More homes are damaged by termites each year than by fire.
Australia has the most destructive termites in the world. A recent CSIRO survey revealed more than one in every five homes had termite damage, with an estimated damage bill of more than $100 million every year.
Termites have a 200 million year evolutionary history closely related to cockroaches. Termites can be found right throughout Australia.
Termites forage for food over a large area (approximately 100 metres) in search of timber and operate and live in a central nest or colony. The worker termites partially digest the timber before returning to the termite nest to feed the termite colony. This can cause considerable damage to our homes and bank accounts, as many Australians will attest, and can happen in a matter of months.
Termite Control Tips
By introducing some basic maintenance precautions around your home and property, you can greatly lower the risk of termites being attracted to or entering your valuable home. The aim is to discourage termites from foraging on your property by removing or raising above ground all potential food sources.
- Do not store timber, refuse, firewood or similar materials against or close to your house or building. Remember, Termites love timber!
- Clean up any piles of branches or pieces of wood in your backyard.
- Remove all stumps and dead trees. Stumps and dead trees represent a huge food resource for termites.
- Do not use untreated bark chips in your garden or garden beds.
- Maintain a 75mm high clear area around the edge of your home to allow visual inspection of possible termite activity up the side of your foundation concrete slab.
- Rake garden beds away from your home to expose weep holes.
- Replace wooden lawn ornaments with non-wood items.
- Raise fence posts, deck posts and stair stringers onto concrete or use an alternative to wood for building.
- Ensure that wooden sheds are raised above ground.
- Fix any leaking plumbing, leaks or wet areas – termites thrive where there is moisture.
Regularly inspect the perimeter of your home for signs of termite damage or evidence of access up from the ground and into your home.