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Pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney

pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney

pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney
pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney



We all know that when you are buying a home it can be quite daunting, our minds keep racing, what if this home has termites or structural damage.


With all the excitement there can be confusion too. A lot of new home buyers are not aware of what needs to be done when buying a new home.


Did you know that as a prospective buyer that when you ask for the contract of sale from the real estate agent that you are considering buying your new home from they must inform you about any previous timber pest inspection reports that may have been commissioned by either the owner of the dwelling or by the real estate agent themselves. You may in fact be able to negotiate the price to favour your way with the pre-existing pre-purchase pest inspection report.


With a pre-purchase inspection there are two parts:


  1. Pre-Purchase Timber Pest Inspection (pest controller)
  2. Pre- Purchase Building Inspection (Builder)


Each pre-purchase timber inspection that is carried out by Redline Pest Control will be in accordance to Australian Standards – AS 4349.1 – pre-purchase inspections.


What is a pre-purchase timber pest inspection?


A pre-purchase timber pest inspection is an initial inspection when a prospective buyer is interested in a property they will source out a pest controller to conduct a pre-purchase timber pest inspection to ascertain whether their new home has been hit with active termites, borers, previous damage due to either one of those, mould, dampness, drainage, and the list goes on. You will receive a coloured multipage report which includes photos, recommendations on how to reduce the risk for termites, what is a risk to your potential new home.


When your Redline Pest Control inspector arrives he will be on the lookout for termites and borers.


Redline Pest Control pest inspector will inspect the following areas of the dwelling that you are considering buying:


  • Roof voids
  • Subfloors
  • All internal areas
  • All external areas
  • Water drainage
  • Toxic materials
  • Wiring
  • Mould
  • Foundations
  • Fence lines/garden beds
  • Trees
  • Out buildings
  • Retaining walls
  • Driveways and pathways


What are the major reasons why you should invest in obtaining a pre-purchase timber pest inspection before you consider your finances into the property.


  • Awareness

Just visiting the premises will not help you ascertain if there is no termite/structural damage in the premises you are going to purchase.

A full timber pest inspection needs to be carried-out, so you know of any issues that you may not see with the naked eye.

  • Value assessment

Pre-purchase timber pest inspection will play an important role in the final assessment in the true value of the premises you are intending to purchase.

Pest/timber issues are not always resolved easily and can be quite costly.

If you think that the property seems a bit overpriced, you can negotiate a better price with the vendor based on the reports from your pest timber inspection report.

  • Unseen flaws

Redline Pest Controls timber pest inspectors can help identify any unseen flaws of a premises before purchasing the premises as there is always something that may need rectifying.

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection can help locate any unseen flaws that the premises may have and bring them to the attention of the potential buyer to provide them with all of the information on that premises required to know the true depth of any pest/timber issues and how the timber/pest problems can be resolved in a quick and swift manner.

  • Knowledge of the overall investment on the premises

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection can help you negotiate a better price with the vendor if there are pre-existent timber/pest issues.

Did you know that if there is any timber/pest issues and that you may need to invest in resolving these issues financially that you can negotiate the price of sale due to these flaws in the premises you are about to buy.

  • Aid in Negotiations in purchasing your new premises

Pre-purchase pest/timber inspection reports help to gain knowledge of the true value of the premises you are about to buy. They can help aid you a better price negotiation with the vendor to help you acquire a better deal for your new premises.

  • Buy with confidence

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection helps you ascertain whether you have made the right decision on purchasing your new premises.


pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney
pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney


Further Reading:

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

Termites in Australia!

What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home


Why choose Redline Pest Control for your pest and termite services?

Termites in Australia!

Termites in Australia!



There are five family groups of termites that is represented in Australia:


• Rhinotermitidar – 30 species
• Termitidae – 266 species
• Kalotermitidae – 46 species
• Mastotermitidae – 1 species
• Termopsidae – 5 species


There are three groups that classify termites.


• Subterranean – will usually build their colony underground, under patios and base of trees. Will build mud leads and underground tunnels.
• Dampwood – will usually build their colonies in timber landscaping, damp subfloors or damp wood.
• Drywood – will usually be found in tropical climates, will nest in drywood and does not need ground contact.


