It is not uncommon to find termites and other such insects in residential areas and the incidence of such infestation is on the increase. One reported reason for this is the common use of second-hand timber such as railway sleepers.

The presence of termites and other insect pests must be identified before exchange of Contracts since such presence relates to "state of repair" rather than to title. Therefore, it is prudent for the buyer to arrange for a pest inspection to be carried out before exchange.