TIPS ON REDUCING TERMITE RISK AROUND YOUR HOME
When it comes to reducing the risk of termites around your home, there are a few things that you can do. Here are some of the most common reasons termites may attack your home and some helpful hints on what you can do to deter these termites from destroying your property.
- Termites nest underground so the closer your house is to the ground, the greater the risk that it will be attacked by termites. For the same reason soil levels higher than the concrete slab of the house, put the house at a much higher risk for termite attack. Having pavers, paths or gardens above slab level, will also increase the risk of termite attack even more. We recommend that any such exterior structures and especially any structures with a concrete floor, be at least 50mm to 75mm away from the edge of the slab. This slight exposure will allow easy detection of any termites when an inspection is carried out.
- People tend to believe that only wooden houses and especially wooden flooring are prone to termite attack. However, it is not only wooden floors that are susceptible to termites. In fact, a concrete slab is in more danger of being attacked by termites than the timber floor of a house built off the ground. When a building is raised off the ground, even if only by a few centimeters, it is easy to detect any termite activity. But in the case of a house built on the ground, termites can enter over the edge of a concrete slab without being detected.
- When doing maintenance to a home, drainage and pipes should be checked on a regular basis. Termites like moisture and will be attracted to a house that has poor drainage and leaking pipes under or around it. By improving any sub floor ventilation, you will help reduce the risk of termite attack on your house. Again, having a house raised above ground level, is your best guard against these pests destroying your property.
- Any house or structure with joints, run a greater risk of being attacked by termites. When doing alterations or building extensions to a house, termites may find it easy to enter under concealment of the joints between slabs, foundation walls abutting together or engaged piers.
A visual Timber Pest or Termite Inspection is only the first step in your war against termite attack. It does not treat or prevent the invasion of these pests and if termites are found during a visual inspection, recommendations are given and further steps will need to be taken to protect your most valuable asset.
It is important to note that all visual Timber Pest Inspections are no form of treatment or prevention of termite entry into your property and should only be relied on as the first step in protecting your most valuable asset. When was the last time you had a visual Timber Pest Inspection carried out?
Call Forensic Pest Management Services today and take the first step in protecting your valuable asset!
If you haven’t had a Visual Timber Pest Inspection carried out within the last 6-12 months , now is the time to make sure that these pests haven’t found a way to sneak into your house undetected. Call Forensic Pest Management Services today to book an appointment to have a Visual Termite Inspection carried out. It will be your first step in protecting your property.