Termite entry point at Basketball Stadium in Northern Melbourne

November 25, 2011

This is a classic example of termites entering a building, in this case in a basketball stadium in Greensborough, up a concrete stump. Also of note is the ‘ant cap’ between the stump and the buildings bearer, however this has not stopped the termites from gaining entry to the timbers above.

People often ask how termites can enter a home when there are ant caps installed on the concrete stumps. The simple answer is because ant caps are not designed to stop termite ingress, they are designed to try and force the termites to breach around the ant cap and thus make it easier for an inspector to detect the presence of termites when the building is inspected.

Ironically, the termites in this case actually went through the center of the ant cap making their installation virtually pointless. This finding shows the importance of regular termite inspections.

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