Termite Prevention Tips
When it comes to gaining access to your home, termites are amazingly proficient. The last thing you want to do is make their job easier. Follow the four steps below to make sure that your home doesn't become their home.
Step 1 – Be Vigilant and Aware
Most termite infestations are uncovered after a vacuum cleaner or broom head disappears into the skirting board. Before getting to this stage, look for signs of potential termite infestations such as areas of rippling paint in walls, skirting boards, window and door frames, as well as mud spotting or mud tunnels. But even if you don't notice any of these signs, that doesn't necessarily mean termites, or the conditions that invite them, are not there. If you have any doubts or concerns it is imperative that you get the help of a professional Accredited Termidor Applicator to conduct a thorough inspection of your home.
Step 2 – Get a Professional
Regular inspections by a licensed Accredited Termidor Applicator are the best way to help ensure your home truly is, and remains, free from termites and the damage that they cause. A qualified Accredited Termidor Applicator has the training in termite biology and behaviour to identify, prevent and treat termite infestations. An Accredited Termidor Applicator will perform a thorough inspection of your home to determine if, where and how termites are getting in and provide a solution to prevent further damage and protect your home from future termite infestations.
Step 3 – Ask for Termidor
If the inspection reveals termites, your Accredited Termidor Applicator can get rid of them and keep them from returning. If it appears that your home is currently free of termites, congratulations! Now, it's time for your Accredited Termidor Applicator to take preventative action to ensure it stays that way. For the fastest, most effective way to address either situation, your Accredited Termidor Applicator should recommend Termidor. If this does not happen ring the free-call Termidor Hotline on 1800 006 393 for some free expert advice.
Step 4 – Follow Up
A clean bill of health from a doctor today doesn't mean it's not important for you to get regular check-ups in the future. Your home after a Termidor treatment is no different. Regular check-ups by your Accredited Termidor Applicator will make sure Termidor continues to do its job and that your home remains termite-free.
There are also some things that you can do to ensure you lessen the chance of attracting termites to your house:
- Don't affix trellises, fencing or landscaping to exterior walls.
- Keep mulch, wood debris, timber or firewood away from your home.
- Trim all trees, bushes and other dense vegetation close to the house and remove dead trees or stumps in the yard.
- Repair leaking taps and water lines, both indoors and outdoors and ensure watering systems are not in close proximity to foundations.
- Fix leaky roofs, gutters and downpipes and don't allow leaves to accumulate in gutters and drains.
- Ensure air conditioning condensate and hot water system overflow water is directed away from the foundations.
- Keep all sub-floor areas clean, dry and well ventilated.
- Seal all cracks and holes in your home's foundation, which may provide a handy access point for termites.