Termites Make A Meal Of Homes In Outer Brisbane Suburbs
With Brisbane witnessing a significant population growth in the last few years, there is a need for more houses , especially in the suburbs.
Yet, termites remain a problem even today for most house owners. And it just seems to be getting worse.
I recently sat down for a coffee with Michael Higgins from Pro Termites to discuss his thoughts on the increase in termite activity.
Disturbing the colonies of termites is just one of the reasons for this fast-spreading menace. Couple that with the hot and humid weather conditions and rain – and you’ve termites growing rapidly.
There are seven species of termites all over Queensland and the most destructive one is known as coptotermes acinaciformis which accounts for 70% of the damages that are happening. They enter the houses through the surrounding gum trees and start nesting under the walls and soon enough eat the house away.
This area faces a greater threat.
On average, it’s worth $10,000 of the damages in houses. However, Brisbane and the surrounding suburbs face a greater threat because of the following:
- The climate favours the growth and spread of termites.
- The giant termite, that is also known as mastrotermes darwiniensis, is found here which can tear its way through rubber tires and bitumen.
- Once these monstrous termites enter your house, the chemical methods will not be able to stop them.
- The changing weather conditions are making it more favourable for the termites to spread and so no surrounding suburb is safe from them anymore.
How to avoid severe damages?
The homeowners need to look for signs that reveal termite infestation such as thin mud tubes, approximately the thickness of a pencil, that run all over concrete or move from the soil to the wood.
Have your house inspected for such infestations annually or even once in six months.
Do not keep timber stacked up around or against your home. It is an open innovation to these termites.
Those who own a brick house should not have a garden built around the walls and drain holes should be kept covered.
Using stump caps will not stop them but will make it easier to detect them.
Check for hollow sounding timber in the house and sections that have moisture trapped beneath them as termites love humid conditions.
If you detect small lumps of wood powder, sagging and crumbling doors and walls and tiny holes in wood, it might be time to call for the experts.
Don’t keep a log in the garden hoping that it will keep the termites away. While they will start nesting there, they will not stop looking for new places.
With the termite problem becoming prevalent, the government is being urged to declare termite prone areas in addition to the flood and bushfire prone ones. The very high-risk areas exist in the southern and northern parts of Queensland which also extends to Brisbane.
If you have a house out here, keep an eye out for the termites who would be more than happy to be the unwelcome intruders.