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Rachel Gray – AAP on May 10, 2017, 9:56 pm

Call for nationwide termite action plan

Termites munching on Aussie homes are causing more damage than floods, fires and storms combined, a state building authority says.

The pest’s voracity across the nation has prompted calls for a nationwide action plan to stop it in its tracks.

Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev says he wants all state governments to make it mandatory for councils to declare termite infestation zones.

“The termites are eating people out of house and home,” Mr Georgiev told AAP.

“They don’t care about state boundaries. All these boundaries are man-made and they are not in the natural order of things; termites are everywhere.”

He said Tasmania is the only region in Australia that’s safe from the risk of damage caused by the tiny but “voracious pests”.

A nationwide plan could include termite treatment of all sites and inspections on houses before they are sold, Mr Georgiev said.

Current attempts to combat termite infestations vary between the states.

In Victoria, local councils “may declare” areas within their municipality that are likely to be subject to infestation by termites, and people should check before they build or buy, the Victorian Building Authority said.

The pests cause more damage than floods, fire and storms combined, the VBA added.

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