Just mention termites and you’ll strike fear in the heart of any home owner!
While the only way to know for certain is to have your home checked out by a reputable pest control service, there are several things you can do to make an infestation less likely.
Termites are attracted to wood so move any potential food source well away from the building. This means stacks of timber, firewood, and no storing the leftovers from your latest DIY project under the house! Tree stumps are a popular nesting place too so get rid of those.
Termites are also attracted to water so get busy fixing up any leaking pipes, drains, sinks or showers. They also prefer humid conditions so keep the area under your house dry by having enough sub- floor ventilation and drainage.
Some timbers are naturally resistant to termites, but others can be treated. Use one of these timbers if it will be in contact or close to the soil. When possible, choose a building material that termites can’t chew through, like steel, or properly laid concrete.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to termites. They can cause extensive structural damage before you know it, so no mucking about! Get your termite prevention plan in place ASAP!! Make sure your plan includes regular inspections from a reputable pest control service.
Have a look at www.csiro.au and search termites for lots more info.