Protection Against Termites

The Pest Guys Termite Treatment

How to stop your home from being eaten

Termites will eat the value of your home. They will literally digest the structural timber of your dream house and you won’t even know about it until it’s too late. Termites cause millions of dollars in damage to houses across Australia annually, and it’s a major cause for concern. In fact, it’s become common knowledge that termites cause more damage than natural disasters; that’s ridiculous and rather disconcerting.

Termites will eat the value of your home. They will literally digest the structural timber of your dream house and you won’t even know about it until it’s too late. Termites cause millions of dollars in damage to houses across Australia annually, and it’s a major cause for concern. In fact, it’s become common knowledge that termites cause more damage than natural disasters; that’s ridiculous and rather disconcerting.

If you’ve just bought a home or are concerned about termites in your current home, it’s best to contact the professionals who will put an effective termite management plan in place. Given the fact that termites live in large colonies, feed on wood and may play an important role in nature, they are a structural and financial hazard that needs to be eliminated. Here are a few tips that will prevent you from being victimised by termites.

Remove untreated wood

If you store untreated wood for firewood or storage against the side of your home or in direct contact with the soil, it’s best to get rid of it. Untreated timber is the perfect primary food source for termites who will move from the wood into your home at a moment’s notice. Sleepers, hardwood timber furniture or untreated outdoor furniture attracts termites, which like a moist soil environment but will come above ground to attack timber. Replace if possible with treated wood and furniture to ensure the longevity of your property.

Termite Treatment

If you find that your home is infested with termites baiting could provide you with the ultimate protection, there are several baiting systems used by professionals however The Pest Guys recommend EXTERRA. These bait stations/traps are installed at points inside and  around the perimeter of the building and are filled with timber and attractant that termites enjoy. No poisonous chemicals are required, however once termites are found in the traps, the traps are filled with non-toxic bait. The termites take the bait back to the colonies unknowingly spreading a growth regulator throughout the colony, which leads to complete colony elimination.

Keep it dry

If you have wooden flooring in your home, and a concrete base around your property, you may think you’re exempt from these tiny visitors, but you’re not. Termites will burrow through moist soil then through cracks/joins or gaps in your concrete slab or brick walls, finding their way into your floorboards. Subfloor foundation homes are also at risk unless you keep the space between the floor and the foundation dry and cool and regularly inspected. Many homeowners keep fans in the cavity and switch them on intermittently to keep the space dry. Vents also ensure ventilation ensuring moisture and humidity build-up are kept to a minimum, which is another termite drawcard.

Unless your home was constructed with a termite prevention plan in place – now a requirement under Australian Standards in the protection of buildings from subterranean termites – you need to call in The Pest Guys for a termite protection plan. If you happen to find a termite colony on your property, do not set forth and conquer because you’re just asking for bigger problems. The experts will determine the types of termites that are living in your home, recommend the best plan to get them out and the course of action to take to ensure no future reoccurrence of the problem.

Contact The Pest Guys today for a free onsite assessment of your property and a complete Perth termite inspection and protection plan. It’s not just your property you’re protecting; it’s also the value of your home and the return on investment. Remember, there is no insurance that covers termite damage!!