Almost every Australian home may be at risk of termites, but do not lose hope. The fight against this damaging pest is not yet lost.
The good news is we have several methods to help protect your building or structure against termites. These include:
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How can I prevent termites in my home? This is a frequently asked question by homeowners.
We understand that you will want to do everything in your power to protect your home against termites and any other pest.
Our practical tips below will help to show you that even a little effort can go a long way towards guarding your home.
Storing timber against or under your house or property on a soil sub-floor, will provide an attractive food source and nesting site for subterranean termites. It can also hide evidence of termites invading your home. Remove any timber and/or debris (dead leaves) away from the house.
These include leaking taps, pipes and hot water overflow pipes under or around your home. Repairing these will reduce moisture levels, which attract subterranean termites to nest close to or under your property.
Substandard ventilation in the sub-floor areas of your property will result in high humidity, and high moisture levels. Good ventilation and extraction fans where necessary are essential to reduce the risk from subterranean termites.
Do not use untreated timbers to form garden beds or retaining walls, as these will attract termites around your property.
Often the bases of timber fence palings and/or sub-floor timbers breach the soil surface. This allows termites access without detection. Galvanised post shoes that elevate the timber off the ground are available from any good hardware store.
Climbing plants growing against the side of the structure of your property provide termites with entry undetected. The roots of some plants can also penetrate the foundations of your property allowing termites access that is very difficult to locate. Allow at least a 30cm clearance. Plant trees that are notorious for sending roots under slabs well away from your home.
Dead trees and stumps are ideal sites for termites to nest in. Remove these or have them treated to reduce the risk to your property.
Metal strips or ant caps around the foundation of your home do not prevent termite entry but force termites out into the open where they can be detected with regular inspection.
Adding a pergola, new awnings or veranda, concrete slab extensions, or even new plumbing can provide a route of entry for termites into the property across the termite protection barrier previously applied.
Weep holes in between brickwork, found immediately above the slab, should also be left exposed. If you construct gardens, allow soil to be deposited above the edge of the slab, or above pavers over the slab face, otherwise termites can gain entry undetected into your property and breach the previously applied termite barriers.
Termites can often attack formwork and use it to gain access into your home.
Your first step should be to arrange a thorough inspection of your property to confirm their presence.
Rentokil offers a termite survey for your home. This survey will check your property both inside and out and will be able to quickly confirm if you have an infestation of termites or another pest.
If you have been unlucky enough to experience termites in your home, you will be very keen to ensure you don’t have to deal with them ever again.
Whilst no-one can fully guarantee that you will never have a termite problem, there are some steps you can take to reduce the chance of their return.