Common Termite Myths and Misconceptions
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When it comes to termites, many Australian homeowners are misinformed. It is important to know fact from fiction in order to ensure that you are taking the correct precautionary measures to avoid a termite infestation. Here are some common termite myths and misconceptions.
1. Black ants prevent termites.
Some homeowners believe that black ants present in the garden means that termites will not be present within the home. This, however, is completely incorrect. It is correct that black ants eat and attack termites however, it is rare that termites are above ground and exposed to black ants. This is because termites travel by burrowing. As they travel they secrete a wet thick mud-like substance that prevents predators and the weather harming them as they move. These trails make it near impossible for ants to catch the termites. Even if there is a large visible termite nest, the mud trails leading in and out of the nest prevents ants from reaching the termites.
2. Termite Damage is Covered by Home Insurance.
Many homeowners are under the impression that their home insurance protects them against the damage caused by termites, after all, it protects against most other damages. However, this is often not the case. In fact, most home insurance policies do not cover the home for termite damage. This is astonishing considering that $1.5 billion of damages are caused to Australian homes by termites each year. To prevent a hefty insurance bill and to avoid damage to your home, regular inspections by a professional pest controller and termite management specialist is advised.
3. Steel Framed Houses Do Not Get Termites
While it is true that the frames of steel framed houses are safe from termites, this does not mean that the rest of the home is not at risk. There are many other parts of these homes that are made of timber including floorboards, cabinets and window frames. Termites may not be able to eat the frames of a steel framed house but they will still certainly feast on timber features of the house and use the steel frames as a bridge to get to the timber features. Therefore there is less of a structural risk of termite damage with a steel framed home but the overall risk of termites is by no means eliminated. If your house is steel framed a termite inspection is still a great idea and recommended.