The chances of your home being attacked by termites
Your risk based on geography
If you live in Tasmania, you’re probably not reading this and there’s no need to. For the rest of us, the only part of the mainland that is rated by the CSIRO as Low to Very Low is the narrow strip along the Great Ocean Road west of Melbourne. Which means the rest of us are in Moderate to High to Very
A few years ago, a CSIRO survey reported 32% of homes had a termite presence. This was confirmed by the Institute of Australian Architects whose survey
Here’s another significant statistic: less than 20% of homes are inspected or serviced by the professional pest control industry. That means more than 80% of us are blithely believing: “it won’t happen to me”.
Your risk based on the type of construction
Inner-city tenement style houses have common walls, often common roofs and usually a suspended wooden floor, often very low to the ground. You’d think that with all the bitumen, concrete and pavers covering the ground in these crowded suburbs there would be no place for the flying
Homesteads/ Queenslanders may have plenty of space underneath their suspended wooden floors and the piers/stumps with
Rural homes are constructed of all styles but property owners have added threats: they have more sheds, cattle or sheep pens and ramps, wooden bridges and timber that ‘will come in handy one day’etc.
Suburban suspended floor houses are the type which
Concrete slab on ground houses began in the early 1960s. They were cheaper to build and builders paid for physical and chemical termite barriers which lulled many homeowners into a false sense of termite invincibility. As only about 20% of homeowners get their homes inspected, 80% of homes are just sitting there waiting for termites to attack, usually from out of the garden, maybe straight in through a weep hole just above the
The damage bill
The Archicentre website once featured a report that said the annual damage bill to homes was about $1billion. The average cost of professional treatment was around $3000 and the cost of repairs was around $5000…Total $8000. One
Apart from the treatment and repairs, there is also the loss of resale value to be considered. If the prospective buyer receives a report of termite presence or even previous damage, they could easily lose all interest in proceeding —or offer you maybe $50,000 less. Then, on top of all this, how do you put a price on the inconvenience and the heartache?