We are Newcastle’s Termite Control Specialists
Termites or white ants are a dreaded concept to most of us. A home is the biggest investment that most people make in their lifetime. When a homeowner has a Termite Control Newcastle problem, they usually wonder how it started in the first place.
Termites require two things to survive, food and water. When they decide to move in, it’s because they have access to wood or wood products and/or water. Today most new homes in Australia are “pre-treated” for termites. This means that a pest control technician has created a physical termite barrier which is located around penetrations through the concrete slabs and in the cavity of your house walls, or a chemical barrier between the soil and the concrete foundation of your home. The chemicals used in pre-treatments usually don’t always kill termites. In ideal situations, they will impede and discourage termites from entering your home through the foundations.
Most termite infestations are uncovered after a vacuum cleaner or broom head disappears into the skirting board. Termite Inspections are important for detecting termites before getting to this stage, by looking for signs of potential termite infestations such as areas of rippling paint in walls, skirting boards, window and door frames as well as mud spotting or mud tunnels. Even if you don’t notice any of these signs, that doesn’t necessarily mean termites, or the conditions that invite them, are not there. If you have any doubts or concerns it is imperative that you get the help of Newcastle Kill A Pest to conduct a thorough termite inspection of your home.
How Do I Minimise the Risk of Termite Damage?
- Termites love moisture. Eliminate any moisture around the foundation of your home.
- Divert water away with properly functioning drainpipes and guttering.
- Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation.
- Prevent shrubs, vines and other vegetation from growing over and onto the home and covering vents.
- Be sure to remove old form-work left in place after the building was constructed.
- Remove old tree stumps and roots around and beneath the building.
- Most importantly, eliminate any wood contact with the soil.
- Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of your home for signs of termite damage.
- Don’t affix trellises, fencing or landscaping to exterior walls.
To discuss strategies for Termite Control or to organise a termite inspection, give Newcastle Kill a Pest a call today!