Termite prevention – How to care for your home …

Termites are everywhere in Melbourne. With many homes under attack and more on the termite hit list, it makes sense to look after the health of your home.

An inexpensive annual house check-up is a recommendation endorsed by the CSIRO and the best termite prevention step you can take to ensure your home has a clean bill of health.

As termite activity is difficult to detect, authorities advice homeowners to engage a reputable Termite Control Company. Termites are frequently referred to as the silent destroyers. Early detection requires a trained eye and specialist equipment.  Failure to uncover a termite diagnosis can cost you thousands.

To care for your home all year round, there are additional steps you can follow that will reduce the chance of termites infecting your home.  See our handy home care list below …

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Termite Prevention Tips

Remove sources of moisture around the home

The subterranean termite is the biggest threat to your home.  They require moisture to thrive and survive. By eliminating moisture around your home, this will help you avoid termites taking up residence in your home.  Be sure to minimise overflows from hot water units, rainwater tanks and air-conditioning units.  Ensure water has a natural flow away from the house.  Clean gutters and repair broken downpipes.

Ventilate sub-floors and roof spaces

Ensure there is adequate air flow to subfloors and roof spaces.  Avoid blocking ventilation grills.   Clean up and remove any potential debris that termites can use as a feeding ground or a source to retain unnecessary moisture. Ensure weepholes are left open an are not accidentally blocked during the construction phase or later obstructed with garden beds or debris.

Clean up around the home

There are many things you can do to minimise food sources for termites.  Remove stored timber from under the home.  Remove firewood or stacked timber supplies away from the house and store in well ventilated areas.  Clean up any old damp tree logs and rotting fences.  

Home construction design

For homes on a concealed slab edge, termites can gain access into your home via poorly sealed pipe penetrations, cracks in the slab or the brick/cladding interface.   For homes where timber is in direct contact with the ground, termites will be able to directly access the internal structures of the home.   By being aware of termite entry points, homeowners can be proactive to eradicate invasion entry points.