TERMITE PREVENTION TIPS

There are many things you can do to help prevent termites from getting into your home. Here are some suggestions and recommendations:

 

Perform regular termite inspections. Regular termite inspections will allow you to identify areas conductive to termites. Early detection will limit damage and save you on costly repairs.

Termites are attracted to wood, so remove potential termite food away from buildings their food can include timber stacks, old stumps, cardboard, paper products, garden decoration such as sleepers and logs. Any time there is direct wood or soil contact it creates an ideal condition for termite infestation.

Do not place plants too close to structures. When plants are growing close to buildings they provide food and moisture for termites. It also makes it difficult to see any signs of damage.

Termites prefer humid conditions so keep air under the house dry by improving sub-floor ventilation, drainage and access.

Remove sources of moisture eg: water heater overflows and air conditioners which are not directed to a drain, leaking and dripping taps, faulty plumbing and tiling in showers, baths and kitchens.

Waste timber from construction activities is often left in place or stored under the house –remove all timber off cuts and form works.

Avoid landscaping with bark and irrigation systems against the house.

Check all gutters and downpipes and make sure that the water ends up well away from the house. Ideally downpipes should connect to drains. If you don't have any of these, at least redirect water well away from the house. Downpipes which regularly splash near the structure may be supplying an irresistible source of moisture.

 

 

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