchase – Timber Pest Inspection

When you need peace of mind that the house you are planning to purchase doesn’t come with unpaid tenants!

It is important that you have the right information when you are making a big purchase such as a house. You need to know all the facts and risks. Conquer Termites offers a full and comprehensive Timber Pest Inspection complying with the latest Australian Standard – 4349.3.2010. This “pre-purchase” inspection includes reporting on four types of destructive insects and conditions that could affect the timber of the house you are hoping to buy.

  1. Subterranean Termites
    A group of wood-destroying insects, (Order: Isoptera) is commonly described as ‘Subterranean’. The biggest concern for structures in South East Queensland.
  2. Damp-wood Termites
    A group of wood-destroying insects, (Order: Isoptera) is commonly described as ‘Dampwood’.
  3. Wood Decay Fungi
    Fungal organisms that cause the deterioration or decay of timber in service. This is what you would call wet rot or timber rot.
  4. Wood Borers –  Beetles that attack timber in service
    A group of wood-destroying insects (Order: Coleoptera) are known to cause timber damage.

The most thorough inspection & the report in 24 hours – guaranteed

The identification of these threats requires a high degree of expertise, thoroughness and time to inspect. A Timber Pest Inspection could be your best decision in the process of purchasing a house. Remember, we are the experts and we offer treatment options and costs, plus you’ll get the report within 24 hours – guaranteed.

Also, Conquer’s Pre-purchase inspection comes with a complimentary treatment proposal. Unlike many “combined” Building and Timber Pest inspectors, we actually are licensed and equipped to install termite management systems.

Here are some very useful guidelines given by QBCC (Queensland Building Construction Commission) Buying a Home Guide

Watch our very informative Inspection Video

Detection Devices to find termites

There is not one device that definitively finds termites. A Thermal Camera doesn’t see through walls! There is not a machine that pings and announces the exists of termites. It’s a matter of collecting the information from several detection tools by an experienced Inspector to draw the conclusion that there might be termites. Only with visual confirmation can we confidently state there are termites in your home.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging is the “must” have device to detect termites in your home. The technology of thermal imaging allows us to pick up variance in surface temperature which could suggest to an experienced inspector an area of termite activity. The Flir e50 cameras have the ability to detect thermal variance to <0.05 degrees celsius using a 320×240 pixel resolution.


But as they say “pictures are better than words”.  Please watch the below video to understand how useful a thermal camera can be in detecting termites.

Moisture Meter

With every inspection, a Tramex Moisture Meter is used. This enables our Inspectors to detect any high moisture content in the interior timbers. High moisture readings can indicate termite activity as they leave a moist trail and dampen their feeding front.

This device is a legal requirement when conducting a termite inspection in Australia.



Termatrac T3I

The Termatrac motion detection device is a great tool to confirm if there are termites moving behind a wall or skirting board. If the Moisture Meter has high readings and there is a significant surface temperature anomaly reading from the Thermal Camera, the Termatrac device is a great way to confirm movement before recommending to be invasive to establish visual confirmation of termites.




Another great detection tool is the Borescope, allowing us to see inside cavities to confirm the presents of live termites. Normally, we can make a small hole in the wall lining and insert the probe to investigate. This kind of inspection is “invasive” and not within the scope of a Regular Visual Termite Inspection.

We also believe that you should know the limitations and scope of the Timber Pest Inspection. Please check the Scope & Limitation information page.