With the rapid growth of most capital cities in Australia and their expansion into wooded areas, termites are becoming more prevalent, with more homes being attacked. You may be surprised to learn that, in Australia, termites cause more damage to our homes than all natural disasters combined.
Last year termites caused $100 million of damage and more than one in four homes are attacked during their lifetime. So it’s important to have the correct termite control measures to protect your largest asset.
Here are some tips on effective termite control for your home against subterranean termites:
1) Have regular pest inspections as, least annually carried out to check for termite infestation.
2) Do not store untreated timber such as firewood up against the home.
3) Hardwood timber garden sleepers are conducive to termite infestation and they need be replaced with termite resistant materials, such as treated pine or masonry
4) With suspended floor homes, timber located on the ground under the house should be removed since it can act as an attractant to Termites.
5) Ensure venting to the sub floor is not blocked. The venting allows air flow to keep the area dry and be less attractive to termites.
6) Moist soil attracts termites, ensure drainage pipes from hot water systems, air conditioners, leaking taps etc are not dripping into the soil, fix all leaking pipes or water damage around the house promptly
7) If your home is brick, at the base of the perimeter you will notice gaps between the bricks, these are known as weep holes to allow ventilation to the cavity and the escape of moisture that may accumulate in it. Ensure the weep holes are kept clear of concrete, dirt, garden mulch or any obstruction that would allow termites to gain entry without being detected. Maintain a debris free inspection zone of 75 mm below your weep holes.
8) Ensure that the posts on the deck / pergola /gazebo be placed on metal stirrups and that there is a clearance of at least 75mm be made between the base of pergola posts and finished ground level
9) Homes with a concrete slab, where the exposed slab edge forms part of the physical termite barrier system, ensure the slab edge remains exposed as part of the inspection zone also, ensure that the vegetation from around the perimeter of the building be removed so that it does not allow for concealed termite entry.
10) All concrete floors and infill areas are conductive to termites; unless various measures have been taken when the house was built. Unless written evidence of a termite preventative program in accord with “Australian Standard AS 3660 – Protection of buildings from subterranean termites – Prevention, detection and treatment of infestation” is provided a treatment should always be considered to prevent attack.
11) If you see a termite mud tunnel leading into your house or any where on your property, resist the temptation to break it open and destroy it. Arrange for a pest manager to inspect the area. A good pest manager will be able to identify the termites, which is an aid to a treatment method, and can advise as to whether the termites are a threat or not.
12) Keep your home as finely maintained as possible. Make sure that the paint on the exterior surfaces is kept in good condition. Keep vents screened to keep out the flying pests.
13) Before buying a home have it thoroughly inspected and follow up regular inspections.
If you do have signs of termite damage, you need to call a professional pest control provider such as Rentokil to put a termite protection management plan with Warranty in place.