Rain has come to the Sunshine Coast in a big way, and it has created a problem for homeowners that needs to be addresses as quickly as possible. We are not talking about landslips or water damage here, but rather the damage that could potentially be done by termites heading to higher ground to get away from the deluge. Homeowners who believe they are protected from the pests may be in for the biggest shock of all, as chemical barriers installed at an earlier date have essentially been washed away by the rain. Homes are now wide open to the invading horde, making termites Sunshine Coast potentially a huge headache for everyone in the area.
While pest control experts expected there to be a termite issue with all this rain, no-one was expecting it to be on the level it has reached. Some are even suggesting that it is the worst termite problem they have seen in a quarter of a century, with Buderim and Mountain Creek among the hardest hit. Those are not the only areas in the Sunshine Coast to be dealing with the problem, though, as pest control experts are keeping busy all the way from Caloundra to Noosa. The extra business is putting some companies under a bit of a strain, but they are making sure that residents in the area get their homes protected as quickly as possible.
The homes that are under the biggest threat are those that were built prior to 2000, as the degradation of chemicals has left them wide open to termites looking for a way in. Pest control experts are going to many of these homes after receiving reports of small areas of damage. Homeowners end up being stunned when they find out that the termites have been going to town, and that the damage is a whole lot more widespread than first thought. Even owners who have routinely been having annual treatments performed are finding that the damage being done is a whole lot more than they had bargained for.
The easiest way to get the proper level of protection against termites is to call out the professionals, but there are some things you can do to protect our property in the meantime. The most obvious of those is to not leave any timber products laying around the home. These could include things such as wood piles and bundled newspapers. Vegetation around the property should also be kept to a minimum, as should drips and leaks. Termites love the moisture, and will be drawn to it like a moth to a flame. If you haven’t had a termite inspection done recently, you really should make an appointment to get one done. Have a barrier treatment performed, and make sure that it is updated every single year. If you had one done within the past year, it would still be a good idea to have the chemical barrier checked, just to make sure that it has not been washed away.