It seems like termites are on the march in the Caboolture region. Recently we posted a story of extreme termite damage to a local home, now we are back out there fighting these pests.
Recently we attended a home in Banksia Beach to carry out a termite inspection. Upon doing the inspection, termite activity was quickly located in the ceiling area between two floors under a bathroom. A large termite nest was located in a roof void between the floors.
Why Get a Termite Inspection?
Annual timber pest inspections are crucial to ensuring your home is not under attack from timber pests such as termites. Termites conceal themselves very well within voids and usually by the time the homeowner notices a problem it is too late. If termites remain undetected in a building for a long time they can literally destroy a home and it can obviously become quite expensive. The damage bill can and regularly does run into the tens of thousands of dollars, especially when structural timbers are damaged.
Common myths dispelled
- Steel framed homes won’t be affected by termite damage – all homes contain some timber including skirting boards and paper backed Gyprock, (dry-wall).
- Concrete slabs are protected – they provide no protection against a termite attack.
- Home insurance will cover termite damage – No!
Can you afford not to be covered?
It is estimated that one in four homes will experience termite damage at some stage.
The average cost of repairs for termite damage in Australia is $7,000, but costs frequently increase into the tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands and do not include costs such as temporary accommodation or loss of the home.
For homeowners such as self-funded retirees, people on a fixed income or large families, this is something that is simply unaffordable and deeply stressful.
How to prevent termites at your home
Prevention is always better than cure.
Regular termite inspections, not a termite check, is the first step toward a total pest management solution. Most people have never seen a termite or the damage they cause. Termites can go undetected for several months and might only be discovered when the vacuum cleaner bumps the skirting board which crumbles to dust or strange mounds of dirt start to appear in a cupboard or around the property.
If you are unsure, contact Amalgamated Pest Control immediately. A qualified Timber Pest Technician will be able to accurately identify if your home has a termite problem and recommend solutions to stop an infestation before it’s too late.
Always talk to your insurer and find out what you are and are not covered for before purchasing your home insurance – ask questions about anything you are concerned may occur.
If you believe or suspect that you have a termite pest problem, please contact your local team at Amalgamated pest Control Caboolture for further advice.