Is the Sunshine Coast prone to Termites?
Household pests are a nightmare for many households in Australia. They are one of the most common causes of building defects. More particular among these pests are the termites. Termites live in moist areas with warm temperature and feed on materials made of cellulose like woods, dead plants and papers. There are hundreds of species of termite, but the two types that are mostly found in houses are Dampwood termites and Drywood termites.
Dampwood termites VS Drywood termites
Dampwood termites are commonly found in damp and dark areas of a house such as inside the wooden beams and walls, the ceiling or under the floorboards. Drywood termites, on the other hand, live in any type of wood that is in contact with the ground. These termites feed on these wooden parts of the house and can create serious damage to the property. Find out more about the types of termites.
If you are looking for a house to buy or to lease, you should avoid searching in places with high risk of termite incidence just like in Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The urban area is a very conducive place for termites to nest. It has a subtropical climate, which is usual in the south of Queensland. In addition, precipitation is generally high throughout the year that creates moisture in wooden houses, trees, dead logs and even in the ground near houses. Termites love these places. In fact, in the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Termite Hazard Map, the Sunshine Coast is in the area with very high risk of termite incidence.
However, this doesn’t mean you should avoid the Sunshine Coast altogether! Pest infestation can be easily managed if you are pro-active. So before committing to buy a property or if you suspect an infestation in your current property, take the appropriate steps early on. We at Wildman Building and Pest Inspections conduct comprehensive timber pest inspections for your prospected property and provide easy-to-understand reports.
Call us on 07 5445 3111 to make sure that your new property is pest-free.