DIY Termite Checklist

If you want to feel like you are taking control of the termite risk to your home and your investment, then you need a plan.

Setting aside 2 hours every 6 months and following our DIY Termite Checklist could help reduce the risk of termites invading your home.

DIY Termite Checklist

Every home has it’s own character and equally it’s own unique area’s that are at risk of attracting termites or even concealing their entry into your home.

Termites are common throughout mainland Australia; interestingly, the prolonged warm wet Subtropical Climate of South East Queensland provides ideal conditions for these often-unseen insects to flourish in their underground nests and tunnels.

This simple and proven checklist gives you a basic plan for you to follow and make informed decisions about the risk of termites causing costly damage to your home.

Why do we want to give you all this information?

  • Cooroy Termite and Pest Control have been conducting Termite Inspections in local homes and businesses for over 20 years.
  • We have installed and manage over 400 termite protection programs for homes and commercial buildings, including many of the Noosa Resorts, multi-million-dollar homes and many commercial structures.
  • We have over 3000 customers on our books, some of which are our original customers.
  • Most of our customers have chosen to use our services because we came recommended to them by a friend or neighbour.

The reason I am telling you this is because the result of all this termite work we have found that there are often simple preventable reasons why termites have gained access and infested homes.

Over the years we often catch ourselves saying “if only this homeowner had known they could have saved themselves $1000’s in repairs to termite damage”.

You can get started with implementing your own termite check plan using this step-by-step guide.

If you invest a bit of your time and follow these steps you may save yourself the heartache of termites causing any destruction to your significant investment.

Assume there are termites on your property right now

The termite species that cause the most damage to homes are Sub-terranean (Meaning they predominantly live underground) and therefore out of sight. We have some species that make a mud nest in trees; however, these species often enter homes via underground tunnels.

Once we get our heads around this idea; that the reason we don’t see Termites on our property is that they are often living (Making nests and tunnels) on the root-stock left behind when properties are cleared to build homes, often right under our feet.

5 Facts about home damaging termites

  1. Believe it or not, there are Subterranean termites everywhere in South East Queensland.
  2. Termites eat hardwood. Termite nests are predominately formed in the root-stock of Native Eucalyptus – these trees are hardwood.
  3. Termite systems can fail. Even homes with a current termite system can get an expensive termite attack.
  4. Where are the termites? We usually do not see termites because they are traveling underground.
  5. Prevention can save you money. Managing the termite risk to your home starts with a termite inspection. DIY or Professional.

Termites are mostly very active during the warm wet months November to June, so it makes sense to get your home ready for the termite season during the cooler months July to October.