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Have you seen a house or a commercial establishment seriously attacked by a bunch of termites? Of course, you don’t want to see this, but as a homeowner or business owner, you will surely feel the effect of the costs for your repairs and maintenance when termite infestation occurs on your premises. 

Did you know that there was an approximately $1.5 billion annual bill from termite damage in Australia? Yes, and it increases significantly every year. In Australia, there are no such places as termite-free zones according to National Architect’s advisory service so proper protection for each home from termite destruction is indeed necessary. (Read: Termites Costing Home Owners Hundreds of Thousands of dollars)

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common Termites in sydney

Even termites are very small insects (usually 0.16 – 0.59 inches, the queens with a maximum of 4 inches), when these attack and invade any property, the colony can make the house or establishment down. Out of more than three thousand species in the world, 183 species cause damage and less than a hundred species cause significant damage to wooden structures.

The most common pest species are Nasutitermes walkeri, Dampwood termite, Giant termite, Coptotermes acinaciformes, and Dry-wood termite. And they come from these 5 families, this includes, Termitidae, Termopsidae, Mastotermitidae, Rhinotermitidae and Kalotermitidae respectively. These families constitute 348 species existing currently in Australia. Termites usually consume dead plants and any waste materials like dead woods or feces, these provide them with reliable sources of food and moisture.  (Read: 10 Reasons why pest infestations should not be ignored)

Termites are also categorized into two groups based on feeding habits, the lower and the higher. Those termites who feed mainly on the wood are lower while those who feed on other materials like feces, plants, leaves, or roots are the higher termites. Due to their timber-eating habits, many species cause serious damage to residential and commercial buildings with wooden structures especially those properties without protection. Their presence is unnoticeable until they damage the whole furniture, a part of your wall, or skirting boards severely. (Read: Psychological Effects Of Pest Infestations At Home)

Termites of different species like dry-wood prefer warm climates but they can still thrive in any warm areas even in cold regions. They can easily invade houses by transporting and shipping containers or goods from one place to another. This Dry-wood termite is considered to be the world’s worst termite pest but the most destructive species in Australia is Coptotermes acinaciformes, usually found under buildings’ spaces and walls as their favorite nesting sites. 

Termites use feces, plant material, and soil in building their nests, some are visible and some are located underground. Some termites also live or stay in the wood and constructed tunnels for immediate access to their food. These nests and mounds serve as their protection against parasites, predators, pathogens, and dehydration as well. (Related: Bugfree All Year Round)

When constructing nests, termites work together through indirect communication and boost building behavior in other termites. They can also determine if the termites are their nest mates or of the same colony since each colony has its odor, distinct from others. (Read: Pest Control During Summer)

The Costs of Termite Damage

It was believed that more than the damages caused by fire, storms, earthquakes, or floods, the destruction of termites can bring a homeowner or business owner’s property. It was reported last October 2020 in that there was a family in Sydney who has been hit with termite damage, costing them $250,000 for their house repair alone. The termite started to infest the bathroom areas underneath where there is enough moisture for them to reproduce and live, then invade the other parts of the house. (Read: Pest Control for retirement villages)

The “it won’t happen to me attitude” should be disregarded according to Archicentre Australia because any home, old or new, can be infested with these tiny dreadful creatures, and the next time you know it, your backyard has already mounds or tunnels with a bunch of termites living inside and started to bridge into your walls.

There was an approximately $10,000 per house average cost of treatment and repair of damages according to a 2012 industry study with AEPMA (Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association), and $4 billion average costs of termites to the housing industry every year. (Read: 3 reasons pest control should not be DIY)

As early as 2003, there were 650,000 Australian homes that had encountered termite infestation based on the Archicentreaustralia survey, and increasing aggregate from then on. The risk of termite infestation is higher in houses or buildings that use untreated softwood timber frames and concrete slabs with little clearance from the ground. And for homes with built-in termite protection barriers, homeowners should always ensure that these barriers are not already damaged. (Read: Pest infestation damage to businesses)

Castle Hill, Seaforth, Turramurra, Gymea Bay, and Campbelltown have identified suburbs included in the top 5 termite hot spots in Sydney. Aside from the damages caused by termites in houses and buildings, they also cause damage to crops, and they generally attack plants during harvest time, especially during the dry season. Same to Australia, Southwestern in the United States has approximately $1.5 billion damage in to timber structures every year caused by termites.

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How to protect your home from a termite attack?

Remember that the cost of preventative measures and protection is quite minimal compared with the cost of the repairs of the damage when your home is already attacked. Here are some of the helpful guidelines on how to protect your home from termite infestation and how to control them if there are already signs of their presence. (Read: Get pest control before its too late)

Termite Inspection

Homeowners should have termite inspections annually, even if there are no visible signs of termite presence. If there are installed termite barriers, check them if still in better condition regularly as well. The cost of the termite inspection service normally depends on the size of the house, the number of rooms to be inspected including the garden, location, and construction of the house. The termite inspection is costly, especially from reliable pest control companies, but it is a lot cheaper when your home is infested and damaged by termites.  

By conducting a termite inspection, you can detect earlier if there is a growing infestation at your home or workplace and by acting fast, you may reduce the cost of repair and damages termites might cause. Also, by doing this with pest control experts, you are sustaining the structural integrity of your home and your other properties. Lastly, with your home being termite-free at all times, you are preserving its value. Once a threat is checked and identified, the importance of getting experienced pest control managers from AEPMA should be in mind. 

A thorough inspection, pest analytics, and comprehensive treatment by a trained and fully qualified professional like Safe Pest Control Pty Ltd. can assure any homeowners to have a termite-free home at all times. Safe Pest Control Technicians are termite experts who can easily detect termites and knows the proper and careful methods to control them effectively. Through the use of the latest technology in the industry, controlling termites and their damage to your property can be easily carried out, whether it is residential or commercial premises.

Also, here at Safe Pest Control, they offer a warranty on termite treatment, all the damages termites might cause after the treatment will be insured. Safe Pest Control is a trusted pest control company with almost 2 decades of experience and expertise in providing the best and most cost-effective solutions to any household pest problems throughout SydneySafe Pest Control uses eco-friendly products for comprehensive treatment which is tailored fit for your pest problem.  

Your home is your number one asset and keeping it termite-free is important so consult your termite expert – Safe Pest Control, Call 1300 119 085 now!