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Termite Inspections, Treatment and Control. 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 termites can eat away up to 20% of the value of their home.

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Alarming Numbers – Do You Need Termite Inspection?

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. Termites 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.

Termite Control – Like A Horror Movie Without Treatment

In short, when it comes to your precious investment – your home – the tiny termite is like a character from a horror movie.

They live for up to 20 years, they can live in colonies of several millions, 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.

Termite Treatment Gold Coast Is Also A High Risk All Over Australia – Get An Inspection Now

If you are feeling relaxed about the termite menace, you probably shouldn’t be. Many people believe termite 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 Gold Coast termite specialist like Gold Coast Pest Control is kept busy because, along with most of Queensland, it is in the termite 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 termites for economic impact.

Be proactive to prevent infestations

Feel relaxed because you have a new, brick house with a concrete foundation? 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 termite horror story doesn’t overtake our lives and literally eat into our precious investments.

5 Steps To Reduce Termite Infestation Risk

1. Be vigilant when buying your Gold Coast home

When buying a new home, make the contract subject to a pest inspection. And even if termites are found or the property is lacking in termite protection, Gold Coast termite control experts can do treatments and install barriers that can significantly reduce the risk of an infestation.

2. Get annual termite inspections done

Only an experienced and skilled Gold Coast termite specialist Pest will know what to look for when it comes to this almost invisible pest. They will look for the merest signs of termites and termite damage, add, strengthen or renew existing termite 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 termites and termite damage. This can be rippling paint on the walls and window frames, and mud signs such as spotting and tunnels.

4. Be proactive to prevent treatment

* Here’s a basic guide to do-it-yourself termite prevention. For more of Rentokil’s alarming statistics, check out the YouTube video below.

5. Call Now For Termite Treatment Gold Coast

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 termite 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 termites 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 termite colonies.