Termite Damage in Australia

Why Termite-Proof Cladding makes perfect sense

According to a recent report by the Australian Institute of Architects, the annual damage bill created by termite infestation is truly shocking. Six years ago, the AIA estimated the cost at around $1 billion. Now, the figure has risen to $1.5 billion. Furthermore, couple this with the loss of resale value – if termites are discovered during a pre-purchase inspection, buyers will often walk away or offer thousands less. So, is it possible to be completely termite proof? Well, the risk can be reduced by using termite barriers and booking regular inspections. Ultimately, the most effective strategy is to use termite proof building materials such as metal, bricks, and vinyl cladding.

Termites Are Everywhere

The subterranean termites (white ants) are the most damaging. They live and nest in the soil and come up through the ground to get into our buildings. Specifically, it’s a couple of species of Coptotermes (Coptos), a couple of species of Schedorhinotermes (Schedos) and Mastotermes (Mastos) that cause 99% of the damage in Australia. Mastos are found only in the north, but Coptos and Schedos are found everywhere. In fact, the CSIRO rate almost the whole of Australia as High to Very High risk. Astonishingly, there is an 80% chance that your home is within 25m of an active colony. In short, this makes being termite-proof very difficult.

The Early Signs of Termites

Termites like warm, dark and damp areas. Consequently, this can make identifying an infestation difficult. However, besides getting regular inspections, there are a few early warning signs that you should look out for.
Termite tubes – these are little tubes that termites make to travel through.
Holes in trees – Check nearby trees for holes and termite dirt
Tapping noises – Listen out for a subtle tap-tapping within your walls; this could be termites in action.
Waste piles – Termite waste (called frass) looks like small, dark, dead ant bits. Look out for piles near tube entrances or cracks.
Weak floors – Look out for indentations or holes in the surface of your floors. They usually start underneath.

If you’d like to chat about a truly termite-proof vinyl cladding for your home, contact our friendly team at Bestclad today!

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Termite Damage in Australia