When it comes to home invasions, no one takes the cake quite like the humble termite.

With 85% of Australian homes being located within 25 meters of a termite colony, we thought you might like to know some easy ways to keep these pesky little suckers out of your home…

 

#1 Check for infestations around your home.

 

This is especially important if you live in rural locations. Have a look around your back and front yard for signs of termites.

Termite infestation

Termite infestations like this can be avoided.

Check the corners of fences and joins in any woodwork. If you notice any trees dying or rotting this could be a telltale sign.

Always make sure if you cut down any trees to have the stump removed as well as termites love to build nests in old tree stumps.

Always keep an eye out for mud tubes on trees or wooden structures as these are how termites move from their nest to wherever they are feeding and are a telltale sign of an infestation.

 

#2 Plant some anti termite plants around your home.

 

We’ve already covered which plants you should get to repel termites in our post 3 termite repellent plants and where to put them.

By planting insect repelling plants you will set another barrier of protection around your home that makes it all the more difficult for termites and other creepy crawlies to gain access to your home.

 

#3 Don’t leave food (wood) lying around your property

 

By taking away food sources for termites you discourage them from coming near your home. This works extremely well in conjunction with our other tips.

Make sure you don’t do the following:

  • Don’t fix wooden trellises in your garden to your exterior walls.
  • Make sure you keep mulch, wood debris, lumber, firewood and sawdust well away from your home. It’s always a good idea to have any wood you keep stored at your premises up high away from the ground.
  • Don’t stack any wood up against your home
  • Don’t allow leaves and debris to accumulate in gutters and trellises around your home.
  • Remove all wood to soil contact around your home.
  • Make sure any cracks or holes you have in your home get sealed up. These are entry points for a potential infestation.

 

#4 Reduce Excess Moisture

 

Termites thrive in a damp humid environment. Make sure you keep crawl spaces and attics well ventilated and dry so it’s difficult for any termites to establish a colony.
Make sure your property has good quality topsoil so any rain or moisture drains quickly away from your homes foundations. Excess moisture makes it easy for termites to survive away from their colony and can help them to establish new ones.

 

#5 Get regular Termite Inspections

 

The best way to true peace of mind is to get a termite inspection done for your property. If you want to make sure your home isn’t being eaten from the inside out or aren’t keen on crawling into your own dark crawl spaces, a termite inspection carried out by a qualified pest controller is the best way to put your mind at ease. And if you get  preventative treatment, at least then you know for sure you’re not going to have an issue with termites.

Think you may already have an infestation?

Preventing termites is all well and good but you may be concerned that you already have a termite infestation happening in your home. If so make sure to check out our post on the 5 main signs of a termite infestation. This will give you an idea of whether you need to book a treatment or not.

If you’ve got any other tips on a good way to prevent termites let us know in the comments below.