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Termite or ‘white ant’ infestations

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Termite  infestations treatment and prevention in homes. If you do you have termites in or around your home? Here are some Tips that can help prevent damage. Common name often used ”

Many insects are confused with termites, especially ants. Termites are commonly referred to as ‘white ants’ because of their whitish pale appearance.

The Tips for the home owner  remembering these facts :

  • termites are attracted to wood, so remove potential termite food away from buildings – their food can include timber stacks, old stumps, building refuse, garden decoration such as sleepers and logs
  • waste timber from construction activities is often left in place or stored under the house – remove all timber formwork
  • timber can be treated to prevent termite attack, and some timbers are naturally resistant – use treated or naturally resistant timber when it is in contact with, or close to, soil
  • termites are attracted to water, so fix leaking water pipes, drains, showers, sinks etc, plus capture water from air conditioning units
  • termites prefer humid conditions, so keep air under the house dry by improving sub-floor ventilation, drainage and access
  • termites cannot chew through properly laid concrete, so ensure concrete slab is properly designed, compacted, and cured

Regular inspections are the most important part of controlling termites before they do any damage. Therefore:

  • arrange regular inspections –Australian Standards AS 3600.2 recommends routine for timber pest inspections at least annually.
  • Inspect during periods of high termite activity – early spring to late summer
  • keep the edges of the house (slabs, foundation, piers and stumps) clear of excess timbers, including garden beds and vegetation
  • professional pest controllers are trained in inspecting houses for termite activity – use their services
  • home owners can inspect houses themselves more frequently ,if they can identify termite activity.