Australia has the most destructive termites in the world. More than one in every five homes has had termite damage. The annual damage bill, to homes in Australia from termites, is estimated at more than $100 million.
There are at least 10 different species of termites that can cause damage to your home. Several species can attack your house at the same time.
What do you know about termites in Australia?
Chances are - very little. In fact, you may not even know you have termites in your home, until it is too late. Our most important termite species live in underground nests containing up to two million wood eating termites. That's a lot of hungry mouths that travel 100 metres, or more, in search of food. And your home provides them with a smorgasbord to feast upon. The trouble is, as the termites travel underground, and enter your home by concealed mud tunnels, you may have no idea they're ready to devour your place.
Termites get right inside the timber to feed. So they may be feasting away, hidden in your walls, or hollowing out the support timbers in your roof, without you knowing. They could also be dining on the timbers in your subfloor.
And please don't think that just because your home is built on a concrete slab you're safe from attacking termites. Termites build shelter tubes over the edge of slabs, or enter through shrinkage cracks and around pipes. When they're hungry, and that's all the time, nothing will stop a termite grabbing a quick lunch.
Learn how to protect your home from termites.