With the summer pest season well under way, we have seen a dramatic increase in calls from homeowners in the Gold Coast area that have discovered active termites at their properties. From Coolangatta to Coomera, these destructive pests have been establishing themselves in homes and around properties as they search for food – timber in and around your home.
Our technicians have been carrying out preventative termite treatments in Robina, Carrara, Nerang, Tugun and Oxenford. Now is definitely the time to be aware of these nasty pests and take action early to prevent costly damage to your property.
Why are Termites so active in the summer months?
The recent hot and humid days are ideal for termites and it is the time when they are on the move the most. Wet weather periods also drive termites out to re-establish their colony and can be seen as swarms of winged flying insects.
Termite damage and home insurance – the facts.
Many homeowners are unaware that termite damage is typically not covered under home insurance and the repair bills are often in the tens of thousands.
‘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 by insurers as a preventable event and the responsibility of the homeowner.
How to reduce the chance of a termite attack at your home
Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to termites. The Australian Standard, (AS3660), suggests that a termite inspection should be carried out annually to monitor and take action against termites before they damage your property.
A termite inspection will note areas of potential risk to your property as well as explain what precautions you can take to minimise the chance of termites coming into your home.
If termites are detected at your property, there are a range of eradication and prevention options that can implemented. This can include treating active termites in the home, installing a chemical barrier and bait and monitoring systems.
How do I know if I have a termite problem?
Look for signs of termites which may include:
- Mudding – mud trail on fences, walls, property footings.
- Swollen floors and ceilings.
- Walls that appear to be suffering water damage.
- Hollow sounding timbers such as window frames and skirting.
If you find evidence of termites, DO NOT try and treat it yourself, contact a qualified pest controller immediately.
By following these simple DIY tips, you can reduce the chance of termites damaging your property:
- Garden beds – don’t let vines and weeds over grow.
- Timber storage – don’t store timber pieces or objects beside the house.
- Bricks and pavers – don’t stack bricks, pavers or concrete blocks beside the house.
- Dispose of garden waste and building materials at your local council’s public waste and recycling centre, (check waste type accepted).
- An annual termite inspection by a qualified pest control technician will ensure that the risk to your home is managed and controlled.
If you believe or suspect that you have a termite pest problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Gold Coast for further advice.