1 in 4 homes will be affected by Termites in Sydney
There are numerous ways that termites can gain entry into your home.
Knowing all the potential ways they can enter takes a fair amount of training and experience to learn. The main factor that will alter how termites get into homes is different construction styles of properties e.g. two homes next door to each other are often constructed completely differently.
Understanding the pest and experience with different construction styles are the only ways to understand exactly how they can gain entry to your property.
Some facts about termites
Termites can be divided into three main categories Drywood, Dampwood and Subterranean.
Here in Sydney and across Australia, the main termite pest that we will encounter and the most destructive are subterranean termites.
Subterranean Termites do as their name suggests, they spend most of their time underground.
They obtain their moisture form the soil and must remain in contact with it.
Some subterranean termites species build nests up high in trees or poles and some build mounds that rise up from the ground, all which are easy to spot for the home owner.
There are however a few of the most major pest species of subterranean termite in Sydney that actually have subterranean nests which are often never located. Within trees and stumps are favoured nesting sites for these species of termite. They also commonly nest under filled-in patios, in wall cavities of buildings under slabs and behind retained areas.
These species attack buildings usually within a 50m radius of their nest traveling to new buildings and food sources in underground tunnels.
If a new house is built near to an established colony, tens of thousands of dollars of damage can be done before the home owner even notices something is wrong.
This can answer part of the question as to how do termites get in.
They travel in underground tunnels from their nests and gain entry through the foundations of a structure, penetrations in the slab, over the concrete slab edge, through cracks in the slab any way possible from the ground up.
Once in the structure, it can be a long time before the occupant of that home notices that something is wrong and this can manifest in many ways. More often than not, the damage is done and the home owner is up for the real cost of a termite problem, repairing the damaged timbers.
If structural damage is done it can run into the tens of thousands of dollars and is it’s generally not covered by insurance. The best insurance you can have on your property is assurance from a professional pest control company.
There are multiple prevention and pressure reducing treatments that can be undertaken at your home. There are soil treated zones that can be installed to protect entry around the perimeter, monitoring systems that can be installed, trees can be drilled for the existence of nests and the list of management options goes on.
Want to protect your property?
It all starts with a Termite Inspection or Timber Pest Inspection. NOT just a “termite Check”
Termite inspections are conducted by an experienced and professional local pest manager. This inspection takes a comprehensive look at your home, assesses whether or not you have a termite or other timber pest problem and what conditions around your home will encourage termites and other timber pests to enter, and what you can do to protect your home from attack from termites in the future.
If you need advice on a termite problem or require timber pest inspection call Amalgamated Pest Control Sydney today!