Termites can devalue your home by more than 25%! They can take their time gnawing at the wood on your property over many years before you even discover damage. A little-known fact about termite damage is that most home insurance policies do not cover it. So taking termite prevention measures is a sound investment for maintaining the value of your home.
When is termite season?
Termites are active throughout the year; however, swarming season often takes place during warmer months. Most subterranean termites swarm during the spring and summer months, and drywood termites typically swarm late summer. They are visible through swarms, droppings and discarded wings. Termites don’t hibernate for the winter, and even some species have been known to start swarming in winter if the days are particular warm.
How do termites enter houses?
They are cunning creatures finding all sorts of ways into your house. Common access points include:
- Porches/alfresco areas
- Utility Boxes
- Cracked mortar
How to protect your home from termites
These simple measures do not work in isolation; however, here are some handy tips to keep your home less attractive to termites:
- Ensure vents are free from blockages to keep humidity low, therefore making it less attractive to termites
- Check that water from any rain runoff or air conditioning units drain away from the house
- Repair leaking pipes and taps
- Avoid placing plants near the house as their root system may penetrate the house structure and create a highway for termites
- Check that any building alterations do not affect termite barriers
Unobtrusive bait stations around the edge of your property attract foraging worker termites which feed on the bait. These workers take the poisoned bait back to the colony and share it with other termites.
Physical termite barriers
A physical termite barrier is installed underneath or around the perimeter of the building slab and around pipe penetrations. It offers long-lasting protection for your property without the need to continually top it up with additional chemicals. There may be value in installing a physical termite barrier if you are building a new home or building a new extension to your home.
Chemical termite barriers
A chemical barrier creates a zone around the house disrupting the termites’ natural path. It’s a proven method that involves applying a liquid to the soil either under concrete flooring and/or around the entire perimeter of the foundation. The advantage of a chemical barrier is that it can be implemented at any time.
Annual termite inspections are essential for early detection. They assess the conditions of your property and recommend ways to minimise risk of attack. Your Termite Warranty for your property may require these annual inspections to remain valid.
Contact your professional pest controller to schedule an annual termite inspection where you will be provided with a comprehensive report of your entire home, inside and out.