Preventing the spread of termites in should be of utmost importance for Australian homeowners. As termites are a severe problem that can be found in all residential areas, anti-termite measures must be taken in order to avoid having your home overrun by these small, yet destructive creatures.
However, despite whatever preventive actions you take, 20 percent of homes in Australia will still have to deal with termite-related issues at some point due to different reasons, such as carelessness and treatments that fail to cover all parts of the house.
To avoid being the next victim of the infamous “white ants,” take note of these ways to keep your home secure and safe:
Have experts inspect your home regularly
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. If you get your local exterminator or termite expert to inspect your home, that will help you a great deal. A professional exterminator can completely remove a problem that could cost you your home if allowed to go unchecked. Termite inspections done by professionals usually cover all parts of your house, and if termites are found, the team you hire will handle the termite colony, ensuring your home is safe from termite infestation. For the time being, anyway.
Termite inspections should be done every six months or yearly, but more frequent visits from a team of exterminators will be better for you and your home.
Keep your any wood in your home dry
Just like a buffet with an abundance of selections, damp or wet wood will stimulate a termite’s appetite unlike anything else. Australia’s weather tends to be more humid than usual, making wet wood much more common that it should be. In order to solve this problem, simply install a dehumidifier in your home to keep any wood in your home dry and lessen the chances of mold and mildew from sprouting.
Use termite-resistant wood
Even though a termite’s taste buds can go far and wide, some types of wood may help fend them off. Pine and Masonry wood are two types of wood that these pests don’t seem to like very much, which is something you should consider when renovating, improving, or building your house.
Check your plumbing for any leaks
Leaky pipes and faulty plumbing mixed with open wood is definitely a recipe for disaster when it comes to getting rid of termites. With plumbing and wooden framework often sharing the same spaces in your home, it would be in your best interest to regularly check your plumbing for leaks in order to prevent the chances of having damp or wet wood attract termites.
Keep your home’s wooden parts as far from the ground as possible
Keeping wooden structures from coming into contact with the ground and isolating them with cement will keep them out of reach. It will also help you avoid excessive dampness. If you leave wooden foundations in the ground, that can create an opening for a full-blown termite infestation.
Coat your home’s wooden foundations in preventative pesticides
Eliminating termites from your home requires eliminating what allows them to thrive as well. By coating your wooden foundations in something that’s poisonous to termites will help solve your problem.
Maintain your house’s surroundings regularly
This step involves taking certain measures to keep the surroundings of your home termite-free. Certain spots, such as vegetation can be used by termites as entry points to your home, so it’s best to make sure you cut these entry spots out.
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