Termite Protection

Article author: Bruce Gow

Do You Have a Termite Protection Strategy?

I’ve come across quite a few people who’ve suffered severe damages, both financial and damage to their properties, due to having poor termite protection strategies. “Prevention is much better than a cure when you’re dealing with termites,” – Bruce Gow
How seriously do you take termite protection? Many Australian home owners neglect regular termite inspections but these inspections are vital if you want to protect your home against a termite infestation. In the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, it’s understandable that many homeowners are reducing costs wherever they can however termite protection is one area that can be very costly if neglected, particularly as home insurance does not cover termite damage.

Subterranean termites – the most likely species to damage an Australian home – have the capacity to cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home in a short period of time. The chances are that your home is your most valuable asset so having a termite protection strategy for your home is a must.

Termite protection may be as simple as having annual termite inspections however, if you live in a region where termite damage is common, you may need to have your inspections twice a year, or take your termite protection a step further.

How can you take termite protection further?

There is now an excellent range of effective termite protection methods available. Old fashioned termite barriers attempted termite protection by repelling termites, but because termites could detect the chemical, they could also seek gaps in the barrier, so the termite protection wasn’t complete. The other problem was that these products did little to exterminate the termite colony.

Modern chemical barrier products like Termidor offer a more advanced means of termite protection. Rather than seeking to repel, they’re undetectable so the termites cross the barrier and in doing so, pick up toxins. These toxins are then carried back to the colony and passed around during the termite grooming process, so they have the capacity to kill off the colony and provide longer term termite protection.

There are other means of termite protection including baiting and dusting however, a good chemical barrier may offer years of termite protection. Termite experts generally offer a lengthy guarantee with a modern chemical barrier termite protection treatment.

Of course, even if you do decide on a termite protection method like the Termidor chemical barrier, it’s still important to maintain regular inspections. That’s firstly because of a small risk that termites will find another route into your home; and secondly, because your termite protection guarantee is likely to be conditional on regular inspections.

Do you have a termite protection strategy in place? If you don’t, it’s time to speak to your local termite expert about termite protection methods and start protecting your home and your bank account from termite attack!