Termites are one of the more common pests you might encounter. They flourish in a range of conditions, from termites that love the damp places in your home to those who can simply subsist on timber alone.

In Australia, several areas are ranked as either high or very high risk for termite infestations. With this in mind, there are some tips that you should think about when it comes to the prevention of termite damage. We have collected some of the most important things you should consider for termite control so that you can keep your home safe and in the best condition possible.

Reduce moisture

Termites love to live in moist places. Some of us will inevitably live in more damp areas than others, but there may be areas of your house where you can reduce the moisture. For example, make sure that your air conditioning units are not damaged and leaking either inside or outside of the house. If you are suffering from plumbing issues and it has caused water damage, try and ensure that this is dried out as soon as possible.

In no circumstances should you have standing water anywhere within or outside your home, as this creates the perfect breeding ground for colonies of termites. Keep it dry and reduce your chances of getting an infestation to come to stay!

Repair damaged wood

Any wood on the inside or outside of your house that has become cracked or damaged is a perfect place for termites. If you notice that there are any signs of damage to the wooden parts of your house, have them checked for termites. If this is negative, ensure that you have them fixed or replaced as soon as you can to create a less welcoming environment for the pests. For example, rotting roof shingles and loose mortar to damaged foundations can encourage the presence of termites. Replacing them before you find a colony can be a great preventative measure - or an essential way to repair your home after a colony has been present.

Remove fallen wood

If you have trees in your backyard, then it is likely that you will have some fallen branches or even some wood leftover from chopping a tree down. Or maybe you store firewood outside your house. If this is the case, then you should dispose of any fallen wood, as termites are very attracted to rotting wood and can easily make a home there.

Should you need to store firewood in your backyard, make sure that it is at least twenty feet away from your house to reduce the chances of, termites making their way from the firewood and into your home.

Check for mud tubes

One of the signs that termites are present on your property is mud tubes. Also known as shelter tubes, these allow termites to travel safely on your property and find sources of food (the timber they thrive on). They will probably be found near the foundation of your house - checking for these is an essential part of catching termite infestations early so that the termites can be dealt with before the issue gets out of hand.

It is also vital that these are not left behind after the termites have been exterminated.

Divert water

As well as making sure that there are no damp spots in your home, you should also ensure that all water is flowing correctly and away from your house. This includes being certain that your gutters are not clogged and can function properly and that any downspouts are being directed correctly. This simple measure can make your home less hospitable to termites and allow you to have a little more peace of mind.

Schedule your inspection

The most valuable and effective tool in your arsenal against termites is to schedule an inspection at least once a year. Depending on what part of the country you live in, you may be able to go down to once every two years or could require an inspection twice a year. A professional termite inspector can help you identify the termite infestation points, the types of termites on your property and help you with how to prevent further infestations.

When it comes to termite infestations, prevention is better than cure, so book your inspections frequently to combat termites and other pests.

Preventing termite infestations using frequent professional inspections should be your top priority. However, if the worst happens, you can call in the professionals and get those unwelcome visitors taken care of as soon as possible so that your home does not become too damaged.

Remember - you are unlikely to be able to deal with a termite infestation alone through DIY measures, so getting in touch with a professional termite inspector should be your first port of call. Contact Active Termite Control in Sydney today for specialist termite inspections and treatments.

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