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About Termites 

 
There are many different species of termites however the most common species in Victoria is Coptotermes, this species is responsible for more then 80% of the termite damage caused to buildings. Coptotermes build nests in trees, favouring eucalypts, stumps, under concrete flooring, in wall cavities, or enclosed verandas. These termites usually travel at least 50m from the colony in search of food via a series of underground tunnels.

Termite nests and tunnels are kept moist as the worker termites cannot stand low humidity for very long, therefore an ideal nest site has access to water as well as wood and soil. Therefore termites tend to damage areas of the home that have exposure to water such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundries, however this is not always the case sometimes the first signs of damage are limited to architraves and door frames. Regardless of which areas of your home are damaged repair costs do tend to add up, even if you do the repairs yourself as an owner/builder. We have heard of circumstances where clients have had a $15,000 bill to replace their bathroom after termite damage.

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Reducing the Risk of Termites 

Gippsland Pest Management recommends getting your property treated for termites every seven years as well as conducting annual termite inspections however there are some steps home owners can take to reduce the risk of termites entering their home.

These include:

  • Ensuring soil is not in contact with susceptible building timbers or impinging upon inspection zones.

  • Ensuring subfloors are well ventilated and remain dry.

  • Using only resistant timbers below floor level, this means timbers that have been chemically treated such as treated pine.

  • Avoiding storage of wood directly on soil, under, around or in contact with buildings, for many gardeners this is difficult but using naturally resistant timber such as red gum and white cypress pine to form your garden edges instead of railway sleepers is a good compromise. Otherwise Gippsland Pest Management can come out and treat your railway sleepers for termites instead.

  • Improving drainage and fixing leaky plumbing in order to reduce available soil moisture. 

 

 

 

         

 

 

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