Are There White Ants Eating Your Home?
Today white ants or more correctly called termites, are a serious pest in Australia. They have the capacity to create thousands of dollars’ worth of damage in a matter of weeks or destroy an entire roof structure in as little as three months.
There is really no end to the destruction that they can cause and for the untrained eye these pests may go undetected for months before the damage that they have done has been discovered.
Removing the roof and re-building the roof structure of a home is a very costly affair, and if damage has also occurred to the walls or floor of the home, the repair cost would be astronomical. And what a lot of people are unaware of is that their insurance policy doesn’t cover termite damage as this is deemed preventable!
Funnily enough white ants aren’t actually ants at all. They’re more closely related to cockroaches however, because they look like little pale coloured ants, many people refer to them as white ants. Whether you call them white ants or termites the amount of damage they can do remains the same.
How do you deter White Ants or Termites?
White ants present little evidence of their presence to the untrained eye. They eat through wood from the inside out so a colony of white ants can be busy at work without being seen.
There are many things you can do to help prevent these home eating pests from attacking your most valuable possession. Firstly, you can make your home less inviting as they are quite fussy when it comes to food and their environment. Action plan of what you can do:
- Ensure you don’t have vegetation growing up against your house
- Keep the area under your home and your roof space well ventilated as termites and other pests like dampness and humidity
- Repair leaks quickly white ants like to have a source of water too
- If you use timber for structures or retaining walls in your garden, ensure you choose termite resistant timers, or timber that has been treated to deter termites.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do is ensure that you have regular inspections to detect the presence of timber destroying pests in your home, or their activity level around your home. The CSIRO website suggests having an annual inspection and increasing that to twice a year if you live in a warm dry climate area in Australia that are more prone to termite activity.
Having a pest control expert visit your home annually is a small investment in your property against the type of damage a white ant or termite can do if left untreated. The financial cost involved can be astronomical to restore and replace timbers and treat a property to get it back to a liveable state. We suggest white ant prevention strategies, and treat any infestations early are less expensive ways to protect your home.
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