Termite Myths

TERMITE DAMAGE 1

MY HOME INSURANCE WILL COVER TERMITE DAMAGE

"False"

Your home insurance will NOT cover you against termite damage-period. Australians spend BILLIONS of dollars on termite repairs every year, and none of it is covered by home insurance. Be aware! Termites are your responsibility.

HARDWOOD 1

TERMITES DON’T EAT HARDWOOD

“False”

Many baiting systems use hardwood baits to lure in foraging termites.

DIESEL OR PETROL

DIESEL OR PETROL WILL SOLVE MY TERMITE PROBLEM

“False”

Pouring diesel or petrol onto termites will only succeed in killing the contacted termites, whilst the remainder of the colony retreats from the area, making treatment almost impossible until the colony can be located in another location.

TREATED TIMBER  1

TERMITES WON’T EAT TREATED TIMBER

“False”

Termites will consume treated timber under certain circumstances. Some timbers may not be fully treated right through its thickness, leaving the centre susceptible to termite infestation. Moisture is a significant problem in some treated timbers.

TERMITE INSPECTIONS 1

WE DON’T NEED TERMITE INSPECTIONS – WE HAVE A BARRIER

“False”

Whether you live in a new house with a physical Barrier, or an existing house, or an existing house with a chemical Barrier, your quarterly, bi-annual or annual are a must to maintain any warranty. If you fail to have your recommended inspections, your warranty is likely to be invalid, and any termite damage will be your responsibility.

BLACK ANTS 1

TERMITES WON’T EXIST WHEN BLACK ANTS ARE AROUND

“False”

Some black ants will eat termites, however, termites build mud tubes to conceal their presence from predators and sunlight. Termites can co-exist without their presence being noticed by their enemies.

MOISTURE 1

TERMITES ARE ATTRACTED TO MOISTURE

“True”
Termites are attracted to moisture which creates a higher risk of termite infestation in damp areas.

Termite 1

TERMITES ARE UNABLE TO SUSTAIN EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT

“True”

This is true in most castes of termites. Termites will generally travel in ‘mud tubes’ to protect themselves from sunlight and predators. The term ‘White Ant’ has been used to describe termites as they lack the protective pigment which limits their ability to cope with exposure to sunlight.

TERMITES ONLY LIVE IN TREES 1

TERMITES ONLY LIVE IN TREES

“False”

Some species of termites live predominantly in trees, and are known as ‘arboreal’ termites. These nests are visible as a dark ‘lump’ or ‘growth’ on the branch of a tree, and can be found in parkland as well as suburbia. Many other species of termites build their nests in tree stumps or under patios, and can travel over a hundred metres in search of a suitable food source to feed the colony. These are known as ‘subterranean’ termites, and are generally the most harmful to man made structures. They are difficult to detect, and are not often located until extensive damage has been done.