Australia has over 350 species of termites, but less than 10 of these species cause almost all of the damage by eating seasoned timbers. The remainder prefer damp, rotting wood or leaf litter and dead grass. Knowing your species is extremely important!
Termites have a huge impact on the Australian economy; annually, all the fire, flood damage to homes does not exceed the damage caused by termites each year.
The scary statistic? Only 20% of Australian homes are inspected for the presence of termites.
The Number 1 reason Termites are able to eat their way into homes is that homeowners don’t do anything to stop them!
Almost every Australian home will be at risk of termites. The good news is we have several methods to help protect your building or structure against termites. These include:
- Annual Termite Inspections: Involves a yearly visual inspection and report of your property.
- Termite baiting and monitoring systems: Involves using unobtrusive termite bait stations, which are placed around the perimeter of your property and routinely monitored to detect termite activity. These systems can be used at any stage of the building’s life.
- Chemical termite barrier: Involves applying a liquid chemical to the soil around the entire perimeter of the building. This method can be used at any stage of the building’s life. This barrier has active ingredient Fipronil which disrupts the termites central nervous system.
- Non Chemical termite barrier: Involves applying a liquid to the soil around the entire perimeter of the building. This method can be used at any stage of the building’s life. The mode of operation allows paralysis to occur to the termites. Within hours they show signs of muscle paralysis before they die.
Below is a video of a customers property that we were called out to. Termites were entering the property underneath the concrete slab and proceeding into the corner of the property.