It’s a well-known fact that South-East Queensland, including the Brisbane region, are termite hot spots. But the areas encompassing Mt Gravatt, Carindale, Kenmore and Brookfield, in particular, contain environments where termites thrive. If you live in these areas, it’s crucial to organise annual termite inspections and have a termite management system in place to protect your home. Here’s why.
South Brisbane Bushland
The leafy outer suburbs of South Brisbane are notoriously surrounded by bushland. Suburbs such as Mount Gravatt, Carindale, Underwood and Rochedale are dotted around forests and reserves such as Toohey Forest, White Hill Reserve and Karawatha Forest. These areas of council land are home to a wide variety of native wildlife and offer tranquil walking tracks and picnic spots for nearby residents. It’s part of the reason why suburbs such as Carindale and Mount Gravatt are popular amongst families looking to invest in property and settle down.
Unfortunately, these bushlands are also home to a destructive subterranean termite species called Coptotermes acinaciformis. Walking through the Karawatha and Toohey Forests, it’s easy to spot many massive ‘mounds’ (nests) created by this species of termite, just off the pathways. While the termites are an important aspect of the forest ecosystem, their nests are built uncomfortably close to homes skirting the forests. If your home is near these bushlands, it’s important to upkeep a termite management system and maintain yearly inspections to prevent termite activity from reaching your property.
Brisbane’s Lush Western Suburbs
Kenmore and Brookfield, lush suburbs to the West of Brisbane, are in very close proximity to Mount Coot-Tha, home to the city’s primary rainforest environment. If there’s one thing we know, it’s that termites LOVE moist, warm habitats, the perfect playground for the dreaded subterranean termite! Drywood termites can also be found in rainforest timber, pine and plywood. It’s important to inspect a piece of wood carefully before bringing it into your house, no matter where you got it from (a second-hand store, from the forest or even store-bought), as this is just one of the ways that drywood termites can infest your home. While immediate termite treatment is readily available, it’s best to avoid termites altogether by having a termite management system in place if you live in Kenmore or Brookfield!
Protecting Your Home
Organising a termite inspection through a professional termite control company will allow these experienced individuals to assess the best way to protect your property from termite attack. They will be able to identify the most effective termite management system, whether this is through a chemical or physical defence. Remember that it’s always best to think preventatively when it comes to termites, as the destruction they are capable of wreaking on your home can be truly devastating.