Termite Myths and Termite Damage You Should Know

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Termites have been a serious problem even in the past. In 1992, it became a law in Australia that every new house needs to have termite treatment. 

In fact, it is estimated that 1 in every 5 houses are exposed to termite infestation and damage. To protect your house, a termite treatment is therefore a must.

There are two termite treatment options that can be applied. You can go for chemical treatment, where we dig a trench and inject the ground for every 200mm with Termidor, then backfill the area. There are also physical barriers like brands Kordon, Homeguards and treatments like T2 Timbers. 

If you’re building a new home or doing a substantial renovation, make sure to apply the appropriate physical or chemical barriers. It’s easier to install them during construction although some can be retrofitted. 

It is not advised that you do DIY termite treatment. Hiring a professional termite control expert for your pre-construction work is really necessary.

As property owner, you wouldn’t want to miss this very crucial step in protecting your home so make sure not to skip on termite treatment. 

But here’s a WARNING!

There’s been TERMITE MYTHS going around.

While you wanted to make sure your house is protected from termites, you might have been fed with some wrong information – which can really be costly.

They say brick houses on a concrete slab are safe from termites. BUT termites do not only attack wood. Termites can also get through concrete. In fact, they only need a 1mm crack; that’s too small for you to even notice. 

But as soon as more and more of them pass through the crack (and remember, there can be hundreds if not thousands of termites in one colony), the crack gets larger, creating damage.

 Termites also attack veneer walls, skirting boards, and timber door frames! 

While you could’ve been told that T2 Timbers are fine and you need not worry, this is also WRONG.

Over time, the barrier installed can tear and termites could get in.

So while you think you are fully protected from termites, it’s frustrating that this is only a FALSE sense of security where the owner thinks he was protected from termite attack when he is NOT. 

This is why an annual termite inspection is necessary. CSIRO recommends that a termite inspection should be carried out at least once as a bare minimum. Call 0407 065 413.

Have your place inspected to ensure your property is not being attacked by termites. When left unchecked, the damage costs will continuously increase for as long as the termites are undetected. 

What kind of damage can termites do?

Termites can cause severe damage to homes. 

Houses made of wood are not the only structures susceptible to termite damage. Termite infestations can also be found in homes made from other material. Even those brick or concrete houses can be attacked by termites. 

Termite damage can be observed on cabinets, floors, ceilings, walls, wooden furniture, among others. 

Severe termite damage is dangerous as it affects the structural integrity of your home and even causes ceilings or floors to collapse. 

Termite damage signs to look out for

Termites cannot survive in the open that’s why you don’t easily detect their presence unless you see signs of the actual damage they’ve caused.

These signs can indicate that termites may be present.

  • Faint tapping or chewing noises behind walls
  • Damp areas or moisture stains on walls
  • Soft floor boards
  • Mud trails leading up the sides of buildings
  • Painted walls that bubble and peel, also known as paint blisters
  • Blisters on door or window frames
  • Dried mud in door or window frames
  • Build up of earthy materials around power points
  • Appearance of water damage
  • Seeing swarms of termites, especially in spring

Do not disregard any one of these. As soon as you notice these termite damage signs in your home, contact a pest control expert to do termite inspection ASAP. 

A1 Pest Control Canberra offers both visual inspection and thermal imaging which uses state-of-the-art technology for termite detection. Our thermal camera registers the heat radiated by the termites which guarantees a higher accuracy for detecting them.

How much does termite damage cost?

Termite damage repair costs an average of $10,000. The damage can occur very quickly and goes undetected until a significant problem has been made. The bad news is – these forms of termite damage are not covered by your insurance.

What do you do if you have termite damage?

Take note of the things you SHOULD NOT DO when you spot signs of termite damage. 

  1. DO NOT disturb them or investigate further – this may frighten them off and make it harder to detect them.
  2. DO NOT try to kill them with pest sprays or DIY methods – the only effective termite treatment are those coming from licensed pest control companies.
  3. DO NOT IGNORE THEM!

You already know the danger of ignoring termite presence so never do that. Instead, here are the things that you SHOULD DO.

  1. STAY CALM.
  2. Take action right away.
  3. Contact a nearby pest control company. You can call our team of licensed termite control specialists on 0407 065 413. Our experienced technicians will pay a visit to perform a full inspection of your home.
  4. Have the termites properly treated with the right products. Our team uses effective and eco-friendly products that are safe for you and your pets.

When we do the termite inspection, we request you to be present so we can explain the inspection process, extent of the termite activity, as well as the termite treatment options (and how they work).

After termite damage is treated, we recommend that you have a termite inspection at least once a year to help prevent termite problems from reoccurring.

CSIRO recommends an annual termite inspection in every home to ensure that termite infestation doesn’t create terrible damage to property. 

As you’ve learned above, termites are not only attracted to wood but other materials, too. So it’s not always a guarantee that since your house is made of bricks or concrete, you’re safe from termite damage already.

REMEMBER – they only need a 1mm crack to get into your home, then create thousands worth of damage later on.

Call our team on 0407 065 413 so we could discuss how we can help you.

 

 

Need help identifying termites?

Call A1 Pest Control Canberra today for a consultation and to schedule an inspection of your property.

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