Description of termites!


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Did you know that termites are one of the most social insects that live on this planet, termites work and live together in groups. Each colony contains several types (castes). The castes are separated into three groups:


• Workers
• Soldiers
• Reproductives


Different species prefer different habitats such as Subterranean termites like soil and ground contact. They tend to build their nests underground. Subterranean termites can also create termite mounds that go above ground level. Mature colonies may reach up to two million individual termites and the queens are capable of laying 2000 eggs per day. Termite colonies can exist up to 50 years.



Behaviour of termites!


The Worker termite will dominate the colony population as their primary role is to build the nest, tend the eggs and young, and gather the food for the colony.

Worker termites are wingless, sterile, and blind.


The Soldier Termite is also wingless, sterile, and blind. There are two types of termites, Mandibulated with prominent jaws and the Nasute with a pronounced snout. Their primary function is to defend the colony.


The Reproductive termite has a functional reproductive system complete with wings and eyes. Termites will usually swarm around spring to early summer or late summer to early autumn. After swarming the termites will seek out a suitable place to form a new colony. The king shape really doesn’t differ but the queen’s abdomen becomes enormously distended with eggs.


Risks of termites!



termites also known as the silent destroyer, they can cause serious structural damage to your home or business. Termites can conceal themselves provides the perfect amount of time to cause considerable damage before they are discovered.




Further Reading:

Termites Castle HIll

Termites In Kellyville

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

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Every homeowner’s worst nightmare is “you have termites”.


But what are somethings you can do around your home that can help reduce the risk factor of termites setting up home in your humble abode?


I have been researching on different ways that the average homeowner can prevent the risk of termites entering their home.


Unfortunately for homeowners insurance companies do not pay out claims for termite damage.


It is recommended by Australian standards to have a termite inspection yearly and if in a bushy area to have every six months.


So what are somethings you can do around your home to reduce the risk factor of termites.


  • Reduce humidity in your subfloor by installing a crossflow ventilation fan.
  • Go around your property and remove any timber landscaping post.
  • Remove timbers in subfloor.
  • Fix any leaking pipes in and around your home.
  • Remove any wood chippings in your landscaping area.
  • If you have a section for firewood or untreated timber I highly recommend that the firewood and untreated timber be removed from your premises.
  • Divert any water sources away from your home.
  • Have a day where you do some pruning of bushes and heavy foliage.
  • Get a ladder and check your gutters and remove any debris that maybe in your gutters.
  • Remove any dead stumps or trees from your premises.
  • Make sure that water overflow pipes and air-conditioning pipes are directed away from your home.
  • Seal any cracks and crevices in and around your home.
  • Remove any moisture in and around your home.
  • Replace or repair any damage shingles, fascia and soffits.
  • Do mini inspection and check for any changes in and around your home.


If you have found out that you indeed have termites please do not disturb them as  by disturbing the termites will cause the termites to move to another location in your home making it harder for the termite technician to ascertain how bad the termite infestation is in your home.


Further Reading:

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

Why choose Redline Pest Control for your pest and termite services?

Is your home protected from Termites?

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.

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Summer is well and truly here but what does that mean when dealing with pests this summer?


Whether we are entertaining in our homes, picnics at reserves or going to the beach you are guaranteed that you will encounter at least one of these pest if not all.


So what are the big four pest that will haunt us?


  1. Ants
  2. Stinging insect such as wasps and bees
  3. Mosquitoes
  4. Flies






No one wants to go on a picnic or entertain in their home and ants are crawling all over the food that we have prepared.


Ants are attracted to sweet sugary substances and will make their way to your food source very quickly.


  • Not cleaning surfaces properly can bring an ant infestation inside very quickly.
  • Cleaning up spills on the floor is vital
  • Open lollies and biscuits to be stored in air tight containers.

Stinging insects:


Bee Control Sydney
Bee Control Sydney


Bees and wasps are always buzzing around at this time of the year.


What can you do to protect your family?


  • If you see a nest around your home contact a professional pest controller immediately.
  • If you are at a park, reserve or beach move away from the affected area.






