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Termite Facts You Need To Be Aware Of If You Own or Rent

Jul 19, 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 fact of the matter is if you live in the Sydney area, you must be aware of the potential problems associated with termites, no matter whether you rent or own your home. Some people think they can save money by avoiding inspections. Well here are 10 facts that may just let you know what you are up against.

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. The estimate for new termite damage is about 130,000 homes each year. There are about 20% of homes damaged by termites in Australia.

3. Losses due to termite damage are 5 times the losses suffered as a consequence of fire, flood and storms - on a combined basis.

4. The termites that are the most well known in the Sydney area are the Kalotermes, which are dry wood termites and the Coptotermes Acinaciformis, which are subterranean termites. These termites are very hearty and have been known to damage wood-framed homes as well as brick and steel with the same energy.

5. Termites are adaptable and they develop a taste for the materials that are commonly used in the construction of houses.

6. A single termite colony of average size can eat up the floor or a room in only three months; their appetites are quite insatiable.

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. You may know that you can detect termites yourself by tapping on wood with a screwdriver handle. But you sure don't know that even a mere tapping by a screwdriver handle on infested wood can break the wood. This also disturbs the termites, thus limiting your treatment options.

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 choose experienced termite specialists. Go to the "PinkPestServices" website for more expert advice on the importance of atermite control agency to protect your home.
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