Every year, termites cause more damage to Australian homes than fires, floods and storms combined.
In Queensland, virtually every area is at risk of termite invasions. If you discover termites, you can work with the Department of Housing to fix the problem quickly and save our property from these destructive pests.
You can help protect your rental property from termite damage by taking a few simple precautions and immediately reporting any sign of termite activity to the Department of Housing.
What are termites?
Subterranean termites, or white ants, are a highly destructive timber pest which can cause major structural damage to all buildings. Termites are not really white, and are more closely related to cockroaches than ants.
Where do they live?
Termites live throughout Queensland, with a high incidence of attack in virtually all urban areas. Most termite nests are located underground because termites prefer moist dark areas.
What do they do?
Termites attack and eat virtually all cellulose-containing material, which includes soft and hard wood, garden mulch and even rubber!
Termites can destroy walls, doors and even the timber framing within house and roof cavities without ever being seen.
How can I tell if I have termites?
Termites build 'trails' by using excreted timber and mud to make tunnels of mud over hard surfaces such as concrete. These trails are easy to spot and are usually seen around weep holes in brickwork, running from garden beds up the side of houses, and in and around hot water system overflows and outdoor taps.
What do I do if I think I have termites?
If you find termite trails leave them alone—under no circumstance should you disturb termites or their nests. If their nests are shaken or disturbed, termites often leave the are and move on to cause more damage in another part of the property.
If you suspect termite activity, report it to your nearest Department of Housing office immediately. The department will organise a professional inspection and treatment of the problem.
What can I do to help prevent termites?
To assist in preventing termites entering your property:
- Be aware of the signs of termite activity and, if termites are suspected, contact the department straight away.
- Always inspect second-hand timber and furniture before bringing it into your home or yard.
- Do not position gardens directly against walls.
- Check with the department before making any improvements to your rental property.