1. Don’t have gardens from the residence.
This is an error of monumental proportions. Worst case scenario is that the dirt from the garden bed is built up above the weep-holes; giving the termites a straight shot through the brick course, and to the timber inside. Termites are also attracted to dirt and moisture that’s frequently present. Wildlife also love gardens, if you encounter any pesky animals contact Fort Lauderdale FL Squirrel Removal.
2. Make certain that there are no water leaks.
As I mentioned previously, termites are drawn to water. Humidity is vital to keep their workings liveable, as they simply have a soft cuticle (believe shell) and may dry out quickly. Termites will find any water supply to keep living, and if there’s a leak inside your house (shower recess, faucet, drain pipe ) it will carry tannins in the wood into the soil. You might also put up a “food this way” sign.
This refers to some moisture accumulating under, or against the outside of your house. Simple things such as a hot water system overflow, or air-conditioner pipe emptied against the wall exterior is enough of an attractant to draw termites in your residence. Poor ventilation, particularly in sub-floor locations, raises the warmth; which termites love. If it smells musty, chances are you will have to acquire more air moving through the area.
4. Beware of stored goods; especially wood.
Having matters sitting against, or leaning on, the wall exterior can cause disaster. At best it will obscure the view of the wall so you can not observe a termite lead going into the home. At worst, it will provide a “bridge” or “runway” for termites to utilize to gain entrance. Timber is especially bad, as it also brings the termites, prior to providing access to this house. Even if it isn’t right next to the house, it should be piled up on some bricks (or other termite resistant substance) so it does not supply the entree for the termites.
5. Be cautious making additions.
Too often we visit a DIY renovation where untreated timber was placed directly into the floor, and attached to the primary structure. The main offenders are patio’s that were constructed in, or high set houses that were built under. Most operators are more than happy to advise or estimate on termite protection free of charge. Even unprotected timber sitting on concrete or brick can let termites directly in.
6. Check your yard regularly.
If you get a quick poke around any trees, stumps or wood, and you know what a termite looks like, you might find an early warning. If you do find anything, the best choice would be to phone a termite specialist. The risk you run by handling yourself is you can have the ability to kill the termites in that certain area, although anything available to the public will transfer back to the primary colony. You may wind up scaring them from their current food source, and in your house.
7. Keep a watch out for the timber in your house.
Any imperfections in the wood parts of your house can be a sign of termites. When you poke it, your finger will proceed through! Be mindful of these descriptors, and you may catch them early. Again, I’m being commercial, but there’s not any true way to get them out, and maintain them out on your own that I am aware of. In the time of writing, all the DIY solutions I have seen are hit and miss at best, and charlatanry in worst.
8. Receive the best builder you can afford.
Termite protection comes standard with any new home at the time of writing. This can be a physical barrier, a chemical barrier or both. These products can work fantastically, as long as they’re installed correctly. We have seen these products breached though; normally in corners of the house or in the garage. Some contractors just want the piece of paper saying the work was done. You can insist on a termite company you know has a high standard of work to perform your termite protection, which may alleviate any dramas. Even if a brand new house has a steel framework, termites may and do still damage large amounts of timber inside.
9. Get normal inspections.
Here is the commercial part you’ve been waiting for! Truthfully, having termite inspections on an annual basis will negate a good deal of stress. We search for all of the factors conducive to termite attack previously, and more, as well as checking for termites themselves. We have expensive high tech equipment like thermal camera, and radar detection gear, and a good deal of real world expertise. Even in the event that you have termite protection installed, it still pays to have a review every year, to make sure something hasn’t compromised it, along with the warranty of said security is often conditional upon it.
10. Have termite protection .
Again, it’s commercial, but it is an essential part in keeping out termites. If you have a home built before 2002 in Queensland, chances are that you won’t possess some termite protection installed during building. An average home prices around $2000 to shield utilizing a great, non-repellant solution, in the time of writing. This will change, but when its much greater than that, get more quotations.