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Frequently Asked Questions

Some Facts about Termites:

  • Subterranean Termites are the major cause of damage to homes and buildings in Australia.
  • A termite's favourite food is cellulose, which is found in timber, manufactured timber by-products such as particle board, Gyprock and paper products.
  • Termites have also been known to attack carpets, some plastics and even electrical cabling.
  • A gap as small as 1mm allows Termites access.
  • Termites, commonly called white ants, are in fact more closely related to the cockroach family, and are as equally difficult to manage.
  • Termites forage and work 24 hours a day.
  • A large nest can contain several million termites and the queen has the ability to add thousands to the colony daily.
  • Termites require a high humidity environment and will establish themselves around moisture prone areas.
  • Termites, being fragile, move in cool dark places or through the hollow mud tubes they construct, providing protection from predators and the environment.

How do Termites get in?

Termites usually gain access from under the home.

Areas of Vulnerability

In normal slab on ground construction:

  1. Alongside plumbing or electrical pipe penetrations that penetrate the slab and go into the wall cavities
  2. Via the brick cavity around the structure perimeter
  3. Via Construction Joints (if present)

In infill slab construction:

  1. Up alongside plumbing or electrical pipe penetrations which penetrate the slab and into the wall cavities
  2. Via the brick cavity around the structure perimeter
  3. Via construction Joints (if present)
  4. Via step downs (if present)

In Bearer and Joist Construction:

  1. Up the perimeter brickwork, either up through the bricks or along the internal surface
  2. Up, or through, engaged or isolated piers

The first two types of construction are especially vulnerable due to the concealed nature of attack. The difficulty is recognizing the signs. By the time that activity is detected, a substantial amount of damage has probably already occurred. The damage can be quite extensive and may not be limited to the structure but may also include the fixtures, fittings and floor coverings. The cost to repair Termite damage-often in the tens of thousands - is not covered by insurance.

TERM-seal Termite Management Systems are designed to protect structures from concealed subterranean Termite attack. As with any Termite barrier, Termites can bridge the barrier externally. Therefore, TERM-seal (Aust) P/L strongly recommends annual Termite inspections.

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