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Termite prevention

Almost every home across the Western U.S. may be at risk of termite infestations, but do not lose hope. The fight against this costly pest is not all lost with professional termite control and simple measures homeowners and businesses can take to prevent against termites.

Preventing termites: Top indoor tips

The best way to prevent against termites is really to make your property as inhospitable to them as possible, here are some simple termite prevention measures to consider:

  • Seal the property, particularly doors and windows - Ensure that termites cannot gain access to the wood skeleton of your property. Seal up cracks in siding and rooftops. Given their size, termites can enter through windows with broken screens or beneath doors. Look for access points in the foundation too, and ensure all potential entry points are sealed shut.

  • Remove stored timber, debris and cellulose materials from under, in and around the property - Storing timber under, in or against your property on a soil sub-floor will provide an attractive food source and nesting site for subterranean termites. It can also hide evidence of termites invading your home. Remove any timber from basework workspaces and/or debris (dead leaves) away from the property.

  • Repair leaking taps and pipes - These include leaking taps, pipes and hot water overflow pipes under or around your home. Repairing these will reduce moisture levels, which attract subterranean termites close to or under your property.

  • Mop up moisture - Moisture is essential for a termite colony to thrive. Termites will gladly use puddles of water found in or around a property. Make sure the property is well-aired and kept dry.

  • Regularly inspect wood furniture and floors - In addition to the joists, wooden beams and other wooden structures, termites will gladly feast on wooden deck furniture or hardwood floors around your property.

  • Tidy up clothing piles - You may not think of termites eating clothing, but the cellulose they feed on can be found in fabrics, too. This means old piles of clothes can be a source of food to termites.

  • Ensure that vents to subfloor areas are never blocked - Substandard ventilation in the sub-floor areas of your property will result in high humidity and high moisture levels. Good ventilation and extraction fans where necessary are essential to reduce the risk from subterranean termites.

  • Divert all hot water services & air conditioning overflows away from the side of the house - Ensure all downspouts are properly connected.

  • Regularly check that termite shielding is not damaged or breached in any way - While metal strips or ant caps around the foundation of your home do not prevent termite entry, they force termites out into the open where they can be detected with regular termite inspections.

Preventing termites: Top tips for outside your home

Take steps to protect the entire exterior of your home against termites to ensure no points of entry along the perimeter of the property. Here are some simple termite prevention measures to consider:

  • Remove wood piles - Do not store stacks of wood against your home or property and remove old, rotted, damp logs and tree trunks, so termites don’t build their nests there.

  • Fix the roof if its broken - Termites don't require much space to reach the soft, chewy wood skeleton of your property, broken roof tiles offer the perfect access.

  • Use only termite treated timber in garden beds, retaining walls or fence posts. - Do not use untreated timbers to form garden beds or retaining walls, as these will attract termites to your property.

  • Construct timber fences and support posts with a two inch clearance between the timbers and the soil. - Often the bases of timber fence palings and/or sub-floor timbers breach the soil surface. This allows termites access without detection. Galvanized post shoes that elevate the timber off the ground are available from any good hardware store.

  • Keep your garden neat - Termites will use overgrowth from gardens or the lawn to gain access to your home. Keep the garden tended, grass trimmed and overgrowth away from the house.

  • Don’t allow climbing plants or bushy gardens to grow against the structure - Climbing plants growing against the side of the structure of your property provide termites undetected entry points.

  • Do not plant trees known to send roots under slabs close to the property - The roots of some plants can penetrate the foundations of your property, allowing termites access that is very difficult to locate. Avoid those trees and allow at least a one foot clearance when planting.

  • Remove dead trees or stumps - Dead trees and stumps are ideal termite nesting sites. Remove these or have them treated to reduce the risk to your property.

  • Be aware: building alterations or additions may change previous termite protection, sometimes rendering them ineffective - Adding a gazebo, new awnings, concrete slab extensions, or even plumbing can provide a route of entry for termites into the property across termite protection barriers previously applied.

  • Ensure all formwork timber is removed after construction - Termites can often attack formwork and use it to gain access into your home.

Western Exterminator - Your local termite control experts

If you suspect that termites have already set up nest and are causing damage, contact your local Western Exterminator office and bring in the termite control specialists. Since 1921, Western Exterminator has been developing the most comprehensive termite removal solutions to protect your home and business against termites:


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