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Providing Pest Inspections In Adelaide

When you’re buying or selling a property, it’s vital to know you’re making a wise decision, and while its quite standard practice to conduct a pre-purchase building inspection, a detailed pest inspection is highly recommended. South Building Inspections has over 50 years of experience in the building industry and our in depth reports will give you complete peace of mind.

It is important to understand that though there is a little overlap, a pest inspection is separate to a building inspection. While a building inspection will identify any visual decay (e.g. termite damage), a pest inspection specifically looks for active pests within the structure (termites, borers, fungi and mould), halting any potential damage in the future. Our pest inspections also cover up to 30m (depending on property layout/conditions) from the property structure to inspect for signs of any termite activity that may become a future threat.

What Do Our Pest Inspections Cover?

South Building Inspections adheres to the Australian Standards AS 4349.1 for all pest inspections. We will look for evidence of damage and environmental conditions within each room, the roof void, sub-floor, outbuildings, fences and trees for any signs of active or previous pest activity. Additional equipment such as thermal imaging cameras or moisture meters will be used to investigate any areas of concern.

Interior of the Building Walls

  • Skirting boards
  • Door frames
  • Window Frames
  • Floorboards

Exterior of the Building

  • Walls
  • Door frames
  • Window Frames
  • Decking
  • Pergolas/Verandahs


  • Within 30m of house and within boundaries of property
  • Retaining Walls
  • Attached Structures (Garages/Carports)
  • Detached Structures (Sheds/Fencing)
  • Trees, stumps, garden (where accessible)

Sub-Floor Space

  • Floor boards
  • Joists
  • Bearers
  • Foundations
  • Stumps

Roof Space

  • Roof Framing
  • Wall Plates (where accessible)

Roof Exterior

  • Fascia
  • Barges

All findings, evidence and recommendations will be compiled and presented to you in an easy to read multi-page report with images. We always welcome you to clarify anything with the inspector during or after the report

A recent CSIRO survey found that 1 in 3 Australian homes have a termite presence. Unfortunately South Australia is prime real estate for these voracious pests

Every Pest Inspection Report Includes

  • A comprehensive report with photos
  • 1 hour turn around time
  • Same day inspections available
  • Fully licensed and insured inspector

Backed by multiple licenses and over 50 years experience in the building industry, you can rest assured South Building Inspections will always be there to give you the right information, the first time.

Common Pest Inspection Questions

How long does a pest inspection take?

Depending on the property, a Pest Inspection will typically take between 1-2 hours. While many operators may be much faster, South Building Inspections will be performing a comprehensive inspection, utilising industry tools to give you the most accurate information.

If the length of time is a concern, please speak to our inspector, and we will attempt to structure the inspection duration to suit constraints without compromising on quality.

Do I need a building inspection and a pest inspection?

To get the full information on a property, we would recommend having both pest and building inspections performed. While a building inspection will identify any visual decay (e.g. termite damage), a pest inspection specifically looks for active pests within the structure (termites, borers, fungi and mould), halting any potential damage in the future

What damage can termites do?

If undetected and untreated, termites can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. Common damage includes

  • Damage to floor bearers and/or roof timbers
  • Blistered paintwork
  • Electrical failures (shorting wiring in subfloors or roof cavity)

Major damage occurs when one of these common areas weakens and has a flow on effect, for example, damage to roof timbers may result in the roof collapsing.

Can I reduce the risk of these pests?

There are some relatively easy things you can do to reduce the threat of termites. This includes

  • Ensure water is draining away from your home
  • Keep shrubs and plants on the property well trimmed
  • Remove any dead or decaying trees from you property
  • Store firewood away from the house and off the ground
  • Don’t let wood in your house come into contact with the soil

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