Termite prevention is an important part of building a home. That is because termites (also called “white ants) can be and are a serious problem. In fact, the issue is so severe that according to the “Building Regulations 2006”, every new home must be termite-protected. However, around 20% of the homes in Australia are still going to be affected by termites at some point in time. We, at Fantastic Pest Control Melbourne, are here to do everything in our power to make sure that doesn’t happen. Aside from providing high-quality termite inspection and control services, we’ll also give you a few tips on termite prevention. Because as they say, “prevention is the best cure”. Check out recommendations below.
Regular Termite Inspections
Regular inspections are essential if you want to keep your home safe from white ants. The problem is that their activity is notoriously difficult to detect. That is until it’s too late (or you know exactly how to stop termites). This alone is a reason enough to utilise a professional termite inspection. However, there’s another one. When you book professional services, you also receive a guarantee and the pest technicians will take care of the termite colony for you. This will ensure your property is clean for at least a few months. The recommended period for inspections is at least once a year.
The reason for this is that you can never be sure if everything you’re doing in order to keep the termites away is actually working. Many of the tips we’ll give you below have a relatively high success rate, but still are not 100% foolproof. Regular inspections will somewhat ensure your home is protected and termite free. Furthermore, the earlier a potential infestation is caught, the better. Considering termites cause millions of dollars worth of damages annually, you shouldn’t underestimate this threat. OK, now that the warning is out of the way…
How to Keep Termites Away
It’s important that you know what is termite proofing because there are many actions you can undertake in order to keep termites away. All with various success rates. If you better understand the little vermin, the chance of keeping them away increases. Here are some of the most effective tips we can give you:
1. White ants are crazy for wet wood.
Excess dampness does wonders for their appetite and development, so ensure your home is always properly ventilated. You may not be able to feel it, but in many cases, the air in your home is more humid than optimal. If you have this problem, you can use a dehumidifier. It will also help against the accumulation of mould and mildew.
*Interesting fact: If you want to have wooden furniture but don’t want the hassle of dealing with termites then invest in termite resistant wood like pine and masonry.
2. Check plumbing and fix leakage.
This is just common sense, but still – you should fix your plumbing if you want to avoid white ants (and other types of pests). Leaks have the tendency to increase the dampness and humidity (obviously), which attracts all manner of nasty insects. Proper plumbing maintenance is essential.
3. If you’re keeping wood somewhere, keep it away from the house.
Wood piles are an open buffet for termites. The fact they’re outside also makes it impossible to control the dampness, so this creates excellent conditions for white ants to grow up big and strong. However, because they’re hungry little buggers, they won’t be happy with the wood pile and will move toward your house. Keep wood away from the house (and especially ensure there’s none of it under the house or near the foundations).
4. Ensure there’s not contact between the ground and any wooden parts of the house’s foundations.
Having your wooden foundations directly stuck in the ground is one of the surest way to get a termite infestation. Isolating them with cement or concrete would be a much better idea.
5. Apply preventative pesticides to the wooden foundations.
Poisoning their food source will definitely deter termites. They may enjoy eating wood, but they have a long-lasting habit of enjoying living more (which is why we often have to deal with them the hard way).
6. Remove vegetation near the foundations of the house.
Vegetation can sometimes hide viable termite entry points, or even working tubes the white ants use in order to operate around the house.
7. Keep the exterior of the house as well-maintained as possible.
It’s a lot more a lot more difficult for termites to infest your house if it’s well-maintained. Even simple things like glossy paint can sometimes act as a deterrent for termites. Every little thing counts.
These are the most common actions you can undertake in order to protect yourself from termites. We still recommend a professional inspection every once in awhile, just to make sure everything is fine and dandy.