Termite Prevention For Homeowners
Prevention is Key to a Termite Free Home
At Zero Termite and Pest, we are passionate about termite prevention and are always happy to provide preventative advice, before it is too late.
Termites have proven to be the most destructive pest and have already caused Australian homeowners millions of dollars in damages. They have the ability to live undetected for months and, in some cases, years.
Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks to prevent such infestations from happening. There are a number of things a homeowner can do to protect themselves and their properties from termite infestations. We encourage the tips given below as a general guide for termite prevention.
Subterranean Termites: More commonly known as White Ants, Subterranean Termites are the most common and most destructive termite. They need moisture to survive and will make their nests near and under the ground and branch out in search of moisture and food.
Drywood termites: These insects live in small colonies and inside pieces of dead timber or furniture. Such colonies can go undetected for years and can cause significant damage if left untreated.
Dampwood Termites: This species relies on moisture for survival and are most likely to nest outside in damp and rotten wood near the ground. If found nesting inside, there is an indication of an additional moisture problem.
Termite Prevention: Do I Have Termites?
It is often said that prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to dealing with termite infestations. Termites cause considerable damage, thus precautionary steps are crucial to a termite-free home.
When feeding, termites eat from the inside out, leaving only a thin layer of wood and no structural integrity. Termites can remain hidden for months and even years but can be identified through careful inspections.
Keep an eye out for these termite infestation signs:
Hollow Sounding Wood: These wooden structures will become soft, weak and can be easily damaged with a finger or tool.
Mud Structures: If wooden structures have mud tunnel attached and inside the wood, this is a tell-tale sign of a termite infestation.
Small Heaps of Loose soil: These can be found next to skirtings, door frames or around the external perimeter of the house
Bare Patches of Grass: If bare, round patches are found in generally healthy grass, there may be a termite colony below.
Termite Prevention: Chemical Barriers or Bait Stations?
Signs of a termite infestation can be difficult to detect and by the time you start seeing signs, these pests have already had time to damage your property. There are only two ways to reliably protect a home from termites: Chemical Barriers or Bait Stations. The choice between a chemical barrier and bait stations are often dependent on the size and location of the infestation as well as your pest control needs and requirements.
A chemical barrier requires the injection termiticide into the soil around a home to create a complete barrier between the building and the ground. This technique blocks all potential routes of termite entry. If you are looking for an eco-friendly alternative a bait station offers a less intrusive option. These bait stations are strategically placed around the foundation perimeter. When termites come to feed, the bait immediately begins to use those termite workers against the colony that sent them, slowly passing from one termite to the next, all the way to the queen.
The Sentricon always active system is the ideal termite baiting solution. Bait filled plastic cylinders are strategically placed around your property and are continually monitored to ensure effective termite management.
No matter your termite control needs, Zero Termite and Pest will arm you will all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your home. For More Information read about Chemical Barriers or Bait Stations.
Termite Prevention and Your Business
We already know how devastating termite infestations can be to our homes, causing thousands of dollars in property damage every year. However, have you ever thought about how a termite infestation might affect your business? In addition to the extensive structural damages they cause, termites could have severe consequences for your business’s reputation, brand and profits.
You may think that areas with high-traffic and little grass or vegetation, ensure that your building is safe from a termite infestation. This is not always the case your business is at just as much at risk of termites as your home. Much like other pests that can attack retail businesses, such as cockroaches, ants, wasps and bed bugs, termites have a negative impact on your clients’ shopping experience and perception of your business.
Often, it takes just one pest sighting to raise questions for customers about the cleanliness and quality of your retail business. If customers see any type of “pest” activity caused by termites, they can be put off from returning to your business in the future. These impacts can have a direct influence on your earning potential and revenues. Additionally, any repairs you needed have to come out of your earnings as most insurance policies do not cover structural damages caused by termites.
If you have concerns about termites damaging your property, be sure to give us a call to organise a termite inspection. Our Commercial Termite prevention services provide a client-centric experience. We guarantee professional and effective termite treatments which will last you for years to come. Contact Zero Termite and Pest for expert commercial termite control services
Termite Prevention Tips
Termites are extremely opportunistic pests and find creative ways to invade your property. For the best termite prevention, we recommend the following options depending on your building type and situation as follows:
Seal gaps around water and gas lines as well as reduce wood-to-ground contact in places where they may enter your home. In addition to removing these access points into your home, you also can treat wood with termiticide.
Reduce Food Sources:
Storing timber under, in or against your property will provide an attractive food source for termites. Remove and store any timber and/or debris, such as dead leaves, away from your property.
Reduce Excess Moisture:
Moisture is essential for a termite colony to thrive. Make sure water does not pool and your property is kept as dry as possible. Fix all broken drains, stormwater pipes and leaks. Ensure you plumb your hot water system and air-conditioner overflows away from the house to prevent ideal termite breeding conditions.
Wood makes up the majority of a termite’s diet. Regularly check used lumber, dead trees and wooden fences. Ensure garden beds or heavy foliage are not abutting your house.
Regular Pest Inspections:
Regular termite inspections help ensure that your home and property remain termite-free as well as help in the early detection of termite activity and infestation. Thus swift action can be taken before further damage can be caused to your home.
Termite Prevention: Think You’ve Got Termites?
Zero Termite and Pest Have Got You Covered
For effective Termite Prevention, Zero Termite and Pest recommend annual termite inspections to ensure your home is termite-free. All our Pest inspections are in compliance with the requirements of the Australian Standard.
We offer a range of comprehensive termite pest control, such as termite bait stations and chemical barriers. Our certified technicians are knowledgeable and are able to inform and recommend the best solution to your infestation problem.
Such treatments can help protect your home against future infestations.
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