The Termite Troop are just a handful of termites gearing up to munch their way through the structural integrity of your home.
It is true what many experts say that one only begins to notice the signs of termites only after you already have a full infestation on your hands. That’s why issuing a yearly inspection from a pest control expert that will help protect your home against any potential termite damage.
A termite inspection consists of looking for the common signs of termite damage, and the presence of these insects in your home. To the untrained eye, spotting the signs of termites can be very difficult.
Termites are very sneaky creatures. They are active, chomping their way through your home for ages without being noticed. It has been reported that termites have lived inside a house for almost 30 years – without anyone aware of their existence!
When it comes to identifying if you have a termite problem in your house the best option is to always seek professional help. A termite inspection from a trained pest control expert knows precisely where to check for these wood consuming pests and will provide you with the best termite treatment options.
Want to know more about the signs of termites? Read our previous blog on How to spot the 7 signs that you might have a termite problem.
How to Get Rid of Termites
There are a number of different options available to help get rid of termites. These all differ depending on where you live and what type of property you own.
Termite treatments are available in a whole range of different options. Each one provides its own unique process of getting rid of termites, and is relevant to the termites native to your province.
The first step to treating any termite problem you might have, is contacting a pest control professional. A pest control professional will:
- Correctly identify signs of a termite problem
- Provide you with information around termite prevention
- Advise you on the correct course of treatment to get rid of termites in your home
The types of termite treatments available depends on your location. For more information about termite treatment options, please visit Rentokil’s website.
One of the most effective ways of controlling your termite problem is the use of termite barriers.
When building a new home it is advised to apply a termite barrier to the area, especially if you live in a termite heavy zone. You can find more about the importance of design build in relation to termites in our previous blog: How to save your home from termites.
Termite barriers are chemical, offering both proactive and reactive protection:
Chemical Termite Barriers
Chemical termite barriers involves a liquid chemical substance to the soil, under concrete flooring and/or around the perimeter of your house. This keeps termites away from your humble abode, keeping your property safe from termite damage.
The advantages of this method are that it is unobtrusive as treatment is mainly on the exterior of your property and it is environmentally friendly as less material is required.
Termite Pre-Construction barriers
As with the previous mentioned technique to get rid of termites, the Termite pre-constriction method involves treating the soil with termiticide during the construction phase of a building to prevent termites from entering your home.
Termite baiting refers to a method used to help get rid of termites. It involves applying what is known as Bait Stations to an area which is a hot spot for termite activity. A termite specialist will place these bait stations around your property which in turn will help keep termites out.
The benefits of termite baiting are:
- Unobtrusive – It does not change the appearance of your home.
- Non – Disruptive – No drilling is required when applying the termite control method.
Conventional Termite Treatment
Sometimes termite barrier and termite baiting solutions may not be available, in which case the conventional route of termite control has to be taken to help manage your termite problem.
Termite treatments consist of applying a liquid termiticide treatment to areas of your home prone to termite activity. In some cases, some drilling is involved to get to said hot spots, but rest assured, these holes will be filled in once the treatment is complete.
Are you worried about termites? Then there are ways in which you can secure your home, keeping it safe from termite activity.
As most home insurance policies do not cover termite damage, keeping your home safe from these destructive pests are key.
If you are building a new home or a new housing estate then one of the most effective ways to keep your properties safe, and the homes of the future owners and tenants, is to implement termite barrier treatment. This will ensure to keep stop the termites getting up to their old tricks, forcing them somewhere else to set up camp.
DIY Termite Control
When it comes to termite treatment you should always seek a professional’s help, and never try to fix the problem yourself. One mistake and you could subject your home to an increase in termite damage, a result that you can’t undo.
However there are some DIY termite control options you can do at home which reflect the prevention side of the treatment. These involve simple tricks and tips which will help keep your home safe from termite damage.
Please note these are only small prevention techniques that could save your from a termite problem but is not a guaranteed fix. If you are worried about termites, please be sure to seek the help of a professional pest control expert.
DIY Tips for getting rid of termites:
- Keep Wood Away from house: Like to store firewood in your back garden? Make sure to keep it away from your house. You don’t want termites to come across the holy grail of termite feasts – your home.
- Remove Old Tree Stumps: Not only do old tree stumps provide a haven of delicious wood, but also an excellent nest area for Drywood termites. Removing old tree stumps can help protect you against termites. This goes the same for branches as well.
- Keep Windows Shut: As you might have read in our first termite blog, the start of a termite problem comes from flying termites starting new colonies. Keeping your windows shut during the spring months especially will make sure that no winged aviators can navigate in your house and set up camp.
- Repair Damaged Roofing: Broken roof tiles provide termites with an easy access to your home. Making sure all tiles that are broken or damaged are replaced. This can help keep termites out of your house.
- Air Conditioning: An air-con can be a life saver, especially during the famous South African heat waves! But the moisture they produce acts as a huge termite magnet. Make sure the moisture release is pointing away from the foundations of your home.
- Repair Cracks in Foundations: Just like damaged roof tiles, cracks in the foundations on your home provide a gateway for termites to enter. Making sure you repair any damages to the foundations and/or walls to your home could ensure you get rid of termites before they become permanent houseguests.
- Leaking Pipes: As previously discussed with regards to air conditioning, termites love damp areas! Regularly check if any of your pipes, both inside and out, for leakage and damage and repair if necessary to keep termites at bay.
- Garden Mulch: As you can imagine garden mulch made from wood provides termites with a feast fit for 5 kings! One way to preventing and getting rid of termites before they your home is a) using mulch which termites won’t find attractive and b) leave a gap between the mulch and the foundations of your home.
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