Termites are probably one of the most destructive pests on earth and Australia like many other countries has experienced the widespread devastation they can cause. These tiny silent creatures prefer living in dark and moist places and breed at a very steady pace. They build a primary nest in one area where they breed and build colonies.
Before long they begin to spread out in multiple directions and build secondary nests at different places. They are more likely to find their way towards properties that have moist soil conditions or timber in their structures. These pests eat away at the wooden features in your home or commercial structure and can cause a significant amount of damage within a short period of time.
How to reduce the risk of a termite infestation
While it not possible to predict where a termite infestation will spread and when, there are always some things you can do to reduce the risk of termites on your property:
- Since termites are attracted to wood, it’s important that you focus on building a home that isn’t an open invitation to these creatures. If your house is closer to the ground, that increases the risk of a termites attack.
- If you are getting your home built, include a basic form of termite protection into the structure. We at Forensic Pest Control provide pre-construction termite treatments. These treatments are applied in stages while the building is under construction. This helps protect the structure from the base.
- In the case of an existing structure, you can opt for termite prevention As part of these plans, we will send our expert technicians over to your home; they will use the latest technology to inspect the property and ascertain whether there are any signs of termites, Early detection also means early treatment and the infestation can be nipped in the bud in case any is found.
- Make it a point to store fire wood away from the exterior walls of your home structure, since termites are attracted to wood.
- It’s also important that you spread mulch at least 3 feet away from the exterior walls of your home.
- Fix leaking taps and pipes in the exterior and interiors of your home. Termites are attracted to damp places and it’s important to eliminate those.
- Many people feel that termites don’t attack concrete structures; but the fact is they do; they can enter into you home through cracks in the foundation and since they are extremely tiny, that becomes quite easy for them. Once you get the preventive treatment done, you should also get all the exterior walls of your foundation checked for minute cracks and have them filled; this helps prevents the entry of these pests.
If you have noticed any signs of termite activity on your property or suspect there may be a termite infestation, feel free to call Forensic Pest Control on -1300 360 457. This online form can be used to send across queries.