Termite Prevention Tips
Below are some handy tips on Termite Prevention and what you can do to help reduce your risk of Termite Infestation:
- Termites will require a ready water supply so find and repair any water leaks you may have inside or outside of your home, such as leaking hoses, drains and pipes. Direct run off away from the house.
- Make sure the sub-floor area of your house has good cross-floor ventilation, drainage and access for a Termite Inspection.
- Keep your home well ventilated, including the attic and underneath the house if you live on stumps. This can help to prevent moisture.
- Do not use untreated timbers for garden beds or retaining walls as they may attract termites.
- Store firewood or any building materials a good distance from your house. Clear any dead trees or old wood stumps from your yard as any wood that touches the ground is highly likely to be discovered by termites.
- Wood mulch, damp garden beds and ponds are all attractive to termites - if you live in a high risk area consider termites when planning landscaping.
- Ensure that food sources such as branches, wooden ladders and so on, aren't left leaning against your house.
- Check your foundations for cracks and other termite entry points and patch where necessary.
- Do not allow garden beds or paving to cover over weep holes or the external edge of your concrete slab and always allow at least a 50mm inspection zone from the top of the slab.
- Ensure that any fences, verandas, ferneries, etc that join onto your home are designed so as to prevent termite entry and do not provide a bridge for the termites to by-pass any termite barrier you have in place
- Have your house regularly inspected for termites and check yourself for any flooring that feels 'soft' or solid wood work that sounds hollow when tapped. The earlier termites are detected, the better.