There are many species of termites in Australia, but only a relative few are a danger to your home. Townsville, is home to every dangerous species of termites found in Australia. If left unchecked can literally eat up the equity in your home.
TERMITES IN TOWNSVILLE
The word ‘Termite’ is the scariest word there is for a home owner or investor. Termites can literally eat the equity in your home. An average of $10,000 damage and 20% of the perceived value of your home wiped out when termites attack. Termite awareness is as important as protecting yourself from natural disasters. Unfortunately, complacency is more of an enemy than Termites!
WHAT ARE THE ODDS?
One in three (33%) homes in Townsville have had invasion by termites. This can occur in the house structure itself or in the grounds. Nationally, termites cause $1 Billion of damage every year. This is more than the cost of all natural disasters combined. We spend a lot of money on making their homes strong in the event of a cyclones because it is a tangible threat. Usually with a cyclone or storm there is warning and a lot of education. Termites are insidious, destructive. Unlike storms, bushfires or cyclone damage, you get little warning. The cost are generally NOT covered by your building insurance.
LET’S DO THE MATHS
- Risk of attack to your home: 1 in 3 or 33%.
- Number of homes attacked since 2000: 650,000.
- Average cost of repairs to a home after termite attack: $10,000*.
- Perceived loss of value of a home attacked by termites: 20% (-$60,000**).
- Percentage of buyers who would be ‘scared off’ if termites found: 75%.
- Cost of treatment & ongoing protection as a % of value of home: 0.0015%.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
It’s not all doom and gloom. If you are pro-active and listen to the advice of experts your home will be ok. Follow these links to find out more.I need assistance now with termites
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Termite Protection Steps
Carry out inspection
The first step in termite control is to carry out an inspection. It is recommended that a full timber pest inspection is carried out with at a minimum interval of 12 months. In some areas of high risk without adequate termite protection, the frequency could be three or six months.
All Tactic Pest Control Termite Inspections are permormed to the Australian Standard and take between 1.5 – 2 hours (depending on home size and accessible areas).
Only a licenced and qualified termite inspector should carry out an inspection. All accessible areas need to be inspected including roof voids and subfloors, we also inspect the external of the property including fencelines and trees. The thoroughness of the process can mean the difference between locating termite activity and missing potential risks.
The inspection will result in a report provided to the client which outlines current and future risk along with recommendations.
Follow the recommendations
Following the recommendations in the report is paramount to reducing your risk of termite ingress into your home.
The report provided will cover a range of recommendations including future inspection frequency, any remediation works that need to be carried out and any protection or treatments.
It is important to understand that an inspection will report on the situation today and provide risk and guidance. Due to the very nature of termites, where no signs of termite activity is present today, this could change tomorrow.
Protect your home
For the ultimate peace of mind, usually a home without termite protection will have a recommendation to install a termite protection system.
Tactic Pest Control Termite Protection System provides home owners with choices of longevity from five to eight (1-8) years.
A Termite Protection System is only as good as the installer, with a home valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars this is not a time to shop around for the cheapest price. Tactic Pest Control quote every Termite Protection System to a standard, not a price. To cut costs means that as a business we would need to cut corners which puts your home at risk.