It is true what many experts say that the signs of termites only appear once you have a full infestation on your hands. That’s why issuing a yearly inspection from a pest expert will help protect yourself against any potential termite damage.
A termite inspection consists of looking for the common signs. To the untrained eye investigating the signs of termites can be very difficult.
Termites are very sneaky creatures. They can often be active, eating their way through the gold mine of food that is your home for a long time without being noticed. There have been reports that termites have lived within an house for nearly 30 years undetected!
When it comes to detecting termites in your house the best option is to always seek professional help. A termite inspection from a trained pest control specialist knows exactly where to look to detect these wood devouring pests and will provide you with the best termite treatment options.
Want to know more about the signs of termites? Read our previous blog 7 Signs You May Have Termites.
How to Get Rid of Termites
There are a number of different options available to help manage a termite problem. These all differ depending on where you live and what type of property you own.
There are a number of different termite treatments available. Each one provides its own unique process of dealing with termites, and is relevant to the termites native to your area.
The first step to treating any termite problem is contacting a pest control professional. A pest control professional will:
- Correctly identify signs of a termite problem
- Provide you with information around termite prevention
- Advise you on the correct course of treatment
The types of termite treatments available depends on your location. For more information about termite treatment options please visit our treatment page.
One of the most effective ways of controlling termites is through the use of termite barriers.
When building a new home it is advised to apply a termite barrier to the area, especially if you live in a termite heavy zone. You can find more about the importance of design build in relation to termites in our previous blog Saving Your Home From Termites.
Termite barriers come in two forms chemical and physical:
Chemical Termite Barriers
Chemical termite barriers involves a liquid chemical substance to the soil, under concrete flooring and/or around the perimeter of your house. This keeps termites away from your humble abode, keeping your property safe from termite damage.
The advantages of this method are that it is unobtrusive as treatment is mainly on the exterior of your property and it is environmentally friendly as less material is required.
Physical Termite Barriers
Physical termite barriers consist of applying a tough, durable, termite-proof sheet underneath your home during the construction period. This prevents termites from slipping through the cracks in the concrete foundations of your home. Helping to keep the wood craving creatures at bay.
The physical barriers do not stop termites from making tubes over them, however. They are designed to force them out into the open where they can be easily seen by an inspection, so regular inspection is still a good idea.
Termite baiting involves applying what is known as Bait Stations to an area which is a hot spot for termite activity. A termite specialist will place these bait stations around your property which in turn will help keep termites out.
The benefits of termite baiting are:
- Unobtrusive – It does not change the appearance of your home.
- Non – Disruptive – No drilling is required when applying the termite control method.
Conventional Termite Treatment
Sometimes termite barrier and termite baiting solutions may not be available, in which case the conventional route of termite treatment has to be taken to help manage your termite problem.
Conventional termite treatments consist of applying a liquid termiticide treatment to areas of your home prone to termite activity. In some cases some drilling is involved to get to said hot spots, but rest assured, these holes will be filled in once the treatment is complete.
Are you worried about termites this spring? Then there are ways in which you can secure your home, keeping it safe from termite activity.
As most home insurance policies do not cover termite damage, keeping your home safe from these destructive pest is highly important.
If you are building a new home then one of the most effective ways to keep your properties safe, and the homes of the future owners and tenants, is to use a termite barrier treatment. This will ensure to keep stop the termites getting up to their old tricks, forcing them somewhere else to set up camp.
DIY Termite Control
When it comes to termite treatment you should always seek a professional’s help, and never try to fix the problem yourself. One mistake and you could subject your home to an increase in termite damage, a result that you can not undo.
However there are some DIY termite control options you can do at home which reflect the prevention side. These involve simple tricks and tips which will help keep your home safe from termite damage.
Please note these are only small prevention techniques that could save your from a termite problem but is not a guaranteed fix. If you are worried about termites then please seek professional help.
DIY Termite Prevention Tips:
- Keep Wood Away from house: Like to store firewood? Make sure to keep it away from your house. You don’t want termites to come across the holy grail of termite feasts – your home.
- Remove Old Tree Stumps: Not only do old tree stumps provide a haven of delicious wood, but also an excellent nest area for Drywood termites. Removing old tree stumps can help protect you against termites. This goes for branches as well.
- Keep Windows Shut: The start of a termite problem comes from flying termites starting new colonies. Keeping your windows shut during the spring months will make sure no winged aviators navigate in your house and set up camp.
- Repair Damaged Roofing: Broken roof tiles provide termites easy access to your home. Making sure all broken or damaged tiles are replaced can help termites stay out of your house.
- Air Conditioning: Air conditioning can be a lifesaver, especially in the summer months. But the moisture they produce acts like a huge termite magnet. Make sure the moisture release is pointing away from the foundations of your home.
- Repair Cracks in Foundations: Just like damaged roof tiles, cracks in the foundations on your home provide a gateway for termites to enter. Making sure you repair any damages to the foundations and/or walls to your home can protect you against termites.
- Leaking Pipes: As previously discussed, termites love damp areas! Regularly check if any of your pipes, both inside and out, for leakage and damage and repair if necessary to keep termites at bay.
- Garden Mulch: As you can imagine garden mulch made from wood provides termites with a feast fit for 5 kings! One way to prevent termites from getting into your home is a) using mulch which termites won’t find attractive and b) leave a gap between the mulch and the foundations of your home.