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What Attracts Termites?

How to avoid termites in your home

Termites in wall cavity

Many people ask us “what attracts termites to a home?”

There are several things that termites prefer or need in order to thrive in a house. The more of these things you have, the more likely termites are going to move in and make a meal of your home.

Things like warm, damp areas to live and plenty of foods such as untreated wood, wood products, cardboard and paper all appeal to these destructive pests.

The biggest factors are the condition of your property and your location. Queensland is actually a pretty favourable place for termites, especially wet, warm locations like the Sunshine Coast. They love the warm weather, summer rains, and all the old wooden Queenslander homes.

If you’re ever worried about pest infestations, Wildman performs termite and pest inspections throughout the Sunshine Coast. Your report will detail any findings such as potential risks, conditions that may attract termites, as well as things you can do to prevent infestations.

Below are some of the things that attract termites and what you can do to protect against them.

The termite welcome mat

Termites activity under tree stump

There are some things outside your home that can make it look like you have a welcome mat out for termites. Having wood, plants or garden beds up against your house make it easier for termites to get in from the ground.

They prefer to avoid light and dry places so if they can move underground and through piles of wood or garden mulch to get into your home it will just be too easy for them.

Avoid leaving rubbish, tools and the like piled up against your house. This also includes that big pile of leftover wood so many of us have piled up under the house.

With your gardens, try to keep a six-inch buffer from the walls or foundations and avoid wetting the house when you water the garden.

Termite habitat

Termite damaged property

Termites are attracted to warm, dark, moist areas where they can eat, live and start a nest. Any damp areas within your home are likely to attract termites, particularly places where there’s plenty of wood.

Inside the walls amongst the wooden beams of your house is a popular spot, as well as beneath wooden floorboards, particularly near bathrooms, the laundry, or places with leaky pipes.

Make sure all pipes, guttering, downspouts, taps and air conditioning units are in good repair and not leaking water.

If you live in an area where there is poor drainage, particularly during the Queensland summer storms, look into having drains or tiles installed to prevent water pooling or resting against the foundations of your home.

Termite food

It’s not just wood that termites like to eat, it’s anything made of cellulose. This means wood, wood products, paper and cardboard. Old Queenslander homes that haven’t been looked after can draw termites like a McDonalds after a footy game.

If you are building a home use pressure treated lumber or naturally resistant woods like redwood, or you can avoid wood altogether with plenty of alternative construction materials on the market. If you are already living in a predominantly wooden home there are chemical treatments available that create a barrier against termite infestations.

Find out more about termite types and where they are typically found, or view our termite gallery for examples of termite damage.

Do you have termites?

If you think you may have a termite infestation in your home it is better to act as quickly as possible. Contact Wildman Building & Pest Inspections for a thorough Termite Inspection of your home. Our experienced Sunshine Coast building inspectors use the latest tools recognised by Australian Standards, including moisture metres, an acoustic tapper and thermal imaging camera.

Get the peace of mind on where you stand in your home with a full report on findings, management plans, and areas of your house that may be susceptible to termites and other infestations. 

Book an inspection today!