Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to provide a review of the dangers that termites pose for houses in Australia and to highlight the inadequacies in the existing research for determining the extent, nature and costs of termite attacks on houses. Design/methodology/approach – The classification of Australian termites is discussed and those classifications most problematic for houses are identified. The reasons why subterranean termites pose a significant risk to houses are explained. An overview of seven noteworthy investigations into termite risks to houses is provided, the findings of the investigations are discussed, and conclusions about the adequacy of the investigations are presented. Findings – Much is known about the distribution and habits of the species of termites that are problematic for houses in Australia, but very little research has been conducted into establishing the extent, nature, and costs of termite attacks on houses. Also, the existing research is ad hoc , piecemeal and inadequate for establishing the risks to houses from termite attack. Originality/value – To date there has been limited research into termite risks to houses in Australia. In making a contribution to this area, this paper examines issues related to termite risks in various states and territories.
Structural Survey – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 10, 2009
Keywords: Insects; Buildings; Australia; Risk assessment
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera