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According to Australian Standard AS3660.2, professional termite inspections should be conducted at least once every 12 months, and ideally more than once for high risk homes. This is especially the case for high risk sites, such as timber or steel and masonry homes located in bushland or built up urban areas. As termites attack buildings from underground, and therefore often unnoticed, it’s best to regularly ensure that your home’s termite barriers are intact and well-maintained.
When it comes to insects, identification of type and species can be very difficult. Especially in summer when there are numerous insects out and about, many people become confused as to the presence of pests in and around their home. One of the most common mistakes people make is confusing ants for termites. It is easy to mistake flying ants for flying termites (and vice versa) as these insects share a lot of visual similarities.
We are well into spring now and the humidity is starting to rise. Look outside and you’ll be able to see the changes with flowers blooming everywhere, and birds and insects in full swing. Under the ground the termites have also been busy actively foraging for food in trees, stumps and even timber in people’s homes: this is in preparation for the release of the queens and males flying termites.
Subterranean termites thrive in damp, enclosed spaces where they can maintain their humid environment, as close to cellulose-rich food sources as possible. Cellulose is found in all plants, and while termites can eat grass and leaves, they favour dead and decaying wood as it gives them both sustenance and moisture.
By nature, Australians are very proud of their homes. Many of us spend a significant amount of time on home upkeep and maintenance, which is why unwanted pests can be so frustrating. Termites cause a huge amount of damage to properties in Australia every year and, generally, insurance does not cover the damage caused. So, how can you protect your home?