Termite prevention

Termite prevention

Termites can cause large financial problems for homeowners in Australia. They are more frequent than the average home owner thinks. For this reason, most people overlook the importance of termite prevention.  Preventing termites is easy. By preventing termites to the best of your ability you avoid the risk. Putting these simple precautions in place can help.

If you do find signs of termites in your house, don’t hesitate to contact us. Precision pest control are experts in termite treatment. We use a variety of treatment methods including termite baiting systems and safe chemical treatments. We operate across NSW and QLD. Your local pest manager can help with more information.

Termite prevention before a home is built

The best termite prevention starts before the home is built and in the planning stages. If you are building a new home you should consider a termite barrier.

A termite barrier is a flexible and durable laminate designed to stop termites accessing your home through the foundations. It does this by providing a barrier between the ground and your home.

A chemical called deltamethrin, is highly repellent to termites and sits between the layers of the robust, flexible laminate in the termite barrier. This is installed during the construction process.

We are fully qualified and experienced in the installation of Kordon Termite Barrier. The Kordon Termite Barrier is a flexible and durable laminate designed to stop termites accessing your home through the foundations. You can learn more about this process here>>

Preventing termites in existing homes

In already existing homes these are some preventative measures to help you prevent a termite infestation. The three main tips are to not feed the termites, avoid moisture and keep your house clear.

Avoid moisture around your property at all costs

Reduce the risk of Termites by removing all sources of moisture around your property and in your soil. Fix water leaking pipes or water damage of any kind as soon as they occur. Avoid moist soil, always check your hot water systems, air conditioners are not dripping into the soil.

Other ways to avoid moist soil is to avoid garden beds next to or adjoining your house. Ensure any external taps are never dripping or have a drain underneath. Your guttering systems should never leak and should discharge to storm water drains.

Having inadequate ventilation can also lead to a big problem with moisture inside your house. Ensure bathrooms and laundry rooms as well as sub floors have proper ventilation and no leakage.

Termites not only are attracted to moisture, but they need moisture to thrive. Whilst it is not easy to maintain a moisture free household it is something you should keep in mind as it can avoid you hundreds of dollars in damage and a termite problem later down the line.

Eliminate Termite food sources

The idea is to keep termites away from your house. By removing food sources away from the home; under or around - you make it less desirable for termites to enter your home.

Do not use mulch directly adjacent to your home. It is better to use pine needles, keep plants in pots or pebbles. If you really must use mulch, ensure it is treated.

Keep termite food OFF the ground and away from the house. If you have waste timber, cardboard boxes or firewood. Store all timber such as these off the ground and away from the building.

Subterranean termites love travelling snacking on wood as they travel from the outside of your house to the inside. Not feeding the termites is a great form of termite control and prevention.

Keep your home clear!

Keep around your house clear. Avoid stored items and plants sitting around your home. If you can see the edge of the building, you have more chance of noticing termite signs.

Do not store any wooden items under your sub-floor or in the basement. Reduce humidity under the crawl spaces causing bad ventilation which will in turn cause moisture.

Remove dead trees or stumps, they are sites for termites to nest. Either remove them or have them treated. Don’t allow climbing plants or bushy gardens to grow against your house or fences. Ideally this is to avoid spots growing under concrete slabs and penetrating the foundations of your property.

Keep an eye out for signs of termites

Inspecting your home and property for termite activity is a good way to prevent termite infestation from growing.

Simple things like noticing mud tunnels and common termite damage like hollow wood will help protect your home from a larger problem.

Whilst you may not be able to prevent termites from being in your home, perhaps you can stop them from becoming an expensive problem if you know what to look out for. Check these signs of termites for more information.

If you do notice any of these signs it is imperative that you contact us for more informatin

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Getting regular termite inspections

Prevention can only go so far to making your home termite resistant. Getting regular termite inspections annually is an effective way to ensure you do not have termites.

Some tips

  • Have regular pest inspections annually to help spot the infection early and keep peace of mind

  • Avoid store untreated timber up against the home (where else would you store it) (examples of untreated timber that is common)

  • Do not keep timber under the house

  • Fix all leaking pipes or water damage as fast as possible

  • Avoid moist soil by ensuring drainage pipes from hot water systems, air conditioners or leaking taps are no dripping into soil

  • Before buying a home have it thoroughly inspected

  • Avoid moisture around your property at all costs

  • Understanding the signs of termites