According to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), approximately 32 percent of all houses in Australia currently have some termite activity, or about 130,000 homes per year. In other words, about one in three homes are affected by termites at the moment.
However, if you look at a home’s entire lifetime, about two in three homes will be affected at some point. Additionally, each home has about an 80 percent chance of being located within 25 metres of a termite colony, adding to your risk.
You can’t count on termite infestations never happening to you—the odds simply aren’t in your favour.
The Australian Institute of Architects estimated in 2006 that the country spent about one billion dollars per year on termite control and repairs. As of 2012, that figure was closer to 1.5 billion.
Generally, the average cost for a professional pest control company to treat termites is about $2,500 to $6,000, depending on the size of your home and the extent of the infestation. However, the cost of extermination is just the beginning.
Once you’ve gotten rid of the termites, you have to repair the damage they caused. Termites chew through wood, which means that they can cause extensive structural damage to your home before you notice that they’re there. The average cost of repairs is about $7,900, though the amount varies widely for each case.
Once you’ve paid to repair your home, you may face yet more costs down the road. When it comes time to sell your house and move to a new location, many buyers may be put off by the fact that your home was once infested by termites, and they may not be interested anymore—or if they’re still willing to buy the house, they may make a much smaller offer.
You could potentially lose a lot of money on the sale because of your home’s history. According to one survey of prospective buyers, they’d decrease an offer on a house affected by termites by about 25 percent, if they offered at all.
Termites are likely to enter your home at some point, if they haven’t already. If you let the infestation grow and develop, you could stand to lose thousands of dollars in pest control costs, repairs and lost money from the home’s future sale. However, you can mitigate your risks by protecting your home now.
Schedule a regular termite inspection with a qualified pest control company. When you take this precaution every year, you can spot problem areas that could attract termites and eliminate them, or you can catch an infestation in its early stages before it does much damage. The cost of an inspection is miniscule next to the cost of treatment.
Your inspector will point out termite attractants like firewood piled outside the house and extra moisture in crawlspaces and give you suggestions for lowering your risk. If the inspector does find evidence of termites, the damage isn’t likely to be severe yet, and extermination should be quicker and easier than if the colony has time to spread inside your home.
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Our weather conditions here on the Sunshine Coast make our climate one of the most inviting to termites. Because the Sunshine Coast has high humidity, high temperatures and no real cold snaps, the termite activity and numerous destructive species here mean that we have to be on the lookout for termite trouble all year round.
Termites are perhaps the most secretive and destructive type of insect that commonly infests homes. Termites primarily live, travel and eat through the inner layers of timber, so they can be difficult to spot.
In this blog, we list seven warning signs that may actually be visible in your home.
1. Mud Trails
While termites spend most of their lives inside wooden structures, they may create entrances and exits that are sometimes visible to the human eye. You may observe mud trails (termite galleries) at times, but more often, live termites will conceal themselves in the structural timbers of wall cavities or below ground level.
2. Hollow Timber
When termites eat timber, they may consume the inner layers of the wood without damaging the outermost layer. If you suspect that your home may have termites, lightly tap the suspect timbers with a solid object.
Hollow timber will sound empty and create a dull thudding noise. Taps on termite-damaged wood will sound different than taps on any other wooden surface in your home.
3. Insect Swarms
If you notice swarms of what look like flying ants around light fixtures in your home, these winged insects may actually be termites (alates). A swarm of alates indicates that a termite colony has matured and some of the insects are leaving to establish new termite nests.
Swarms are most likely to occur during damp or humid conditions. If you can, catch one of these insects for a professional termite identification. Termites look distinctly different from other common flying insects like ants and beetles.
For example, termites tend to be a lighter color than other common insects and have no discernible 'waist', unlike most ant species.
The termites that you may see swarming are the insects in the colony capable of reproduction. When these swarms leave an established colony to find a new place to settle, they intentionally shed their wings upon landing since they will no longer need to fly.
You may notice piles of insect wings around your interior or exterior walls if your home has become newly infested by a colony of termites.4. Paint Damage
If you have a termite infestation, the termite activities may become visible due to paint warping. Specifically, you may notice that your paint begins to look malformed, bumpy or stained or to feel spongy when touched.
This malformation occurs when the wood underneath the paint has been consumed or weakened to the point that the timber no longer supports the shape of the paint.
5. Pinpoint Holes
When termites have built up in sufficient numbers behind your wall linings, you may see pinpoint holes on the wall surface. These holes are usually blocked up with termite muddings on closer inspection.
6. Sagging Floors
One of the most significant threats of a termite infestation is that the damage will affect a home's structural stability. If you have termites in your flooring or subfloor for a long period of time, your walking surface may change dramatically.
You may observe sagging, sponging, creaking and crumbling in the affected areas.
7. Cracked or Warped Wall Linings
The presence of cracked or warped walls or ceilings may be an indication that the structural integrity of your home has been compromised.If you notice any combination of these termite warning signs, schedule a termite inspection as soon as possible.
They destroyed a house in Buderim, see our last post
Termites turn roof timbers to sawdust: Termite expert Ben Herbert reveals extensive damage in the roof of a Sunshine Coast home.
IF YOU thought the revelation this week a Buderim home was declared uninhabitable because of termite damage was an isolated incident - you would be wrong.
Sunshine Coast pest inspector Ben Herbert, from Expect the Best termite experts, said he was called out all the time.
"Once, every couple of months, a home on the Sunshine Coast is declared uninhabitable," Mr Herbert said.
Most, thankfully, can be rescued without knocking the entire home down, but it comes at a considerable cost.
Mr Herbert sent through a video of a pest inspection in a roof cavity. At first glance it looked perfectly normal.
But a gentle tap from Mr Herbert and the wooden truss holding the roof up crumbled like a piece of dry bread.
"It's been a very long season this year, mostly because it has been so warm," Mr Herbert said.
"When I talk to other pest controllers on the Sunshine Coast, they are also very busy."
Mr Herbert said most people - as in the case of the 12 Raintrees Ct, Buderim home owners - are blissfully unaware their most valuable asset is being destroyed bite by bite.
"In less than 5% of cases there is evidence of termite activity where they will come out into open views," he said.
"Mostly it happens underground. That is why brick veneer homes on a concrete slab are so vulnerable. You can't go underneath and see what is going on."
And if you can hear them, you know you are in deep trouble.
"Occasionally can hear them, when they have built up in large numbers the soldiers in it bang their heads on the side of units and that makes a rattle."
Mr Herbert said it only happened "once every year or couple of years" that he saw a home that had to be demolished.
This week along he has had three "active" termite calls.Source: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/watch-coast-roof-crumbles-from-termite-damage/3042127/
Termites are a perennial problem for many Australian homeowners. Sunshine Coast homes are particularly vulnerable to termite attacks due to our warm climate and the high population of subterranean termites along the state's coast, but any home built from timber is at risk of termite infestation. However, some homes seem to suffer from more frequent attacks than others.