Wondering if your home is at risk for a termite infestation? Good on you for being prepared ahead of time. Knowing your property’s potential for termite problems is a smart move, and equips you with the information you need to keep your home termite-free. While a vast majority of homes do indeed have the potential for termites to infiltrate, the risks may be negligible in some cases. To determine whether you have a significant risk, ask yourselves the following questions:
Do you live in Australia?
Unfortunately, Australia is a country where termites are plentiful, so the chances of these pests damaging your home is higher here than elsewhere. But it also depends on where you live in Australia. If you’re a Tasmania resident, you’re in luck—termites are rarely found here. However, other parts of Australia, such as coastal Queensland, have an intense risk. Here in NSW and in the Shoalhaven, the termite risk is not as “code red” but it is certainly real however, so the proper precautions must be taken.
Have your neighbours had termites?
It’s no guarantee that a neighbour’s termite troubles will prove to be a problem for you. However, if their infestation goes untreated for a long while, or if their treatments don’t work (perhaps they failed to choose a reputable pest control expert), then you might have cause for concern. In this event, get in touch with a termite control provider ASAP.
Is there rotting or moist wood on your property?
If there’s one thing termites love more than wood, it is wood plus moisture. Decaying wood is a favourite, too. The existence of “termite attractors” around your property can wreak havoc. Do a regular inventory of what is in/on your home and on your land. Have an old rotting fence? Have that dismantled and removed. Uncovered firewood? Place a secure tarp over top of the woodpile, and elevate it when possible. Even if you have little visible evidence of moist wood around the property, there may be other areas of concern. Check the yard for any standing water or seek out places where leaks may be coming from pipes, sprinklers, or around the outside of your home—these, too, can be major draws for the termite.
Do you keep mulch close to your external walls?
Don’t forget, mulch is made of timber, too. While traditional mulch is a popular decorative element for gardens and other areas, it can be doing more harm than good if it’s attracting termites. Consider investigating alternative mulch options to keep your home free of these nasty pests, or if you simply must use timber mulch, place it as far from your house as possible.
Do you know the signs of termite infestation or damage?
Knowledge is key. Spotting the first symptoms of a termite problem can help prevent much more significant damage. Basic signs include:
- Sagging floors
- Hollow-sounding wood
- Evidence of subterranean termite tubes
- Piles of discarded wings or termite excrement
There are additional signs of termite damage to be aware of, too. If you notice a sign, call your local termite control pros right away.
Have you had a recent termite inspection?
If you’re wondering whether or not you’re at risk for termite damage, your best option is to call a certified pest control operator and have them perform a comprehensive termite inspection. This thorough check is the #1 way to assess your home for termite risk and to find the best methods for prevention or treatment. Termite Solutions performs termite inspections for our clients in Nowra and further afield.
If you’re ready to prep your home against the enemy, call Termite Solutions today. Let’s lower your termite risk and prevent costly damage.