They may be small, but termites are hungry little critters that can cause an incredible amount of damage to your home.
The small white insect has the ability to chew its way through wood and while, tiny as individuals, they live in highly organised colonies of a million or more. Together they can cause considerable structural damage to your home if not detected and treated.
The worst part is that most people don’t realise they have a problem until it is too late and generally most home and contents insurance don’t cover any damage caused by termites.
With one in four houses compromised by termites at some point in their standing, it is important to stand guard and protect your most valuable asset from potential ruin.
Regular termite inspections every 12 months are your best defence and can help you detect any termite presence before they cause any significant damage.
Pest inspectors will carry out a visual timber inspection, which involves thorough inspection of internal areas, roof space, external areas, sub flooring, fences, sheds and any structures within 30 metres of the main building.
After the inspection they will let you know if any termites were found and if any treatment is necessary.
There are also effective measures you can take that will reduce the risk of a termite attack on your home, these include:
- Do not store untreated timber such as firewood against the home. Keep a good distance away and ideally store them off the ground on a metal frame
- Termites need a ready water supply so find and repair any water leaks you may have inside or outside of your home
- Make sure air conditioners, hot water systems or leaking taps are not dripping into the soil
- Ensure your home is well ventilated. This prevents moisture and is less attractive to termites
- Brick homes have weep holes to help with ventilation – keep them free from obstruction to prevent termite entry
- Ensure timber posts of deckings, pergolas, carports, gazebos etc are placed on steel stirrups to break timber contact with ground areas
- Use termite resistant materials such as treated pine for garden sleepers, fences, decks etc
- Homes with a concrete slab should ensure the exposed slab edge remains exposed as this forms part of the physical barrier. If garden beds and soil areas are raised and covered, this can lead to undetected termite entry
- Clear any dead trees or old wood stumps from your yard
- Check your foundations for cracks and other termite entry points and patch where necessary