Termites are well known for the destructive damage they can cause to a home. Home owners are often unaware of their presence and only discover termite activity when it’s too late.
Recently we attended a job where our customer had an old home relocated to a block of land some years ago and right where they wanted to put the home there was a huge living tree. They decided to cut it down and the height at which it was felled to, would be the eventual final height of the home and subsequent piers would all be put in at the same height.
Unfortunately, no one told them that termites love living in the core void of a tree stump and that a sheet of corrugated iron will NOT stop them from getting into the home. As the picture shows, an extensive network of termites ensued into the home and the end result was considerable damage eventuating to the internal walls, roof framing, trims, wall frames and sub floor timbers. Typically, this is not covered by home insurance.
What attracts timber pests to a home?
One major environmental condition commonly found at the vast majority of homes is moisture. This is one of the main contributing factors in subterranean termites nesting within or close to structures. Excessive or unnecessary sources of moisture will also entice foraging subterranean termites into your property as they love a food source close to a moisture source. Look out for Plumbing problems such as leaking showers, unsealed tap flanges, leaking taps, cracks in pipes, blocked drains, hot water system and or air conditioning overflows draining at the base of the building. Look out for roof drainage issues such as damaged down-pipes and or guttering. Downpipes should be fixed into proper drainage, not just draining to the base of the building. Poor surface drainage. Inadequate ventilation in sub-floors.
How to stop termites
In this example, we performed an extensive remedial chemical treatment and subsequent follow ups and a termite barrier was installed around the home.
A thorough timber pest inspection and report is the first step towards finding the right solution for your property and budget.
If you’re concerned you might have a timber pest problem, contact Amalgamated Pest Control Mundubbera for advice.