The chances of your property coming under termite attack is 12 times greater than a house fire, yet it is not covered by your home insurance! Termite management is often overlooked by home owners, but in reality it is the most important activity property owners need to carry out to protect their biggest investment.
To provide the best protection for your home you need to put in place a termite management plan. This involves three key components
Annual termite inspections are a vital part of home ownership. They inspect the house and surround property for termite activity, termite damage and conditions that could make a termite attack likely. Although inspections do not stop termite attacks, they can pick up the first signs of damage before major damage is done and identify conducive conditions that could make a termite attack likely.
Learn more about termite inspections from Residential Reports.
If you don’t have a termite management system in place to protect your property, the inspector will also provide options for protecting your home.
Termite management systems are the best way to protect you home from termites. When combined with regular termite inspections, they greatly reduce the chances of a termite attack on your property. The important point to remember with all termite management systems is that they are designed to prevent termites from concealed (hidden) entry into your home. For example a liquid soil treatment around your home does not stop the termites building a bridge over the top of the treated zone. However, when they do so, they will be spotted and the problem can be deal with.
Broadly speaking there are two types of termite managements systems that are used to protect existing buildings from termites
Termite baiting systems have two key advantages over liquid soil treatments
As a result, at Residential Reports we have decided to use baiting as our primary termite control system and when it comes to baiting, we only use Exterra, the world’s No.1 termite protection system.
Learn more about how we use Exterra to protect your home
1) Ensure ground water drainage flows away from / around your home.
Ground level should slope away from house and / or soil drainage systems should be installed. If you have a moist sub-floor, installing fans may also be beneficial.
2) Don’t have a watering system or regularly water plants adjacent to the house.
This really means you need to avoid substantial garden beds adjacent to the house.
3) Ensure roof guttering and downpipes do not leak and discharge to the stormwater drains.
4) Make sure any external taps are not dripping and ideally have a drain underneath.
5) Check for leaks in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry
(You may need a plumber or pest inspector to help here).
6) Do not use wood mulch immediately adjacent to the house.
If you must use wood mulch, make sure it has been treated with an appropriate insecticide or it is classed as termite resistant timber. Keep in mind, termite resistant does not mean termite proof!
7) Make sure any waste timber or cardboard boxes (also great termite food) are thrown out or stored above ground level, ideally away from the building.
8) Make sure any firewood is stored off the ground away from the building.
Firewood needs to be stored off the ground (on a metal framework)
9) Keep the perimeter of your home clear of plants and stored items.
If you can’t see the edge of the building you won’t be able to see any termite “break-ins”!
10) If you have a sub-floor, avoid the temptation to store your excess / unwanted items in this inviting area.
Stored goods prevent your ability to see any termite activity and also reduce ventilation. If the stored goods include wood or cardboard boxes, you are also providing some nice termite food!