Termites cause frustration – this is a simple fact to which many Australian homeowners will attest. After a long, hard day at work, the last thing you want to see upon arrival at home is a termite infestation. With this in mind, here are some tips to keep these pests away from your safe haven!
Lose the Moisture
Above all else, know that pests are often attracted to a home because of the moisture that exists in and around the property. Therefore, eliminating this moisture will make your home less attractive to termites and many other pests.
What if you live in a humid environment and moisture is inevitable? We recommend investing in a dehumidifier. When the hotter months come around, use the air conditioning to eliminate moisture and create an environment that termites hate.
Declutter Your Home
While on the topic of creating an environment that termites dislike, you should also declutter your home every so often. Especially if you’re finding it difficult to remove moisture from your home, don’t then keep lots of old magazines, newspapers, papers, cardboard, and similar materials. Why? Because termites will love making a home with these materials.
If you’ve already experienced termite problems, throw all of these materials in the bin rather than recycling them or donating them.
Check for Leaks
Termites also look for decayed roofs and moisture created from leaks in a home, so check your property for these issues. If you spot a leak, work towards a fix straight away. If you’re worried about your ability to spot and fix a leak, contact an inspection company, and they will perform the job on your behalf. They will inspect basements, lofts, roofs, walls, and all other areas of your home for both termites and weaknesses that could lead to termites.
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In particular, you should look out for leaks in the basement since this is closer to the ground than all other rooms. With a leak below the ground in a basement, it won’t be long before termites start to attack.
While on the topic of inspections, these services provide incredible value and peace of mind for homeowners. Businesses like Jims Building Inspections have the experience, knowledge, and equipment to spot potential issues and find a resolution before the problem grows.
Keep Wood and Soil Apart
If you have furniture and other items in the garden, try to keep all wood apart from the soil. Otherwise, it won’t be long before termites start to attack when searching for a new home. If you’re unsure of the distance between wood and soil in your garden, why not place cement or stones in between the two to remove all doubt? With this physical barrier in place, termites can’t access the wood, and your investment is protected.
Use a Termite Repellent
Sometimes, you want to eliminate all risk and use a termite repellent so that you can sleep easy and not worry about pests at all. In this case, you’ll find all sorts of sprays on the market. Additionally, you should treat wood with borate before painting or adding any other finish. As a repellent, this will soak into the wood and ensure that any termite attempting a nibble has a terrible experience.
After applying the spray:
- Wait for the wood to dry, and then apply the finish or paint as normal.
- Remember, if you’re concerned, contact a home inspector to identify weak spots and deal with potential issues.
- If you’ve already been attacked, put all termite-infested items in the sun because these pests hate heat.