TERMITES CAN CAUSE COSTLY DAMAGE
Did you know that termites cause over $900,000,000 worth of damage a year in Australia.
Termites can cause costly damage to your home which for majority of you is your most valuable investment you will make in a life time. Many people fail to recognise, until it is too late, that termites have moved into your home and the extensive amount of damage that has been caused.
No property is safe from termites. Termites are the cause of the greatest economic losses of timber in structures in Australia. Australia’s Subterranean termite species (white ants) are the most destructive termites in the world. Did you know it can take up to as little as 3 months for a termite colony to severely damage almost all timbers in a home. Termites will travel up to 100 metres from their nest in search of food.
About Termites: Subterranean termites are social insects usually living in underground nests. Nests maybe located in trees or in rare instances located in above ground areas within the property. They tunnel underground to enter the building and then remain hidden within the timbers making it difficult to locate them. Termites are also hard to locate if gardens are built up around the home and termite management systems are either not in place or poorly maintained. Termites are extremely sensitive to temperature, humidity and light, which is why they do not move above ground. They travel in mud encrusted (termite tracking) tunnels searching for food. Detection of termites is usually made by locating these mud tunnels rising from the ground into the affected structure. A fully qualified timber pest inspector will be able to spot any mud tunnels around your property.
How termites attack your home: The most destructive species live in large underground nests containing several million timber destroying insects. If a nest is located near your home this is when the problem arises. Your home provides natural shelter and food source for the termites. A single colony may exploit food sources over as much as one hectare. Concrete slabs are not a barrier, termites can penetrate through cracks in the slab and gain access into your home.
Termite Damage: Once in contact with the timber they excavate it, often leaving only a thin veneer on the outside. If left undetected they can cause many thousands of dollars damage and become costly to treat.