Myth 1 – NORMAL HOME AND CONTENTS INSURANCE WILL COVER TERMITE DAMAGE
Normal house and contents insurance does not cover termite damage.
Termites have done more damage to Australian homes over the past twenty years than fires, floods and storms combined. The insurance companies know this and exclude it from their policies.
To ensure that you don’t end up with a nasty damage repair bill and a dispute with your insurance company, your house should be regularly inspected for termites at least once a year.
If any termite activity is found in your property/home you should install an accredited termite management program by a licensed timber pest company which will guarantee their work with an effective termite insurance policy.
Myth 2 – TERMITES CAN’T EAT HARDWOOD
The majority of termites in Australia are hardwood eaters. Some termites eat both softwood and hardwood.
The most common type of termite in the Gold Coast and Brisbane areas is the nasutitermes genus of termite. These termites prefer to eat hardwood. They even move along sections of softwood beams to get to the hardwood. Coptotermes and schedorhinotermes in the region, also eat hardwood.
People who do not get a building and pest inspection of their house because it is steel framed could be making a fatal mistake, particularly in Brisbane and the Gold Coast regions
Myth 3 – STEEL FRAMED HOUSES DO NOT GET TERMITES
This is a common myth. Termites dont eat steel however they eat all other timber based products within the home such as:
- window reveals
- floor boards
- the cardboard backing of gyprock
Our inspectors have seen substantial termite activity/damage in steel framed homes.
Myth 4 – BLACK ANTS IN YOUR GARDEN PREVENT TERMITES
Another common myth is if you have black ants around your property, you won’t have termites because the black ants eat them.
Black ants do eat termites but only if they are exposed and above the ground and out of their shelter tubes.
Termites are rarely sitting exposed above ground. They do not survive in an open environment.
Don’t let the presence of black ants on your property give you a false sense of security.
Myth 5 – YOU CAN IGNORE TERMITES IN A TREE STUMP
Old tree stumps, railway sleepers, old timbers and garden bark etc laying around your property can have termite activity.
The myth is that while they are eating these timbers they will not touch your home.
It’s important to remember there could be between 2,000 and 5,000 new eggs laid every single day.
Termites are constantly traveling underground looking for new sources of food. A termite colony requires access to multiple sources of food. If they’re on your property, they’re definitely going to be searching for new food sources like your house
A termite management program should be installed around the building foot print if any termite activity/damage is found within the bounds of your property or home.