Maintain at least 12 monthly termite inspections to remain informed about your termite management program
Maintain and monitor all wet areas. Pay particular attention to:
- bathrooms, (shower trays, seals around taps)
- kitchens, (taps and fittings around sinks)
- laundries, (leaking washing machines, taps and fittings around basins)
- hot water & air-conditioning overflows
- leaking down-water pipes
- hose taps
- any other moisture source that provide moisture near the external walls of the house.
Termites are attracted to moist or damp areas and leaks to these areas contribute greatly to termite infestations into most houses. Remove mulch, vegetation and timbers stored against the external walls, have at least a 300mm clearance from the external wall and the material. These materials contain cellulose that termites feed on and if they are against the external walls they increase the pressure of termite entry into the structure.
Reduce where practical and possible the size of the food source on your property. Landscaping timbers, mulch in gardens, sleepers in gardens and retaining walls, the bulk of tree stumps leaving enough visible for termite detection, stored timbers and other timber in ground contact.
Do not disturb soil that has been chemically treated against termites, or re-apply treatment to disturbed areas.
In sub-floor environments good ventilation is required. Stored goods, covered ventilation holes or inadequate ventilation at the time of construction can provide a conducive environment for termite activity. Inadequate drainage and ventilation to this area needs to be rectified consult a plumber of drainage expert.
Every house is unique and a full termite inspection can identify conducive conditions that are specific to your home.