What are the Best Practices to Protect Against Termites?
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. They sponsor studies and research on a breadth of topics 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 in homes and offices. Here, we share some of the CSIRO’s recommendations for termite control.
White Ants or Termites?
First, if you have seen some critters that appear to be “white ants”, chances are these insects are not ants but are termites. The names white ants and termites are used interchangeably however termites are not ants. If you think you have termites on your property, contact a professional for accurate identification. You may be worried about having to treat a termite infestation with harsh and dangerous chemicals. Luckily, we have highly advanced and safe products available these days.
Termite Control and Prevention at Home
Some of the recommendations by CSIRO for termite control do not involve a chemical agent at all – just some practical methods to remove wood and moisture from around your home and buildings. Try the following examples to help you protect your home from termites.
Remove potential termite food away from buildings
Do not 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.
Termites need moisture to survive so look for any 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.
New Home Construction
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.
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 but preferably twice a year. 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 us 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.