Subterranean termites are by the far the most destructive timber pests in Australia and pose a real threat to both existing and new homes and buildings.
Termite surveys find that 1 in 3 homes in Australia will be affected by termites at some stage which is more prevalent than damage caused by fire, storm and flood combined.
All too often the presence of these silent invaders goes undetected until the damage is done, and though the problem is so severe, many building owners will come to find termite damage is not covered by most home insurance policies.
It is for that reason that the Building Code and Australian Standard for Termite Protection now require for all new homes being built to be protected against the concealled entry of subterranean termites from the ground into the building.
The Standard does advise that even a correctly installed and complete termite barrier system cannot completely guarantee prevention of termite attack as termites can potentially breach or bridge over the barrier. But evidence of termites bridging or breaching a barrier can be easily detected during regular termite inspections.
Therefore the Australian Standard for Termite Protection (AS3660) recommends that regular competent inspections be carried out at least once a year or more frequently in areas of higher termite risk or known activity.
An annual Termite Inspection by a licensed professional is the safest way to detect, treat and prevent Termite activity in new or existing homes!