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Fact: Termites can travel underground to get into your home. They can even get through cracks in your concrete slab.

Every Australian home will be at risk of termites at some lime in its life. At Critical Care Pest Management we have several methods to help protect your building or structure against termites. These include:

Tips to Prevent Termites

Remove stored timber, debris and cellulose materials from under, in and around the property and under the house.

Do not store timber against or under your house on soil.

Remove any timber and/or debris (dead leaves) away from the house.

Repair leaking taps and pipes including hot water overflow pipes under or around your home. Repairing these will reduce moisture levels, which attract subterranean termites close to or under your property.


Leaks attract termites.

Ensure that vents to subfloor areas are never blocked as this can result in high humidity, and high moisture levels. Good ventilation is essential to reduce the risk from subterranean termites.

Divert all hot water services & air conditioning overflows away from side of house - Ensure stormwater runoff is properly connected.

Use only termite treated timber in garden beds, retaining walls or fence posts - Do not use untreated timbers to form garden beds or retaining walls, as these will attract termites around your property.

Construct timber fences and support posts with a 50mm clearance between the timbers and the soil - Often the bases of timber fence palings and/or sub-floor timbers breach the soil surface. This allows termites access without detection. 

Don’t allow climbing plants or bushy gardens to grow against the structure - Climbing plants growing against the side of the structure of your property provide termites with entry undetected. The roots of some plants can also penetrate the foundations of your property allowing termites access that is very difficult to locate. Allow at least a 30cm clearance. DO NOT Plant trees that are notorious for sending roots under slabs close to the home.

Remove dead trees or stumps as these are ideal sites for termites to nest in.

Ensure that termite shielding is not damaged or breached in any way - Metal strips or ant caps around the foundation of your home do not prevent termite entry but force termites out into the open where they can be detected with regular termite inspection.

Be aware: Building alterations or additions can alter or render ineffective previous termite protection - Adding a pergola, new awnings or veranda, concrete slab extensions, or even new plumbing can provide a route of entry for termites into the property across the termite protection barrier previously applied.

Where a house is a concrete slab on ground construction, Australian Standards state that you should leave a minimum of 75mm of slab edge exposed - Weep holes in between brickwork, found immediately above the slab, should also be left exposed. If you construct gardens, allow soil to be deposited above the edge of the slab, or above pavers over the slab face, otherwise termites can gain entry undetected into your property and breach the previously applied termite barriers.

Ensure all formwork timber is removed after construction, as termites can often attack formwork and use it to gain access into your home.

Your first step should be to arrange a thorough inspection of your property to confirm their presence.

 

 

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