Termites are often referred to as ‘white ants’ because of their pale appearance. These tiny and destructive pests come to your property looking for food and they will eat anything made from wood. Even if your home has a steel frame, any timber used in landscaping, roof trusses, architraves, and furniture are all susceptible to termite attack (they have even be known to eat into gyprock and plasterboard!).
Termites have a nest from which they are based, and will travel hundreds of meters in search of food. They build mud galleries which serve as safe tunnels for them to travel through the ground and over walls. They are able to access your house via wall cavities, voids and through cracks as small as a piece of paper.
Termites have been able to access some homes with a termite barrier due to home owners not being familiar with termite control best practices. For example, building untreated extensions such as carports and pergolas right up to the home can create a pathway for termites to bridge the termite barrier. With proper understanding of termite barriers and termite prevention best practices, you can rest assured that your home is well protected.