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May 4, 2021

How to prevent a termite infestation within your home?

Termites have the unique potential to cause thousands or in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage inside of your home as a result of their cellulose diet. Cellulose is found in wood, meaning that your homes internal is at significant risk of being infested and eaten away at. With one in three Australian homes being at risk of significant termite damage, it is evident that the prevention of a termite infestation is essential. Whilst the best method to ensure termites do not enter your home is to arrange for regular termite inspections, it is evident that homeowners need to look for the signs and know how to prevent a termite infestation from occurring. Below is a list of 3 ways to prevent a termite infestation from occurring within your home.

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Know the signs of a termite infestation: knowing the various signs of a termite infestation is essential to prevention. There are many easy ways to tell if termites have infested or intend to infest your home. These signs can be found by looking for mud-based tubes, looking for flying termites and by knocking on the walls. Searching for mud-based tubes can be incredibly difficult due to their small size, however subterranean termites will utilize these mud-based tubes to prevent exposure from the open and enter your home. In order to find these mud-based tubes, look for possible points of entry into your home such as minor cracks in the external walls. If you spot a mud-based tube leading into the area of the wall, it is a good sign that a termite infestation has begun. Another sign is looking out for flying termites. These flying termites’ role is to search for locations to start a new colony. If you see these small, white winged pests, it is a clear sign that there are termites nearby. This is especially a concern if the flying termite is spotted inside of your home. Finally, a clear sign of a termite infestation can be found by knocking on the walls of your home. Often walls with termite damage will sound hollowed out and different to walls without termite damage. Be sure to listen for falling pieces of timber as well. If you encounter any of these signs it is critical that you arrange for a termite inspection and if required a subsequent termite treatment as soon as possible to avoid any or more termite damage from occurring.

Keep wood away from your home: It is important to keep wood-based products as far away from your home as possible. Many termite issues will occur when wood is situated close to your home’s external walls. If termites find wood near a crack in your home’s external walls, then there is a good chance that they will enter inside the walls of your home and begin eating away at its wooden frame. If the wood is on or in the ground near your home, then the risks of a termite infestation grown significantly higher. This is primarily due to the fact that the most common and dangerous species of termite travels underground, therefore giving them direct access to food, moisture, and worst of all your homes wooden frame. Gardens and wooden outdoor furniture are generally the main perpetrators when it comes to wood-based products that attract the attention of termites. In order to prevent a termite infestation from occurring it is generally a good idea to avoid purchasing wooden outdoor furniture and substituting it with plastic or metal-based furniture. Additionally, it is recommended that gardens be kept at a minimum of one meter away from your home’s external walls. If you notice that termites have infested wood-based products close to your home’s exterior. It is vital that you keep these arrange for a termite treatment immediately.

Remove dead stumps and logs from your property: Old tree stumps and logs are prime targets for a termite infestation. This is primarily due to the moist nature of this dead wood which easily attracts termites. If dead tree stumps or logs are not removed from your property, it is easy for them to quickly become infested. Eventually a flying termite from this colony will go out in search of new colony location, and if your home is close by, it could easily become a target. Ensure that you remove all dead stumps and logs from your property as soon as possible in order to prevent a termite infestation.

Whilst the above methods of termite prevention can be effective, it is evident that they are no sure guarantee of keeping termites away for good. If you suspect that your house has been infested with termites, it is vital to call a professional termite control expert such as the ones at Multipest to come and complete a termite treatment immediately. Multipest has over 20-years in industry experience servicing houses in south east Queensland. We treat and inspect termites Redlands, termites Bayside and we also do Termidor treatments Brisbane as well as many other locations.