Handy Termite PREVENTION Tips
As a general rule we’re all relatively naive about what makes our homes and structures attractive to termites. Often we inadvertently make conditions so attractive that they cannot resist visiting our homes.
Landscaping around our homes is one area that has proven to be very problematic. Here are some helpful tips on how to avoid contributing to the attractiveness of your home:
- Do NOT spread wood chips in gardens around your home as they provide a constant food source;
- Avoid garden beds around the perimeter of your home as they can breach termite management systems and provide concealed entry;
- If garden beds are present around the perimeter of your home, do not raise the soil level above the existing ground level, particularly for homes on concrete slabs;
- Never cover over weep holes in brickwork as it allows for concealed entry into your home;
- Don’t plant near weep holes, vents or the exposed edges of concrete slabs;
- Keep any sub-floor area dry and well ventilated as moisture will attract timber pests;
- Immediately repair any water leaks, including broken / rusted gutters and dripping taps;
- Connect all downpipes to storm water where possible;
- Be aware that any additions to your home, such as a carport, pergola, deck, porch, access ramp or steps may breach an existing termite management system;
- Carefully consider what, if any, trees you plant close to your home as an extensive root system may breach an existing termite management system or cause a concrete slab to crack;
- Remove all wood products from under your home; &
- Never stack wood products against a wall or too close to your home.