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So you think you may have found termites in your home, well you’re not alone. . Termites cause billions of dollars of structural damage every year and this is a big reason why your home and contents insurance does not cover termite damage. Termites that cause damage to houses, other buildings, furniture or other timber-in-service are either subterranean termites or drywood termites.

Subterranean termites

  • Usually live in the ground and need contact with the soil or some constant source of moisture.
  • Move above-ground in enclosed mud galleries to infest houses and other buildings.

Drywood termites

  • Do not require contact with the ground or soil moisture.
  • Are capable of infesting a single piece of timber.
  • Only require the moisture present in the timber, as the name ‘drywood’ suggests.
  • Can infest a building through flight or the introduction of infested timber or furniture.
  • Colonies are rather small (a few hundred individuals) when compared to subterranean termites.

Termites -They’re those pesky little blokes that munch away at you home until it become a brittle and hazardous heap. But how can you tell if they have taken up residence in your house? What should you as a home owner be looking for, in order to detect the possible presence of Termites? Many people discover termite damage when completing renovations in the home, whether it is pulling up floor boards, removing skirting, wall lines, or repairing external timber elements. The confirmation and eradication of Termites requires a trained professional and If you suspect you have termites and want to know for sure contact us, or ring our Melbourne based team on 9555 5922 or email

If you are buying a home or investment property, we can provide the pest inspection and we recommend Jim’s Building Inspections for a Building Inspection report.

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