Posted by James Driver on 7:10:56 12/19/2008 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Inspection showed previous termite activity posted by Jessie on 0:38:53 12/17/2008 from 184.108.40.206:
John asked if I may be able to help with advice.Glad to assist you both.
A certificate of Subterranean Termite Treatment is not a guarantee, merely proof that the property was treated.
You should determine if the company that treated the property has professional indemnity insurance, and then, if they do, determine if there is a warranty, and will it be transferred on to you. Some insurers recommend not to pass on warranties to third parties.
It bothers me that there was no meter box sticker. That is the law.It provides a form of proof of work, and notifies any tradesman who enters the sub floor that they may be crawling in a treated area.
The treating company will be passing on a treatment certificate after you purchase? A bit confused there!
1% is the lowest permissible active ingredient allowed. There was a stronger dilution rate available, but more expensive. There are also better termiticides such as Termidor and Premise (also more expensive)
I would have thought the stronger rate was was important when it comes to white ants.
Within our industry, past evidence of termite activity tends to ring alarm bells.
Standard conditions on most reports warns that termites can, and may return at any time. All you have is the cool comfort of believing that the treatment company did an adequate job.
Was 280 lites enough to complete the job?
Did they in fact use 280 litres?
Did they trench or scarify the soil prior to treatment as required in accordance with Australian Standard AS3660?
Was the house built after July 1995? If it was, there may have been a builder's warranty dealing with the termite issues.
Has the treatment area been disturbed by chooks or dogs etc? Even kids!
Not leaving a meter box sticker potentially suggests that they have cut corners. Do they have something to hide?
My suggestion to you. Less haste! Get the pest controller you know & trust to take a look.
Your building inspector should have been able to assess any damage the previous infestation caused.
Was there any damage?
Was it repaired?
Was it a competent builder who carried out the repairs?
Termite risk may not be sufficient reason to cancel a contract, however, extensive concealed damage and active termites is.
Without being able to view the property, I find it difficult to know if the premises has been well protected. It may have been, however if I was the one taking the risk (and spending the money), I would welcome an interested and friendly pest controller to assist. The additional $200 may be money well spent. He may know more about this firm than libel permits him to admit.
Be cautious. The fact that termites had been there in the past should give you a motive to insist on an extension. You need to be certain.
Oh, and yes, you should have inspections every year. Without fail, and get the property retreated when your friendly pestie says so.
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