termites, or white ants as they are sometimes known, have the capacity to devastate your home within a matter of months. The suburban regions are particularly vulnerable to termite activity, especially from the subterranean varieties. However with a termite control strategy up your sleeve, you can emerge the victor against these home-munching creatures.
Firstly, there are a few termite control preventive measures you can take around your property, to help prevent infestations, including:
Using only treated or naturally-resistant timber when building.
Removing old tree stumps from your property.
Keeping shrubbery away from the side of the house.
Ensuring good sub-floor ventilation.
Removing stacked untreated timber from contact with the ground.
Repairing leaky taps, pipes, gutters, and cracks and holes in your brickwork and roof.
Arranging regular termite pest control inspections — once or twice per year — for termite activity.
In the old days, inspections were done through visual checks. However. modern termite-detection technology methods provide a more accurate report of termite activity. These methods involve the use of heat and moisture detection devices and thermal imaging cameras, to provide the exact locations of activity and direction of movement. This means that pest controllers can accurately target areas that require chemical termite control treatments, rather than treating large areas that may not need it.
Chemical barriers in the soil around your home. These chemicals are undetectable to the termites and as they pass they carry the toxins back to the colony. Modern chemical barriers are very kind to the environment and low or non-toxic to humans.
termite baits. These can be particularly useful in some circumstances as a termite pest control method if activity is low. They are often used in combination with chemical barriers. They may also prove a useful way to monitor termite activity.
termite pest control chemicals are only available to licensed pest control professionals. It’s vital when it comes to termite treatment that it is carried out by an appropriately licensed expert.
There are many solutions to helping to rid your home of termites so study your options and do your homework. It will pay off in the end, both in cost of treatment and the cost to your home. Keeping your home free from pests will be one of the best things you can do for it.