Reduce the risk of a termite infestation in your home:

• Repair any water leaks and moisture issues. Water-damaged walls, leaks in roofs, bathrooms and sink areas create favorable conditions for termites to flourish.

• Clean gutters and repair downspouts. Keep gutters clear and free-flowing to avoid clogs which may eventually lead to water damage.

• Drain water away from exterior walls and foundation. Ensure all drain lines, such as air conditioner drainage lines, release water at least 30.48 cm or 12 inches away from the foundation.

• Trim back shrubs and landscape plants from exterior walls. Shrubs and plants can trap moisture, which is critical for termite survival. Over-grown plants can provide a hidden avenue for termites and prevent thorough visual inspection.

• Keep ground cover below the bottom of the exterior siding. Ground cover, such as mulch and pine straw, that has built up over the bottom of wall coverings, provide a hidden avenue for termites. Ground cover should be at least 15.24cm or 6 inches below the bottom of exterior wall coverings.

• Monitor irrigation systems. Ensure sprinklers are adjusted properly to spray away from foundation and walls.

Ensure you have a comprehensive termite inspection by a professional termite company. At A1 Pest Control Canberra, our inspections can use the state of the art thermal imaging to see pests before they can do damage.

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Termite Infestation

Termite Infestation

Termite InfestationThe problem with termite infestation is that it does not become apparent to the home owner, until some real potential structural damage has occurred. Termites do not leave any calling cards; they are quite discreet in their destruction.

It is extremely difficult to look for any potential evidence of termite infestation, since they eat the wood from the inside out, and choose as their locations obscure and dark places, Because of this, the best way to determine if you have an ongoing infestation is to call a termite professional, who will conduct a thorough and complete inspection.

Signs of  termite Infestation :

There are however one or more signs that an astute observer might notice making that professional termite inspection an extremely good idea. Some of these signs are bowed or sagging wood, wood that depresses with any type of pressure on it, check for mud tunnels – underground termites build little mud tunnels up and into the house, so it is best to check the exterior of your home for possible entry. In addition, any stains on timber that look like water damage could also be evidence, since where there is moisture  termites are not far behind. Evidence can be found anywhere around or in your home, whether it is wood in the garden, a wooden fence or a pile of fire wood everything and anything made of wood is vulnerable.

One thing to remember though is that since most of the evidence of termite infestation is out of your view, it is very important to have regular termite inspections carried out by a professional in any area of Australia, since there is a nationwide termite problem.

There are numerous species of termites in Australia, but you will be happy to know that they are not all interested in your home. If you do have a termite problem, the subterranean termites are the probable culprits, with large colonies near your home that can travel underground for their food source.

Queensland and West Indian Drywood termites have been inadvertently exposed to suburban areas, causing great damage, whereas Australian Drywood and Dampwood termites are rarely seen, since they do not travel underground and setup smaller colonies inside the wood that they are eating.

The advancements in termite detection, thermal imaging, moisture detection and termite radar, are some of the latest innovations, the termite expert uses to check for infestation.

If not caught early enough, termite infestation can be extremely costly and be the ruination of your home.

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