What could be attracting termites to my property?
Termites like to feed on cellulose, so they are attracted to anything that contains this material including wood, paper, cardboard and more!
The fewer conditions conducive to termites there are on your property, the lower the risk of termites being attracted to your home.
Here are some low to no cost ideas to remove conducive conditions and help protect your home.
- Moisture: fix/check for leaking water pipes, drains, showers, sinks etc, plus capture water from air conditioning units.
- Landscaping timber: removing timber stacks, old stumps, building refuse, garden decoration such as mulch, sleepers and logs.
- Humidity: keep air under the house dry by improving sub-floor ventilation, drainage and access.
- Concealed entry: keep the exterior perimeter of concrete slab edges clear of weeds, built-up garden beds, raised paving levels.
- Wood piles: store firewood up off the ground, undercover and preferably away from the building, avoid long term storage of building timbers in contact with the ground.
- Dead trees: remove (or monitor) dead trees or tree stumps and limbs that are near the house.
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How often should I get my home inspected for termites?
Before buying a new home
The last thing you want when buying a new property is to get it infested with termites, and then to have to invest thousands of dollars into treatments and repairs.
The hot and humid climate and dense vegetation in Brisbane and Toowoomba is perfect for termites.
Australian Standards recommends yearly as a minimum - with frequency depending on; type of building construction, if there are physical or environmental risk factors, previous termite damage within or surrounding the property.
Before selling your home
If you want to sell your property for the best price possible, then you should insure there is no termites. Certifying that your home is safe against termites will increase the value of your home.
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My neighbour has termites, what should I do?
The chances of you getting a termite infestation are even higher if you do not have a termite control system installed. If your neighbours have been infested or even a home far away has been, then you should get yours inspected as well.
Termites can travel 50 to 80 meters from their colony, and flying termites can travel considerably further. The main nest might not even be in your neighbour’s home, it might be in another neighbour's or even your own.
So if a home in your neighborhood is attacked by termites and you don't have a termite management system in place, act immediately!
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Do the different seasons affect termites?
It is true that termites like warm and humid weather, (their ideal temperature is 23-28 degrees) which unfortunately Toowoomba and Brisbane are most of the time, however, don’t assume you are safe just because of cooler weather.
Termites are active throughout the whole year. During winter, their metabolism slows down, but the kind of temperature and humidity existing inside houses makes for a favourable environment for continuous termite activity.
Are there any obvious signs of termites I can see?
First it must be verified that termites are the culprit. Other insects, including carpenter bees and some species of ants, can also damage wood homes. Some people may also mistake water damage for termite damage.
Termite damage happens from the inside out, so it can be hard to detect an infestation. Signs of a termite infestation include:
- Buckling or blisters in wood
- Hollowed or damaged wood
- Flying ants - (which are actually flying termites)
- Discarded termite wings
- Hard to open doors and windows
- Mud tubes
- Damaged drywall, bubbling under paint or wallpaper
- Overly squeaky floors and loosening tiles
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Is termite damage covered by home insurance policies?
In South East Queensland, home insurance policies generally do not cover termite damage. This is because termite infestations are considered avoidable damage rather than accidents.
Insurance providers view termite damage as a result of inadequate maintenance or prevention measures on the homeowner's part. Unlike sudden accidents or natural disasters, termite infestations are gradual and can often be prevented through routine inspections, proactive termite management, and proper maintenance of the property.
As a homeowner in SEQ, it's crucial to be proactive in termite prevention, including regular inspections and implementing protective measures.
While insurance may not cover termite damage, taking preventive actions can save homeowners from significant repair costs associated with termite-related structural damage. With termite inspections, costing under $300, they are a wise investment in safeguarding your property.
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