Termites are well known for the destructive damage they can cause to a home in a short time frame. Despite our best efforts, these pests can often access a home in the smallest entry points at the most maintained properties.
Recently we received a call from a concerned customer who had spotted something unusual at their home. When our technician arrived he commenced a thorough inspection of the property and quickly discovered the what our customer was concerned about.
As you can see in the photo below, our customer had every right to be concerned. This is a mud shelter tube created by termites, which was running up next to the telephone conduit from the ground. If you look closely, you can see the that the termites are entering the house where the white silicone has separated from the brick and were entering where the phone cables lead into the home.
Termites can be grouped into three basic categories:
- Dampwood, these termites generally live in damp rotting logs or rot pockets in dead or living trees.
- Drywood, these termites obtain water from the wood in which they live and have no contact with the soil, or with any other source of moisture.
- Subterranean, these termites are generally ground-dwelling or require contact with the soil or some constant source of moisture and are the main threat posed to timber in the built environment, (timber-in-service).
Does home insurance cover termite damage?
Typically no. Loss or damage arising from insects and vermin’ is not covered by most insurers here in Australia and many homeowners only learn this when their claim is denied. This type of damage is seen as a preventable event and the responsibility of the homeowner.
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 problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Gatton for further advice.