Protection against termites Geelong-widePosted on September 27, 2014
Up to one in four homes in Geelong can expect to be affected by termites at some point. These minute insects can cause substantial damage to your home which is expensive and time-consuming to treat.
There are a number of myths associated with termites and termite damage. These include:
Homes constructed with a steel frame cannot be damaged by termites
This is completely untrue. Every home will contain some timber including skirting boards and dry-wall (also referred to as paper-backed gyprock). Remember all your timber furniture too – timber furniture is also included in items that provide a reason for termites to make your home their next destination and provide a tasty treat for them.
Concrete slabs provide complete protection from termites and termite damage
Again, this is completely untrue. Despite the presence of a concrete slab, a termite population can still take hold in your home. Unless there is a protective treatment barrier laid down before the pouring of the concrete slab, termites are able to enter and establish a colony that is capable of causing serious devastation to your home. It is worth noting that any protective barrier laid prior to the concrete slab only provides partial protection against termites. There are other measures that must be taken to provide full protection.
Where your home has sustained termite damage, you are covered by your home insurance policy
Termite damage is considered to be “preventable” and as a result it is considered a maintenance issue and generally is not covered by home insurance.
The best way to prevent termites is to ensure your home is inspected for termites Geelong-wide. You will need to employ the services of a professional pest control company on a periodic basis, especially if you reside in an area where there is a history of termite damage. You can rely on the professionals at Geelong, Bellarine and Surfcoast Pest Control to carry out regular inspections and ensure that your home is in good condition and safe from any termite damage.