Termites can cause major structural damage to a property in just six months, and can completely destroy a home in two years.

More facts about termites

Termites feed on wood and the easier they can access wood, the more likely they are to invade. Termite entry can occur at a slab edge, through cracks, joins or imperfections in concrete or in areas surrounding service pipes and plumbing.

Look out for termite mud tubes (built from dirt and other materials) or termite damage around piers or stumps, subfloor areas, foundations, skirting boards, architraves, cornices, moulding and roof timbers.

Other things worth looking out for include soft floorboards and bulging, staining or ripping of painted timbers. When wood has been damaged by termites it has a hollowed-out sound when tapped. You may notice dried mud falling from joints in walls when tapped, which is an indicator of termite damage. Some species of termites make a ‘clicking’ noise which is usually heard at night time.

What should I do to prepare for a termite inspection?

Where possible, please ensure that skirting boards, door and window frames are accessible.

Examples of termite damage

Supporting posts of a house. These posts look fine from the outside, but are completely destroyed and not supporting the structure at all.

A large termite nest located. Termites have used building materials and pipe works to gain access causing a major destruction to this building.

How to prevent termite infestations

  • Have regular inspections of the building carried out to Australian standards by licensed and experienced consultants and inspectors
  • Ensure you have a termite management plan put in place, with installation of a chemical perimeter barrier for added protection
  • Materials such as firewood should not be stored against the building for long periods
  • Remove untreated timbers that are in close proximity to the building
  • Construct retaining walls and fences with termite resistant materials
  • Built-up gardens and shrubs should not be planted too close to the perimeter of the building, obstructing the weep holes or creating insufficient slab edge exposure
  • Fix any moisture problems such as leaking pipes, shower recesses, leaking hot water service outlets, leaking sprinklers too close to the building, inadequate drainage or drains not connected to the stormwater
  • Ensure there is adequate subfloor ventilation

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