I have inspected thousands of homes and eight out of ten times, I find subterranean termites coming inside homes through the sub-floor. Rarely do they start their colony in the roof or inside the wall. In those instances that I found them in the wall or the roof void generally bathroom leakage or a hole in the roof top was the reason why termites could start their colony. In warmer months of the year when termites start to colonise new territories, beware of the flying reproductive. If they land on a leaking roof, they have a good jump start for starting a new colony.
To tackle subfloor termites you need:
* A professional inspection to identify the source of infestation
* To treat active termites who’ll in turn infect the colony with poison during grooming. Spray with care avoiding hazards such as electrical boxes and wiring.
* To plan some trenching covering foundations walls and pillars in subfloor
* Repeat professional inspection.
Remember installing a termite barrier can be expensive but you will save a lot of money in long term. I have been installing termite barriers including subfloor termite barriers for years and unfortunately most of my clients decided to install the barrier after they discovered termites. By this time, they not only have to pay for the termite barrier, but also for the termite damage repair.
When it comes to termites it’s better to be proactive rather than reactive. If you can’t afford to install a subfloor termite barrier, at least have a regular inspection. Australian standards recommends a minimum of one inspection every twelve months. You can book us for a complete termite inspection on 029454774 if you live in Sydney.