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Attack of the White Ants

By Tash Johns

White ants (also known as termites) are a highly destructive pest that can cause major structural timber damage to properties and buildings. 

Some industry surveys suggest that up to 80% of all unprotected properties are subject to attack (in varying degrees) by white ants.

Severe structural timber damage by white ants is on the increase due to more homes being designed and built of materials that encourage hidden white ant entry points and infestation.

White ants can be active ina property, behind walls, in the roof and under floors for many months (sometimes years) before they are detected by the visible external damage they cause.

Treating the damage can be extremely expensive, emotionally devastating to the unknowing owner and sometimes result in the demolition of a property. However, minor damage (if detected early) can be effectively treated.

It is also important to be aware that most insurance companies do not cover the repair costs or damage caused by white ants.

Our agency highly recommends that you have regular annual pest inspections carried out on your property by a professional, who knows what to look for.  For such a minimal tax-deductible cost, you will have peace of mind that your property is protected and safe.

We have attached some pictures of recent investment properties that have unfortunately become subject to termite attacks.

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