Top 10 Ways to Reduce Your Termite Risk
With Perth and the best part of Western Australia susceptible to termite damage, ranging from moderate to very high, it is important that tenants, home owners, home buyers and home builders undertake steps to protect and treat termites before they can cause severe structural damage.
As the professionals in pest control, The Pest Guys have put together our top 10 tips for termite protection and termite treatment, which will help to keep your home safe and termite free throughout the year.
- Book An Inspection! – Whether you’re looking to buy, looking to build or you have a suspicion there may be termite activity in your home, having the team at The Pest Guys out to look at your property is the first step to preventing an infestation or treating one early. We encourage everyone to book annual termite inspections, as the earlier these pests are detected, the better the outcome will be for you and your home.
- Maintain Your Home and Garden – By keeping up the maintenance of your home and garden, you have a better chance of not only preventing a termite infestation, but identifying and treating it before it can cause damage. Ensuring things such as rotting windowsills, skirting boards or any damaged wood is treated or removed can reduce the likelihood of termites moving in. Keeping an eye on trees in your garden is also important, as some termites may move from tree roots or stumps, straight into your home.
- Remove Wood Stacks from Around Your Property – Stacks of wood can attract termites, particularly if the wood has contact with the soil. If you do keep firewood outside for winter, ensure it is raised off the ground.
- Keep Plants Trimmed – Many homes have dense greenery, shrubs and bushes around the edge of the building itself. As plants require water and the soil is damp in these areas, termites can and will thrive, if given the chance! By keeping plants trimmed, you can keep an eye out for any mud tubes (tunnels used by termites). If termites become attracted to this area, you can be assured they will move quickly from your garden to the foundation and structure of your home – things such as bubbling paint and hollow walls can be a big warning sign that termites have made their way inside.
- Avoid Using Wood Mulch Adjacent to Your Home – Using mulch around the perimeter of your building could invite termites in for a feast! If you do want to use mulch close to your home, speak to your supplier about using insecticide-treated mulch.
- Repair Any Leaks – Taps, air conditioners, washing machines and water pipes should all be regularly checked for leaks, with repairs to these undertaken as soon as possible. Not only will water leaks cause your water bill to rise, it will create a moist environment that termites love.
- Check Your Drainage – Some of the systems in our homes require adequate drainage, but it is important to check that this excess water, such as water from gutters, is not dripping into the soil outside your home. Termites love moist conditions, so moist soil outside your home is an invitation to termites to move in.
- Check for Foundation Holes and Cracks – Even with a poured concrete foundation, your home can be susceptible to a termite infestation. Termites can make their way through even the smallest of spaces, so it is important to check for any holes, cracks or crevices that may appear around the foundation of your home. These cracks may be evidence of termites making a home out of your home, or they may be an easy way for termites to invade in the near future. To be safe, it is important to book an inspection for termites with The Pest Guys, before subsequently sealing any holes or cracks.
- Don’t Take Treatment into Your Own Hands – The presence of a termite mud tunnel might be daunting, and you may be tempted to try to destroy the pests with store-bought chemicals, but it is important you call in pest control professionals – such as The Pest Guys! Store-bought chemicals won’t provide you with the same termite treatment or long-term termite protection as the chemicals used by professional pest controllers.
- Use a Trusted Pest Control Company for Treatments – If termites have made their way into your home or property, it is important to use a professional pest control company to get rid of them. The Pest Guys have a variety of termite treatments available, with residual life from three to up to 17 years, depending on the chemical!
The best way to reduce your risk of termites is to have regular inspections from The Pest Guys, who can protect and promptly treat any termites that could cause damage to your home. Call our professional team today to find out how we can help to protect your home against termites!