Best Practices for Termite Control at Home

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Our press team just crafted a news release about some tips shared by the scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, CSIRO.  This organisation is one of Australia’s scientific gems sponsoring studies and research in all things important to the sustainability of Australia’s natural resources while finding ways for business and communities to thrive.  The Home Termite Control leadership team is committed to finding the most environmentally sound methods for pest and termite control at home and office. We wanted to share some of the recommendations for termite control posted by CSIRO because they matched well with our philosophy.

First, if you’ve seen something that appears to be “white ants” chances are these insects are not ants, but are termites.  Some of the recommendations by CSIRO for termite control don’t involve a chemical agent at all – just some practical methods to remove wood and moisture from around your home and buildings.  Examples include:

Remove potential termite food away from buildings: don’t keep lumber, timber or old furniture near or around the exterior of buildings.   This includes storing waste timber under buildings or even in the rafters.  Termites can easily climb up to storage areas and set up a diner in the stacked wood. Yes, treated lumber is not so attractive, but chances are all the leftover lumber is not treated and termites will feast on it.

However, when building, always use treated lumber especially those timbers that come in contact with the soil. There are also termite control products that can be applied to slabs and foundations as part of the building process.

Termites need moisture to survive so look for a areas that are perpetually damp and remove the source of water.   This includes fixing leaking water pipes, drains, showers, air conditioning units and faulty drainage sections on the house.  Consider adding ventilation to cellars and crawl spaces to keep those areas dry.

Remove clutter from around the foundation of buildings including landscaped areas around the house.  Professional termite control experts are trained in inspecting houses for termite activity and know how to find termites in those areas that most people never venture into.

Regular inspections are the most important part of a solid termite control plan.  Therefore, arrange regular inspections – at least once a year and preferably twice a year.  Definitely have a termite inspection during the early spring to late summer as this is when termite activity is high.

Give us a call on 02 9454 7774 or 1300 Catch today and let’s get your home protected from termites.  An ounce of termite control to prevent termites is much better than discovering thousands of dollars of damage to your property.


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