Fight The Stats By Being Proactive
Termite is a word no Australian homeowner wants to hear.
Nonetheless, it’s a word that is definitely on the minds of Australians, as the numbers demonstrate. A study done by pest control experts Rentokil showed that the overwhelming majority (65%) of Australians think these little buggers can eat away up to 20% of the value of their home.
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And if they were in the market to buy, 74% would be definitely turned off if there was even the slightest sign of this destructive pest, as a home is the biggest financial investment most Australians will ever make.
Unfortunately, all of those fears are grounded in fact. These white ants are found in between one in three and one in four Australian homes, and once discovered , they usually cost the owners between $7,000 and $8,000 to get rid of and then repair the damage – and most insurance policies won’t even cover it.
Like A Horror Movie Without A Cure
In short, when it comes to your precious investment – your home – the tiny 6 legged arachnid is like a character from a horror movie.
They live for up to 20 years, they can live in colonies of several million, and they’re one of the few organisms on Earth that need cellulose – wood – for their nutrition. And wood is the very backbone of the structure of our homes.
They are also the almost invisible menace, as they come up from underneath your house and feast on your valuable investment without you even knowing it.
High-Risk All Over Australia
If you are feeling relaxed about this little menace, you probably shouldn’t be. Many people believe infestations are their worst only in certain parts of Australia, like northern Queensland and the Northern Territory. But that’s not true at all.
A specialist like Pest Townsville Pest Control is kept busy because, along with most of Queensland, it is in the white ant hazard area that is deemed “very high” risk. The NT is also in the ‘very high’ risk area, but so too is the north of WA and Perth – and the rest of Australia doesn’t get off lightly either.
Almost the entire country, including Sydney and Adelaide, is categorised as ‘high’ risk, translating into the fact that all of the natural disasters like floods, fires, and storms combined cannot rival these critters for economic impact.
Be proactive to prevent infestations. Are you feeling relaxed because you have a new, brick house with a concrete foundation? Do you have hardwoods rather than timber? None of it matters. You’re at risk.
Luckily, there are ways we can be proactive to ensure that a white ant horror story doesn’t overtake our lives and literally eat into our precious investments.
5 Steps To Reduce Infestation Risk
1. Be vigilant when buying a home
When buying a new home, make the contract subject to a pest inspection. And even if white ants are found or the property is lacking in protection, Townsville Pest Control experts can do treatments and install barriers that can significantly reduce the risk of an infestation.
2. Get annual inspections done
Only an experienced and skilled specialist will know what to look for when it comes to this almost invisible pest. They will look for the merest signs of termite damage, add, strengthen or renew existing treatments and give you advice as to what you can do yourself to mitigate against an infestation.
3. Keep your eyes peeled
They’re hard to spot, but keep your eye out for signs of damage and infestation. This can be rippling paint on the walls and window frames, and mud signs such as spotting and tunnels.
4. Be proactive because prevention is better than cure
* Here’s a basic guide to do-it-yourself white ant prevention. For more of Rentokil’s alarming statistics, check out the YouTube video below.
5. Call An Expert For An Inspection
Don’t pretend to be an expert. Get on the phone and make the call. You’ll fell happy you did.
What To Do Between Inspections
In between those annual inspections, there are things you can do to lower your risk of an infestation.
• If you have a wood fire, keep your firewood covered and dry and stored away from the main structures of your precious home, and if you store wood for any other reason, the same applies – and never bury it!
• If you have wood fences, they need to be inspected and treated as well, because once those millions of ants start marching into your yard, the trouble begins.
• Don’t ignore even minor water leaks, as termites love these damp conditions and these structural weaknesses in your home can provide the ‘door’ to a full-on infestation.
• Clear your garden of heavy brush or growth, especially near the structure of your home, as it can retain moisture and foster the growth of colonies.
Protecting Your Home
When your inspection is finished, it’s important to maintain and protect your home. There are general tips and tricks to doing this, however, with a 12- month warranty on services you’ll likely be able to relax for a while.
In general, pests thrive in a warm moist home environment. There are some great resources and tips on termite.org for protection.
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Are You On The Fence?
Bottom line, don’t risk it. Called a professional. If you’re able to identify concealed infestations and know how to manage the eradication of them, then go for gold. But don’t be a victim of a poor quality service where you’ll just end up having to pay a professional anyway. Get the job done right the first time for the most effective Termite Treatment Townsville.