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10 Must Know Termite Facts

Jul 17, 2008
Termites are a problem in Australia, more so in Sydney. You may not know this, but there are termite-prone residential zones in Sydney, and if your house is located in such a zone, then you should be getting regular inspections. Also, if you are buying a new home in Sydney, then you have to run a check to ensure the previous owner has combated any termite problems; otherwise it will become your even bigger problem.

The long and short of it is you need to pest control your home in Sydney - irrespective of the fact whether you own a home or are paying rent. If you still do not think you need to take this precautionary action, here are 10 termite facts that you must know:

1. Termites are a major problem in Australia. If you have a home that is termite infested then the damage they can cause can be financially crippling. It is proven that there are millions of dollars in losses ever year in Australia due to termite damage.

2. An average 20% of homes in Australia received damage due to termites. There are an estimated 130,000 new termite attacks on an annual basis.

3. Flood, fire and storms are bad, however the loss realized from termite damage is 5 times that of the other three hazards combined.

4. The most notorious termite species present in Sydney are Coptotermes Acinaciformis (subterranean) and Kalotermes (dry wood termites). These termites are robust and known to attack both timber-framed as well as brick-and-steel-framed homes with equal gusto.

5. Termites develop a liking for building materials that are increasingly used in the construction of homes.

6. One averaged sized termite colony can chew up a room's floor in just 3 months - yes, termites have quite an irrepressible appetite.

7. Termites do not stop when they eat the wood leading inside. Once there they begin to eat other things such as shoes and clothing, your furniture and even the electrical wiring.

8. If you discover a colony of termites in your home, you should not try to destroy them on your own as the will only come back stronger than before. The reason is that they can burrow into the soil to live and then return because they know where their food source is in your home. You should make sure to let a professional take care of it for you.

9. Most people know that you can detect termites by tapping on wood with a screwdriver handle. However what most don't realize is that even doing that could cause the wood to crumble and give way. This will disturb the termites and will limit the options for treatments.

10. You should only use an expert who is experienced and specially trained as they are the only ones qualified to treat termite related issues.

Well, the fact is if you have a home or are planning to buy one in Sydney, you need to hire an experienced pest control agency that knows termites like the back of its hands. If you don't, you will compromise on your health and wealth by ignoring or avoiding the problem.
About the Author
About the author: Darren K. Thompson shows you how to select professional termite specialists. Visit the "PinkPestServices" website for more expert advice on hiring a termite control agency to save your home.
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