As a homeowner, you want to do everything you can to protect your investment. Unfortunately if you don’t take the right actions to protect your home, you will become on of the unfortunate statistics of Australian homes with termite damage.

2 out of 3 Australian homes will suffer a termite infestation at some time so if it hasn’t happened yet, you need to make sure you take the right precautions…

We’ve compiled seven myths about protecting your home from termites that simply aren’t true so make sure you don’t fall for any of these myths or assumptions…

 

#1 When forests and trees are cleared, termites are also removed…

 

Unfortunately just because trees and wood have been cleared away doesn’t mean there will no longer be termites. Subterranean termites nest in tree stumps and when they lose food in the form of trees to developers, they tend to search for new food in the form of newly built houses…

 

#2 A brick or concrete house is safe from termites…

 


Unfortunately it’s incredibly rare for a house constructed of brick or concrete to not contain wood in the form of frames and support struts. It doesn’t matter if there is no contact between the ground and any

termites eat wood concrete joins

termites eat wood concrete joins

wooden parts of a home as termites can construct tunnels through bricks and cracks in concrete to find support frames, which brings us to our next myth…

 

#3 Termites can chew through concrete…

 

We hear this one often as owners of concrete homes are always surprised to find they have termites eating their furniture and joinery. The fact is termites are able to pass through the tiniest of cracks in a concrete wall and as a colony of hundreds of thousands of termites pour in through these cracks they tend to get larger due to stress.

 

#4 My house is built from hardwood so termites wont eat it…

 

The first time we heard this myth was a serious facepalm moment…

Termites do love to eat nice soft or moisture damaged wood but in Australia and especially around Dubbo, the termites natural food source is the gum tree which is a hardwood. While there are a lot of hardwoods with a natural resistance to termites, they’re not immune.

Not by a longshot.

 

#5 My neighbors had termites and after a treatment they fled to my house. You gave me termites!

 

Unfortunately termite colonies can be huge. It’s not uncommon for several houses to share the same colony. Chances are you already had termites but since your neighbours treatment you now have even more which is why you’re now noticing them.

 

# 6 Natural homemade termite remedies will protect my home…

 

Sure it’s a great idea to add natural termite deterrents to your home. We wrote an article on plants you can have in your garden that help deter termites which you can read here. Fact is however no amount of natural mixtures sprayed around your property is going to keep termites away for long. You need to address the problem at the source being the colony and the queen. Natural remedies just don’t do this…

 

#7 DIY termite treatments work just as well as professional ones…

 

Here comes another facepalm!

Homeowners love to get involved with their properties. It’s completely understandable. But if your not a builder, would you build your own extensions?

Probably not.

And if you did it certainly wouldn’t be as good as if it was done by a certified carpenter.

The same goes for pest control.

Qualified pest controllers have the best equipment and an eye for detail. They know ther quarry better than anyone and really are the only ones who should be messing around with poisons around your home. Especially when there are kids and pets at the property.

Well there you have it.

We hope next time you hear one of these myths you think twice about it…

If you have another myth you have heard, please let us know in the comments as we would love to hear it.