The dreaded flying insect which we all hate is the mosquito. Mosquitoes are that pesky little flying insect that loves to inject their saliva which has a substance that will anti-coagulate your blood so they can get their blood feed for longer period of times.


What can you do to protect your family from Mosquitoes?


  • Roll on some aerogard if you are outdoors.
  • Install flyscreens
  • Keep screen doors closed
  • Plant lemon scented geraniums and cat nip
  • Eucalyptus oil, vanilla oi, campor tablets work a treat.
  • Place pet bowls and kids pools upside down that way there is no water source.






Flies can be so irritating from the moment you step out of your home they are buzzing around you making your squat them like a mad person.


Flies can be a serious annoyance when entertaining, flying on the food that you have prepared.


What can you do to protect yourself this summer from flies?


  • Install flyscreens and door screens.
  • Keep doors closed
  • Slap on some aerogard
  • Put covers over your food that you have prepared.


So there you have the four common pest which will annoy you over the summer.


Further Reading:

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes in Sydney at its worse this summer

10 Prevention Facts for Mosquitoes

Natural ways to keep ants out of your kitchen

10 Fun Facts About Ants

Ant Control Sydney

Fly Control Sydney

Natural Fly Remedies For Prevention And Control

Bees Bees Bees!

Bee Control Sydney


10 Fun Facts About Bees


Redline Pest Control Products and Services



When you think of pest control you often think are the chemicals harsh and will they affect my family, pets and the environment.


Back in the day the chemicals that were used were very harsh and often people were sick from them.


These days the chemicals that pest control use are human, pet and environmentally safe.


We often get asked what treatments do you provide and do you service our area.


What pest services do we offer?


  • General pest treatment
  • German cockroach treatment
  • Ant treatment
  • Termite treatments
  • Wasps treatment
  • Bee treatment
  • Large cockroach treatment
  • Bed bug treatment
  • Thrips treatment
  • Bird lice treatment
  • Bird proofing
  • Webbing spider treatment
  • Ground dwelling treatment
  • Flea treatment
  • Rodent treatment
  • Silverfish treatment
  • Carpet beetles
  • Creamy colour crickets
  • End of lease treatment
  • Store bought product pest treatment


Who do you service?


Redline Pest Control services the following:


  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial


What areas do you provide pest services too?


Below is the suburbs we service in Sydney and this includes the surrounding suburbs.


  • Blacktown
  • Penrith
  • Campbelltown
  • Inner west Sydney
  • Greater western Sydney
  • Outer west Sydney
  • Manly
  • Killara
  • Castle Hill
  • Seven Hills
  • Kellyville
  • Parramatta
  • Rose Bay
  • Bondi Junction
  • City
  • Bankstown
  • Liverpool
  • Epping
  • Mosman
  • Richmond
  • Canterbury
  • Alexandria
  • Fairfield


How long do we need to vacate our premises?


Redline Pest Control will ask you to vacate your premises for around an hour depending on how nice of a day it is, sometimes it could be more if the weather is cooler. This is just so the chemical that we spray has time to dry.


If you are having smoke bombs done you need to be out of the house for four hours and when you return open the windows and doors and stay outside for a further half an hour.



We have pets, what should we do?


Redline Pest Control always advises our customers to get their pets looked after or taken for a walk once the treatment has been put into place.


If you are have a smoke bomb treatment all pets are to be removed from the house including fish, birds and other reptiles.


Further Reading:


What services does Redline Pest Control Offer

Why choose Redline Pest Control

Interview with one of our office girls

Pest Control Interview


What do you love most about your job?


I really love having a chat with our clients, hearing about what pest they have and educating our clients on the life cycle of each pest.


What do you dislike about your job?


The only thing I would say that I dislike about my job is hearing that their previous pest controller didn’t do their job correctly. I really hate hearing our clients upset and angry.


What is a funny storey that you have heard since working at Redline Pest Control?


Oh gee there is quite a few funny stories but my favourite would have to be Mrs Allan a widower from Parramatta who fell asleep watching tv with a bar of chocolate next to her. When Mrs Allan woke up she glanced down and saw a mouse nibbling on her chocolate she had such an awful fright that she had flung the mouse up in the air along with the chocolate and went darting into the other room.


What is your favourite pest?


