How to Identify Termites
Termite prevention is key to ensure termites do not attack your home.
Termites are a soft-bodied social group of insects of the scientific order Isoptera. Due to their way of life and eating habits they are able to cause severe damage to homes at a steady rate. It is very easy to distinguish termites from other similar small insects by simply comparing some of their traits such as the abdomen. The termites’ abdomen broadly connects the thorax unlike some other insects such as ants where there is a slender petiole that connects these segments. Moreover, the antennae of termites are threadlike or beadlike which is another one of their distinguishing features. Since termites tend to primarily eat wood, it is very necessary to have some sort of basic prevention measures. If you don’t, you might suffer an infestation from them without even realising it.
Termite prevention is very important if you do not want to suffer from an infestation. Nowadays, most of us tend to opt for more eco-friendly techniques for almost anything that we do. However, when it comes to stopping termites, time is not on your side. There is no one out there who would like to see their house damaged to such a great extent that it needs major repairs. Therefore it is crucial to ensure a pest prevention plan is in place to protect your home.
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There are several known natural methods that you can use for pest prevention. However, these methods are not a silver bullet. There is a very popular phrase that can be applied to this situation that goes “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. If you have nothing that may be the cause of a termite infestation then you have nothing to worry about. One of the best ways that you can start with is to move the things first.
Make regular inspections of your home for optimal pest prevention. Always monitor your home very carefully and keep tabs on any damages to make sure that they have not been made by termites. Ensuring there are no water leaks inside or outside your home will prevent termites from multiplying. Constantly check the plumbing, replace old taps, and pay attention for any kind of drips or leaks. Boric acid powder is very effective and can be easily bought from any hardware, home improvement and even drug stores. You can also paint or spray the wood that is on the outside of your home. Treating the wood with boric acid before any use; and spraying it regularly.
A green termite bait system. This system can be installed outside of your property. Since wood is known to attract termites, these systems have wooden base. When the termite approaches the wood a poisonous lace replaces it on which the insect then proceeds to feast on. After that, the termite carries the poisonous food to the whole colony. This is a great device that can be found in many stores.
A barrier treatment. This is one of the most economical ways for getting rid of termites home. It uses different termite products such as Termidor as a barrier. Fripnoil is an active substance that can be found in Termidor. It acts by attracting the termites to itself and then once they have entered the affected area they die off slowly.
If you are an owner of a property that is made up of wood then termite prevention should be on your top priorities list. It is a very important thing that most of the people have to do, whether they own a house or not. If you do not take the appropriate measures you might have to use the services of a professional pest controller to help you get rid of the insects.
These companies commonly use some kind of chemical to treat termites. Nowadays there is a wide variety of more eco-friendly chemicals that can help in controlling termites. These chemicals are safer and more effective in solving termite problems than the ones from the past. However, the best way to make sure that you do not suffer an attack is by following these prevention notes.
You probably have already heard of what termite infestation can be like and how dangerous it might be for the safety of your family and your property alike. As a matter of fact, if you are living in a wooden house they are really capable of bringing it down to the ground. The main food source of termites is wood and they are truly hard to spot which means that there might be an infestation going on without you even noticing. Termites usually eat from inside out so it will take quite some time for any signs of an infestation to show up and become noticeable. This is why one of the best ways that you can fight these pests is by using regular prevention methods before anything has even happened.
Another thing that you should constantly check is all of the flowers around your home. If they are located near wooden walls then there might be molds formed there which can be attract termites as well as other pests. You should always water your plants with a sprinkler so that you will keep them from causing any moisture on the walls.
One of the things that you have to do as part of your termite control campaign is to have yearly inspections of your home carried out by a professional pest controller. You have to monitor your property and thoroughly check for any signs of damage that have occurred. As with any other living species, water is essential for the survival of termites. Because of this, you have to make sure that there are no leaks either in or around your house. Regular maintenance of your home through termite inspections will reduce the risk of termite infestation.
Make sure that you do regular checks on all of the plumbing and also replace any old washers. Paying attention and getting rid of any leaks and drips will remove favourable termite habitats. Another thing that you should take care of is to regularly clean your gutter and drain pipes so that there is no standing water anywhere near your home at any point.
Making regular checks for any presence of termites or their nests is a must. A good thing to know is that dry termites leave characteristic piles of dirt after them underneath any wooden structures. This can help you to find out if there is an infestation going on during the regular inspections that you make. Subterranean termites, which are a different class of termites, can be distinguished by the fact that they leave mud tunnels in the places where they travel. These are some characteristics that can help you find out with what kind of termites you are dealing with. On the other hand, a good idea might be to call a professional pest controller as they will know what signs to look for and where.
It is worth noting that building a home using termite resistant woods such as cedar, redwood and juniper will prevent pest infestations including termites.
On the other hand, if your home is still being built, you can try putting polyethylene in the spaces that are under the foundations of the floor so that you could prevent any moisture from gathering there because of the seeping in the floor frames. This is one of the best prevention methods as it will ensure that they will have no source of water and thus no way to survive and strive there.
A not so well known fact is that termites are not able to pass through sand. This is why piling up sand barriers can really protect your home. They will know other good ways that you will make your home safer. Additionally they could offer you an inspection as well as constant monitoring so that even if you suffer from an infestation it is found in time and taken care of before any significant damage has been done.
These are just some of the many methods that you can try so that you can protect your home from infestations. Follow these measures and you will keep your home safe for many years to come. If you still struggle with termites or if you want a complete pest solution that involves not only protecting your family from from spiders hiding in areas you haven’t noticed, but also other pests such as rats, cockroaches and bed bugs, contact professional services. For more good termite treatment and prevention methods you can contact Robert Taboas on (02) 8007 4666 and ask for advice.