If you are looking for some household, do-it-yourself ways for termite control, then you know the devastation that these pests could bring to your home. Australia is home to around 350 species of termites, 20 of which are of the destructive kind. Termites love dark and moist environments and if left unattended, they could not only destroy your home but also endanger your family in it.
There are several ways that you can do to prevent a termite infestation in your home. Termites are active all-year-round, especially during the summer season. If you are wondering when is the right time to tackle these destructive pests, the answer is right now.
If you think your home is suffering from termite inspection, contact Masters Pest Control, the top termite control specialist in Sydney. Call (02) 8007 4666 and request a free quote.
Tips on how you can help with termite control
Ready to hunt these nasty little pests? Here are 5 ways you didn’t know can help with termite control.
Learn how to identify a termite infestation.
In order to learn termite control, you need to learn the telltale signs of a termite infestation. There are a lot of resources from the internet on the types of termites in Australia as well as their diet and behaviour. Learning how to identify termites from other insects can help you determine the next course of action.
Some the signs that point to a termite infestation include:
- Swarm of winged insects near light sources
- Mud-like tunnels on walls and foundation
- Cracked or bubbling paint
- Hollow sounds from wood
- Tiny holes on wood
- Pile of insect wings from swarmers
- Termite droppings
Fix all leaky pipes, drains, and AC units.
Termites love moist environments. If you have a dripping or leaking pipe, especially around the base of your home, or if you have a poor drainage system that lets water pool in your yard, your home is the perfect place for termites to nest. Moist areas such as the area around your air-conditioning units and under your sink are susceptible to termite infestation. Always check your pipes and gutters. If possible, call an expert plumber immediately.
Clear decaying stumps and trim trees and bushes.
Wood is the favourite food of termites. If you have wood around your home, it can easily become termites’ first step toward infiltrating your home. Decaying stumps that have not been cleared is a great source of food for subterranean termites and dampwood termites. Remove the stump immediately, especially if it is 4-5 feet away from your home.
Living vegetation can also pose a problem. Keep your trees and bushes trimmed and far away from home. Instead of using regular mulch, use rubber mulch which deters termites.
Use plastic storage boxes instead of cardboard.
Termites get their nutrients from cellulose which means they will eat anything made from wood. Cardboard is made of wood and is also prone to getting damp if placed in the basement or attic. This makes cardboard boxes a gourmet meal for these pests. If you store some of your home equipment, supplies and other materials in cardboard boxes, consider replacing them with plastic storage boxes or metal shelving.
Schedule an annual termite inspection.
Termites are called “silent destroyers” for a reason. As they can be quite elusive, you may not even be aware that you already have a termite infestation in your home. You need to hire a termite control Sydney expert that can pinpoint signs of termites that you may have missed. An annual termite inspection usually includes checking basements, attics, crawl spaces and other wooden structures in your home.
For a termite-free home, contact our trained pest control specialists at Masters Pest Control Sydney. Call us on (02) 8007 4666 for a free quote.