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TOP 10 TERMITE MISTAKES BY HOME OWNERS

Common mistakes when it comes to dealing with termites.

Our experience tells us that most people could reduce the risk of
having termites in- and around the house by making little adjustments.
We have listed here only a few of them.   
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1. TREE STUMPS

Rotting wood is termites favorite food and tree stumps are a perfect harboring place for them once they start to rot.  When chopping down trees, be sure to completely remove the remaining stump and as much of the root system as you can. Otherwise, the stump could become the local termite - McDonald's and act as a launchpad to infest your home.

2. STORED TIMBERS


Homeowners often pile their firewood up against their house.
Unfortunately, this is attracting termites exactly where you do not want them to be.

3. EXCESS AMOUNTS OF MULCH

Termites love mulch!
After all, it is made of wood and other plant cellulose.
Mulch will start to decay in time,
so it actually becomes a perfect food source for termites.
When adding mulch to your garden around your house,
make sure it isn't piled up against the external wall.
Always try to keep a gap of at least 200mm between any ground cover/vegetation and the external wall.

4. DO-IT-YOURSELF

Some termites create sub-nest(s) in wall voids, subfloors and roof-void etc, other types don't.
Unprofessional approaches of live termites often result in scattering of the termites throughout the rest of the
property thereby creating, even more, damage, stress and costs. 

Effective Termite treatment and protection also requires specialized equipment
such as masonry drills, pumps, large-capacity tanks, and high-pressure soil injection rods.

Termite treatment is done by professionals to prevent unnessecary cost and damage.
"Do-it-yourself" products, sold to homeowners at retail stores or bought over the internet,
usually end up with an even bigger problem and repair bill. 

5. TIMBERS IN DIRECT
CONTACT WITH THE SOIL

Any timbers (included treated timbers) in direct contact
with the soil will in time create a risk for termites.

Check your porches, posts, bottom timber fence and any
other areas that may have wood touching soil.
Creating a space between the soil and the timber structure by removing dirt or
lifting the timber structure reduces conducive conditions
for timber pest including termites.

Once these timber items are showing signs of fungal decay (ROTTING WOOD),
it becomes a conducive condition for timber pest including
(flying-) termites and needs to be replaced or repaired.
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In their natural environment, termites usually start eating trees from the inside, you will not notice this until the tree falls over. Like most white ant /termite infestations in homes..., you usually don't see, hear or know that they are eating away your home when you look at a window- or doorframe, skirting or plasterboard wall.  Damage is usually not visible ....until extensive damage has been done.  

6. NOT HAVING PROFESSIONAL
TERMITE PROTECTION


Termites can be difficult to detect and
can invade your home with a little warning.

They have the potential of causing thousands
of dollars of damage without being noticed.

Trained and experienced professionals
use specialized tools to detect termites.
Living in a sub-tropical climate, where termites thrive,
regular inspections are no luxury.

Prevention is a lot cheaper than getting rid of termites,
repairing any damage followed by installing protection.

7. STEELFRAMED HOMES

Thinking steel framed, termites resistant homes do not need an inspection?
Anything made of cellulose, timber, paper can be attacked by termites.
Think about skirtings, window frames, door frames,
inside of plasterboard etc etc. Remember termites do fly,
so they can fly over any barrier.

They end up in your gutter or window frame
and start a new colony.

On a regular basis, we need to treat termites in newly build homes;
the installed physical barrier was breached.
These breaches also occur in timber resistant, steel framed homes.

8. EXCESSIVE MOISTURE

Having defective waterproofing, dripping taps, leaking gutters,
unconnected overflows and other moisture areas
in- and around your home.

Termites / white ants know where to find their favorite food;
they are more likely to find it in nice wet, humid conditions.
Always get rid of any moisture areas in- or outside your home.

Other examples: overflow hot water system,
air conditioning units, kitchens, laundry areas, bathrooms, etc.

9. INSUFFICIANT PROTECTION

Thinking that termite baiting stations offer full protection

Baiting systems may be used to manage or eradicate
existing termite colonies and to monitor for future activity.

They are not prophylactic barrier systems
and might not prevent a future attack.
They may be used alone or in conjunction
with conventional barrier systems.
Baiting can be useful in chronic re-infestation situations
where other methods have been unsuccessful.

Baiting systems do not impede concealed termite access
into a building or structure

10. BREACHED BARRIER

People forget or do not know there is a barrier installed. 
Repairing utilities on the property;
disrupting the installed termite barrier.

If your lawn gets dug up for plumbing, gas or electrical work,
or  you grow vegetation next or against your external wall,
chances are good you've compromised your termite barrier.

And yes, termites always seem to find that little gap in the barrier!

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