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How you can stop termites

“Five Golden Rules” in termite prevention.

1. Avoid water leaks

Subterranean Termites will always source a constant supply of moisture to “tank-up” before they head off to the timber they are eating. They need to dampen the timber to help them digest the cellulose material. They will source water before they attack timber. That is why it is very important to ensure that there are no leaks, dripping taps, leaking shower trays, leaking hot water systems and air-conditioning units.

2. Appropriate landscaping

Plants growing too close to a house perimeter can disturb the existing chemical treatment. Plastic under bark offers an ideal environment for termites to travel. Some bark can be desirable as a food source. Large tree roots can grow under a structure and compromise any original protection. Remember, most of the TV programs that offer ideas on landscaping are produced in the cooler States where there is not such an issue with termites.

3. Ensure structural timbers are not in direct contact with the ground Posts that are embedded directly into the ground and attached to the main structure can offer a concealed entry point. It is always best to have the posts secured down on a metal stirrup with the recommended 50mm gap.

4. Do not allow foraging termites to have free range

Do not tolerate termites infesting your timber fence. The urban myth that “if they are in the fence they’ll leave your house alone” is incorrect. Basically, you are allowing the colony to build up numbers that will eventually put pressure on your house. It is the same with stumps, piles of loose timbers and wooden retaining walls. Remove timber from your garden or be very vigilant.

5. Do not compromise the house perimeter

If you have a concrete slab on the ground foundation then the greatest advantage is to have the top edge of the slab completely exposed. Many homes are compromised with paths or pavers covering the edge or even the weep holes! If you have soil too high, dig it away and leave a 75mm gap from ground to slab edge or weep hole.