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Termite Invasions And You: How to Protect Your Home

termitesTermites are a vital part of the ecosystem, breaking down dead trees and turning it into rich nutrients for the soil of the forests they call their home.  However, when they enter human habitations these otherwise helpful insects can become destructive vermin. That’s why it’s important to take action upon seeing the first signs of termites on your property.

While it’s best to start taking steps while your home is still under construction, this simply isn’t possible when you’re moving into an existing structure.  At that point it’s best to call a team of pest specialists and have them assess your home and determine which of their physical and chemical barriers will best protect your investment.

Unsurprisingly termites find the wood in our homes just as enticing as the wood found lying in their natural habitat, and in fact have been found to be responsible for more damage to homes than all natural disasters combined.  Remarkable in the face of this information, most home-owners don’t bother to take any preventative measures to protect their home.  This is likely why CSIRO found that 1 in 3 homes would suffer from an infestation throughout its lifetime.

Stop The Siege!  How to Prevent Unwanted Guests In Your Woodwork

  1. Every year you should have your home inspected to identify if you have a termite problem, and to put a stop to it before it gets worse.
  2. Keep firewood and lumber far from your home and out of contact with the ground, this helps to keep your home from looking enticing to these vermin.
  3. Don’t use timber in your landscaping or retaining walls, even the best sealed and treated woods can become enticing to termites over time. Instead replace them with brick, rocks, or any other product that doesn’t have wood.
  4. Moisture is also an attractant to termites, make sure there are no leaks in your home and ensure that your drier vents are properly sealed.
  5. As an extension to the above, make sure that your hot water services are checked for overflow and that they drain properly.
  6. It’s tempting to use the space under your home to store items, but this can obstruct proper ventilation. Keep the under area of your home clear.

Yearly inspections are an important part of protecting your home and your investment, especially when done by experts who can determine the best treatments for your home.  A full chemical treatment is the most effective way of treating your home, creating a zone around your home that is treated to prevent termites from entering.

What Signs Will Indicate A Termite Infestation?

  1. Floor that has gone soft or spongy.
  2. Dirt or Mud Spots around Skirting Boards, Walls, and Door Frames.

Leave It To The Professionals

Don’t attempt to eradicate an infestation of termites on your own, a lack of knowledge can lead to you making the situation worse.  The best way to deal with the issue is to contact pest control professionals.

 

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