Many people believe that ant caps stop termites. Unfortunately, this entirely untrue as termites can build their mud tubes over anything solid, unless it is impregnated with a registered termiticide.
The idea of an ant cap is to make it visual for us to identify a termite infestation which would hopefully keep termite damage to a minimum.
Pictured left, this ant cap has done it’s job perfectly. Normally termites would come up the centre of this timber stump and into the house timbers in a concealed manner (as they want to survive and not want to be found). Here, the termites had no choice but to build around and over the ant cap.
N.B. During house construction, often a builder will drive a nail through the top of the ant cap to keep it in place before the house is built on top of it. Over time, this nail and hole rust and houses always naturally move a little. This creates a concealed point of entry in the ant cap where again termites can and prefer concealed entry into a structure without building around the ant cap.
Now, the ant cap above is on top of a concrete slab on a much newer style home. The timber framed wall is on top of it giving the home owner a false sense of security that their home is protected from termites.
The problem is that the ant cap does not protrude to the other side of this wall. From the other side of this wall, you only see the timber skirting board and not the other side of the ant cap. So here again, termites have built their mud tube beneath the ant cap, into the the wall above and caused significant damage.
These home owners just could not believe that termites had caused significant damage to 2 walls of their new home after thinks that it was all termite proof with their new ant caps.
Frames were eaten and even a termite nest inside the wall had become apparent once the plaster board started to “ripple”.
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