Subterranean termites are a part of life living in the tropics, and it’s not unusual to find subterranean termites somewhere on your property from time to time. The main issue is keeping them out of your house and valued belongings like furniture etc.
There are several things you can do around your property to help reduce the risk of having to deal with a termite infestation in your house and belongings, so here are a few tips from Gavin Stoter at Pest Off Solutions that will help reduce the risk of your home to a subterranean termite infestation.
- Don’t affix trellises, fencing or landscaping to exterior walls. Try and keep your external walls clear of attachments such as these, they can provide a bridge and concealed entry into your homes, leaving these areas free of attachments etc will allow for better visibility of these high risk areas.
- Keep mulch, wood debris, timber or firewood away from your home. Mulch around homes is one of the most common areas in which Timber pest inspectors will come across termites, as a keen gardener myself I’m regularly mulching my garden beds but I often find termite activity in the mulch several weeks to months later. Stored timber and Offcuts are another thing that should be limited around your property. If keeping timber around your property I’d recommend not allowing it to have direct ground contact as this will significantly increase your likelihood of having a termite infestation.
- Trim all trees, bushes and other dense vegetation close to the house and remove dead trees or stumps in the yard. Tree stumps are notorious for harbouring Termite colonies. Very often after someone finds termites in their house they will discover that there has been a tree stump or tree somewhere outside their house full of active termites.
- Repair leaking taps and water lines, both indoors and outdoors and ensure watering systems are not in close proximity to foundations. High moisture levels close to the house pose a very high risk as subterranean termites are drawn to the high moisture content in the soil. Very often termite infestations happen around the high moisture areas of a building such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries, so make sure none of these areas have any leaks etc
- Ensure air conditioning condensate and hot water system overflow water is directed away from the foundations. Similar to above, these high moisture areas are prone to attracting termites and if possible try to divert these away from the external walls or connect them to the storm water drainage system.
- Keep all sub-floor areas clean, dry and well ventilated. Sub-floors are an area where subterranean termites are well known for entering buildings/houses as the conditions are generally favourable for termite activity. Often there is timber off cuts left on the ground in direct soil contact, high moisture levels due to poor ventilation, and limited access so the home owner can’t see the active termites gaining entry to the floorboards etc. So addressing these issues will help reduce the risk of a termite issue coming from your sub-floor.
- Seal all cracks and holes in your home’s foundation, which may provide a handy access point for termites. This is a tricky one as often these cracks and holes aren’t visible as they are below the soil levels around your home. But if you do find some exposed cracks and holes seal them up as this will help eliminate a possible entry point.
- Have a professional Termite inspector do a full timber pest inspection to your property. These inspections generally take roughly 2 hours and after the inspection you will receive a comprehensive report about things such as if any active termites were located on your property and methods to eradicate them, previous termite damage or issues in the past, fungal decay and wood rot issues, environmental conditions that can lead to termite infestations and ways you can reduce these environmental conditions to help protect your home in the future.
If you have any questions or you’d like to have a professional Termite inspector check your home for possible termite issues then please contact Pest Off Solutions.
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