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Termites

What is termite management?

Termite management involves reducing the chances that major damage is caused to your house by termite or white ant infestations. Termites cause more damage to Australian houses than fire, floods and storms combined - damage that is not covered by household insurance.

Termites avoid light and rarely come out into the open. Often they're found within timbers where they leave a wafer-thin layer to protect themselves from the outside environment, and sometimes conceal themselves within mud-like tubes or galleries.

Tips for avoiding damage by termites

  • Choose a termite management system to suit your preferences and the needs of the type of construction.
  • Understand the system of termite management and maintenance requirements for your house.
  • Have a pest controller inspect the house every 12 months if you are in a high hazard area.
  • If you are concerned about existing or potential infestation, you should contact your local pest control company.

Maintenance/housekeeping tips

  • Check your property and building regularly for termite activity to reduce the risk of damage.
  • Plumbing leaks, drainage problems and roof leaks should be addressed promptly, as termites are attracted by damp conditions.
  • Garden beds should not be built up against walls, as this allows termites an undetectable entry point to the building.
  • Do not block or cover sub-floor ventilation with garden beds or paving.
  • Do not stack materials against walls, as this can allow termites to enter without early detection.
  • Sub floor areas should be well ventilated and vents should not be obstructed.
  • Storage of cellulose products in the sub floor space should be avoided.
  • Use termite resistant timber for works around the property, including retaining walls.
  • Use metal stirrups for verandah and gateposts.
  • Clean and check timber decks regularly.
  • Do not build rainwater tanks up against walls, as this may allow termites an undetectable entry point to the building.

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