Up to 1 in 3 Australian Homes will suffer some form of termite attack.
The unfortunate reality is that most homes in capital cities within Australia are at serious risk of termite attack. Severe termite damage to Australian homes is on the increase since the removal in 1995 of the long lasting soil barrier chemicals; the more common use of softwood building and other landscaping timbers that termites find irresistible, such as, hardwood timber mulch and railway sleepers on the ground.
The below map by CSIRO shows just how serious the risk is
Most homes are at risk in South Australia in built-up urban areas, especially if well established gum trees are nearby the building – within a 100 metre radius.
In Victoria, recent rainfall has provided the perfect environment for termites to breed. As recently reported in the Age, “Experts have given Fairfax Media a list of Melbourne’s termite hotspots, based on the number of active termite removal contracts in each suburb.
Melbourne’s top three Worst Suburbs For Termites
– Truganina and Hoppers Crossing
These suburbs are followed by…
– Donnybrook, Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park
– Port Melbourne
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