Oh I would have to say the peacock spider the way it moves and the amazing colours that come from these little spiders is amazing.


What is your least favourite pest?


Ground dwelling spiders would have to be my least favourite. Something about them that creeps me right out.


If you have one word to described Redline Pest Control what would it be?


I can only chose one word now that is hard as we stand for so much but I would have to say reliable. Can I still say the rest?


If you could change one thing in the pest industry what would it be?


I would regulate the pest industry, there is too many cowboys out there trying to make a quick dollar from unsuspecting clients. It truly breaks my heart when I hear that our clients have been ripped off and still experiencing pests.


Further Reading:

Interview with George

Redline Pest Control mission statement

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

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The word Alate refers to pest that is of a form of a social insect.


These can refer to Termite, Ants, Thrips and Aphids.


Females are often referred to queens or Gynes and the males are often referred to kings or drones.


In the past few days Termite Alates have taken flight across Sydney.  This happens when there has been abundance of rain and then high humidity and heat. Alates are poor flyers with their wings being very fragile and often breaking away from their body. A female Alate will attempt to attract a male Alate when they have settled from their flight in order to make their own colony and will reproduce.




So what does that mean for homeowners across Sydney?


Sydneysiders are now at risk of termites potentially setting up house in their place of home or business.


No one wants to think that their home or business could be damaged by termites and let alone these days with the economy rising who can afford all the repairs that come with termites and the damage that they can cause.


So what can you do to prepare for termites?


By Australian standards it is recommended that each premises has a prevention barrier and regular termite inspections. For homes in really bushy areas the CSIRO recommends that you have 6 monthly termite inspections and for areas that are not so busy every 12 months.


Map supplied by CSIRO Australia.
Map supplied by CSIRO Australia.


Below is something you can do to reduce the risk of termites attacking your premises.


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  • Remove all debris from your subfloor and external areas
  • Remove bark and wood chippings
  • Remove any logs and sleepers
  • Replace of wooden fences that have wood rot in them
  • Hot water tank overflow pipe will need to be drained further away from your premises
  • Ventilation system will need to be put in place for those who have subfloors with high humidity as dark, damp and moist environments are a dream come true for termites
  • Do mini inspections on your premises, go around check to see if anything looks abnormal like timbers warping, paint bubbling or blistering, saw dust like material, changes in the colour of paint, cracks that may appear, water leaks and mud particles or mud leads.


Unfortunately Sydney homeowners are often unaware of termites chewing through their premises until it is either too late as their house has significant damage or their premises collapsed to the ground.


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I know that I am always saying in my blogs, across social media or even to our clients on the phone how vital it is to have regular termite inspections done and a prevention barrier put into place as your homeowners insurance company will not pay you out if termites attack your premises if this has not been done.


I often say that homeowners and investors get the raw end of the banana as not only do they have to worry about mortgage repayments, day to day living and if you have kids their activities but you also have to worry about protecting your biggest investment you will ever have against termites.




Further Reading For Termites:

Is your home protected from termites

Subterranean termites

Drywood Termites

Dampwood Termites

Termites in Kellyville

Termites Castle Hill

Is it important to  have a termite inspection

Termite Services

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney




Congratulations you made the first step on purchasing that dream home or investment property. But what do you need to do to make sure that you are protected when it comes to purchasing that property?


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What is the first step that buyers must do?


First step that all buyers must do is a pre-purchase inspection. This inspection is a must if you want to avoid buying a lemon house. Who here wants to buy a home then find out later that the property that they have bought is actually riddled with termites, wood rot and many other issues.


So what Does Redline Pest Control have to offer when it comes to your pre-purchase inspection?


  • Fully licensed and insured with public liability.
  • 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
  • Technicians who are highly trained to pick up the smallest inconsistencies on or around your property.
  • A service which is not only of the highest standard but a professional approach to speak to you in a way that you will understand.
  • Competitive prices.


What are you looking for in a pre-purchase inspection?


When a Redline Pest Control technician conducts a pre-purchase inspection he is looking for any termites, termite workings, borers, borer’s damage, wood rot, ventilation issues, poor drainage, high risk areas for termites and structural damage.


How do you conduct a pre-purchase inspection?


