Last year I had this niggling feeling that we should have our place checked for termites, since they'd been found next door and after all we do live in Warrandyte! Fortunately we saw Justo and his amazing dog next door again so we made an appointment. Thank goodness we did!
When this professional team of Justo and his beagle entered our living room, the dog made a B line for one of the walls. I've never seen anything like it! It was riddled with termites which had come through concrete edges from a stump in the adjoining yard. The follow up treatment that Justo advised revealed more spots around the house where damaged had occurred including the roof joists. If we'd left it any longer we'd really have been in trouble.
Thank you Justo. Yours Robyn Bonthorne
In Dogs We Trust
We live in a high risk termite area. Since moving to our house five years ago, we have used two different termite companies to inspect the home every other year. Each report stated that termites were not detected in the house or in a five metre radius of the building. Instead, they recommended we purchase a monitoring system that would cost us $1,000 a year. We chose to do regular inspections instead.
This year, we decided we would use Justo and his dogs to do our inspection. We knew immediately his approach to inspection and understanding of termite behaviour was different. Justo and his dogs were incredibly thorough, searching all corners of the house. He also displayed an understanding for termite behaviour and habitat that far exceeded the previous company’s – we could tell he was passionate about his work.
Unfortunately for us, Justo and his dogs found live termites both outside and inside our home. In two short years, termites had completely devoured three substantial Oregon pine beams in our house, compromising the stability of one of our bedrooms. What was worse, though, was his discovery of a very large termite “nest” less than 3 metres from our house. Both Justo and the associate he works with to treat the nest confirmed that this had been present for over five years. The previous companies missed this in the three previous inspections of our house!
Our house has been treated and today we are happy to say that we are termite free. We will absolutely continue using Justo’s services annually to inspect our property for termite activity. His associate who provided the treatment to eradicate the nest was also excellent. Justo's approach is 20 times more thorough than the previous company we used and the charge for his inspection was less! We would recommend to anyone who wants their home inspected to use his services.
Adam and Chelsey Cooper
Just in Time
We live in Montrose, at the edge of the forest. Termites abound.
Two years ago, when we heard about termite sniffer dogs, we asked Justo to check our home. It’s amazing to see the dogs working. The house was clear of termites, although the dogs located termites in a sleeper retaining wall.
Just recently, two years later, we asked Justo to check the house and garden shed again. Just as well. The dogs located termites in the garden shed (not so bad), but also an entry point at the rear of the house. The termites only just started to make their way inside. But for the dogs, we would have never known until it probably would have been too late. I’m a builder and very aware what termites can do to your home. I visually check the property from time to time myself, but would not have been able to see this. Justo checks and advises if there is a problem (and issues a certificate), and was able to refer us to his reliable associates to install further termite protection. We now have inspection and bait boxes around the house, all at very reasonable cost. We certainly will get Justo and his amazing dogs to do annual checks.
Rob D. - Montrose
The day before the Auction
We were looking to buy a house in Mt Evelyn and a friend told us about the Termite Sniffer Dogs and how impressive they were. We engaged Justo and his dogs the day before the Auction and they detected termites and also where they had already been. I then did some research with the Real Estate Institute and Consumer Affairs and was horrified to find out that a Vendor or Real Estate Agent is not obliged to disclose if the house is termite infested!! It is truly "buyer beware" so don’t risk it – for a small price we avoided a major financial catastrophe!
Jacqui & Brian McLellan
Termite Detecting ‘Sniffer dog’
To whom it may concern, I engaged Justo the termite detecting ‘Sniffer dog’ service to locate where termites were getting into my Watsonia home. I was very impressed and pleased with what they have done, in terms of locationg points of entry. It will now be much easier to treat the problem. I am a plumbing contractor and could not locate them, even after going over my property with a fine tooth comb! I would recommend Justo and his K9 friends to anyone in need of this service.
Steven Doyle Mob: 0418 370 389
Saved Our House
We heard from our neighbour about Justo and his termite sniffing beagles, and asked him to do an inspection at our house. Justo came along with his dog and they inspected thoroughly, inside, outside in the yard and beneath the house. The dog methodically sniffed for termites and actually found them beneath our house. Luckily it was early days for the termites. They had only damaged several floorboards by this time. Justo his dog and the early termite detection saved our house from major termite damage. We were able to obtain termite treatment to prevent further damage. Justo and his termite sniffer dog provided a valuable service to us. We recommend him to you.