1. Don’t have gardens from the house.
This is an error of monumental proportions. Worst case scenario is that the dirt in the backyard bed is built up over the weep-holes; providing the termites a straight shot through the brick course, and to the timber inside. Termites can also be attracted to dirt and moisture which is frequently present.
2. Make sure that there are no water leaks.
As I mentioned above, termites are attracted to water. Humidity is vital to maintain their workings liveable, as they only have a gentle cuticle (think shell) and can dry out quickly. Termites will seek out any water source to keep living, and if there is a leak inside your home (shower recess, faucet, drain pipe etc.) it’ll carry tannins from the timber into the ground.
3. Drainage and ventilation.
This pertains to some moisture accumulating under, or against the exterior of your property. Simple things like a hot water system overflow, or air-conditioner pipe emptied against the wall exterior is enough of an attractant to draw termites into your house. Water flowing or ponding around or under your home when it rains is also an issue. It could be as easy as installing an ag-pipe drain, or my need earthworks to fix. Bad ventilation, particularly in sub-floor locations, raises the warmth; that termites love. If it smells musty, odds are you need to acquire more air moving throughout the area.
4. Beware of stored products; particularly timber.
Having things sitting up against, or leaning on, the wall exterior may cause disaster. At best it will obscure the view of the wall so that you can’t observe a termite lead going in to the home. At worst, it will provide a “bridge” or “runway” for termites to utilize to get entrance. Timber is particularly poor, as it also brings the termites, before providing access into the house. Even if it is not right next to the home, it should be piled up on a few bricks (or alternative termite resistant substance) so that it does not supply the entree for the termites.
5. Be careful making additions.
Too frequently we see a DIY renovation in which untreated timber was placed directly into the floor, and attached to the main structure. The primary offenders are patio’s which were built in, or higher set houses that were built under. The best bet is to get a good builder (see below) to do it, or failing that, get a qualified wood pest technician to check over what you want to do beforehand. Most operators will be more than happy to advise or quote on termite protection at no charge. Should you insist on going it alone, remember, NEVER place timber in/on the floor that comes in contact with your house. Even unprotected timber sitting on concrete or brick can let termites directly in.
6. Check your yard regularly.
For those who have a fast poke around some trees, stumps or timber, and you know what a termite resembles, you may find an early warning. If you do find anything, the best bet is to call a termite specialist. The risk you run by treating them yourself is that you may have the ability to kill the termites in that certain area, although anything available to the public will transfer back to the primary colony. You might wind up scaring them out of the current food supply, and in your house.
7. Keep a watch out for the wood on your house.
Any imperfections in the wood parts of your house can be a sign of termites. When you poke it, your finger will go straight through! Be mindful of these descriptors, and you may grab them early. If you do find them , and have ruined the piece of timber they are in, put some masking or duct tape over the pit, and call a termite inspector right away. Again, I am being commercial, but there’s not any true way to get them out, and maintain them out on your own that I’m aware of. At the time of writing, all the DIY solutions I’ve seen are hit and miss at best, and charlatanry at worst.
8. Receive the best builder you can afford.
Termite protection comes standard with any new home at the time of composing. This can either be a physical barrier, a chemical barrier or both. These products may work fantastically, provided that they’re installed correctly. We’ve seen these products breached though; normally in corners of the home or in the garage. Some builders just want the piece of paper stating the work has been done. You can insist on a termite company you know has a higher standard of work to do your termite security, which can alleviate any dramas. Even if your new home includes a steel frame, termites may and do still damage large quantities of timber inside.
9. Get normal inspections.
Here is the commercial area you have been waiting for! Truthfully, having termite inspections on an annual basis will negate a good deal of stress. We search for all the factors conducive to termite attack previously, and more, in addition to assessing for termites themselves. We’ve got expensive high tech equipment such as thermal camera’s, and radar detection equipment, and a good deal of real world experience. Even in the event that you have termite protection installed, it still pays to have a review every year, to make sure something hasn’t compromised it, along with the guarantee of said security can be conditional upon it.
10. Have termite protection installed.
Again, it’s commercial, but it is an essential role in keeping out termites. For those who have a home built before 2002 in Queensland, odds are that you won’t possess any termite protection installed during construction. A typical home costs around $2000 to shield utilizing a good, non-repellant solution, in the time of writing. This will change, but if its much greater than that, get more quotes.