  • Inspect all interior walls, skirtings and staircases.
  • Inspect roof void, subfloor, outbuilding and external areas.
  • Tapping of timbers and use of a moisture meter to see if there is any internal areas that look out of the norm.


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Once the inspection has been done what do I get so I know the inspection has been carried out?


  • Full inspection report outlining any issues that we may of found.
  • Report includes high definition photos of any issues.
  • Free no obligation quote to fix any issues regarding termites or if you need a termite prevention barrier.
  • Advise you of things which need to be removed from the property such a sleepers, timbers, logs, wood chippings and various other items as it very well could attract termites.

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Further Reading:

Termite Inspections

Termite Treatments

Is Your Home Protected By Termites?

Types of Termites


Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?




Why is it so important to have a termite inspection on your home?



For anyone who has either just bought their home or that has owned their home for a while now needs to know just how important a termite inspection is on your home.



First and foremost, when is a good time to have a termite inspection done on your home?



I always advise our clients that by Australian standards if you are in an area that is bushy or that is well known to have termites have an inspection every 6 to 12 months. If your area is not bushy you can have an inspection every 12 months.



What can happen if I don’t have a termite inspection?



A lot can happen such as extensive termite damage that can lead into the thousands or even worse your home will have to be demolished. Unfortunately no insurance companies cover the cost for termite damage and unless you have very deep pockets I would highly recommend that an inspection is vital for your home.



What can I do to reduce the risk of termites coming and setting up home at my house?



There are a number of things you can do to help reduce the risk of termites.



  • Keep a well ventilated subfloor and roof void as termites love moisture and humidity.
  • Fix leaking pipes and taps as you don’t want a water source for the termites.
  • Remove any wood debris such as wood chippings, sleepers, tree stumps etc.
  • Do mini inspections on your home to see if there is anything out of the ordinary.
  • Have regular termite inspections.




What are some signs that I have termites?



  • Mud particles protruding through the gyprock fibro or any other timbers in or around your home. Mud tunnels are created by termite faeces.
  • When your timbers have a warp or hollow shape to it.
  • When your walls or ceilings paint start to blister.
  • When your floors or ceilings start to sag.
  • If you have power outage due to termites eating through the electrical cables.



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What should you do if you find active termites on your premises?




Please under no circumstances do not disturb them. Disturbing them only moves them from where you found them making it hard for any pest technician to pin point where they have moved to.



You see you may have found termites on one section of your premises but in reality that could be a sub nest and that the actual nest that the queen ls in could be on a neighbouring property.  Now if you have disturbed them how are we going to treat the termites if we can’t see the termites? Yes sure we can treat that area that you saw the termites but that would not fix the issue that you have.



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Redline Pest Control
Redline Pest Control
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What services does Redline Pest Control Offer?




Redline Pest Control offers a variety of services and covers the following pest for residential, commercial and industrial:

Who does Redline Pest Control cater to?

We often get phone calls from commercial customers asking if we do pest control in their line of work or home.

Redline Pest Control caters to the following industries:

  • Food Services
  • Produce
  • Production & Manufacturing
  • Hospitality
  • Warehousing & Storage
  • Body Corporate, Strata & Real Estate
  • Transportation
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Retail
  • Country Clubs
  • Gym
  • Offices


So what sets Redline Pest Control above other pest control companies?

Redline Pest Control will always go above and beyond for each customer that we service whether the job is small or big.

We believe educating our customers is the key to success as by informing our customers the biology and lifecycle each pest has will help them prevent any further pest outbreaks.

Redline Pest Control only uses chemicals which are children safe, pet safe and eco-friendly.

We are confident in the service that we provide to our clients that we have a satisfaction guarantee that means if you are not happy give us a quick call or email and we will work with you to find the right solution that will rectify any concerns that you may have.

We have a special designated phone number for each of our clients so if you need advice for anything to do with the service you are about to have or service which has been provided all you have to do is call us and we will be more than happy to help you with your concerns.

All pest technicians that is hired by Redline Pest Control go through extensive training throughout the year to make sure that they are up to date on not only pest biology but how to use chemicals in a safe manner.

We believe that in order to be a leading expert in pest control we must provide not only a professional service but provide and honest service whilst holding our integrity.