Termites can develop into a very serious problem very quickly for any house or property owner as they are capable of cause immense damage to a structure in a very short time, sometimes rendering the actual building completely unliveable. Once a termite infestation has taken root the only viable option is getting professional assistance to exterminate them. Fumigation costs for a termite removal treatment ranges from $3000 to $5000 which is a substantial amount of money, making it even more important to do what you can do avoid prevent an infestation in the first place.
There are a couple of things you can go about doing to assist in deterring termites from choosing your home as their source of timber and saving you a lot of money on fumigation costs. Here are a few suggestions:
Avoid having standing water inside or around your property and avoid having waterlogged soil on your premises. As termites are attracted to moisture and water it’s important to keep water from settling.
Prune the plants surrounding your property and try not to have any vegetation leaning on or brushing against your home.
Make sure that all timber structures and buildings on your premises are made from termite resistant wood or has been treated to increase the timber’s resistance to termites.
Make sure to keep all the dead wood and other wooden debris away from your home or other structures within your garden.
Check on your drainage system which surrounds your home to make sure the amount of moisture nearby is reduced.
Ensure that wood is sealed to make it more resistant to moisture.
Ensure that your house is well ventilated, especially beneath the building and inside the roof or attic. Termites tend to be attracted to moisture and love damn so making sure that the spaces in your home are as dry as possible will assist in keeping them away.
Taking the time to monitor your premises for any indicators of a termite presence might assist you in preventing damage early on and saving you a lot of money by avoiding costly repairs. Some of the signs that indicate a termite presence include:
Mud tunnels found on exterior walls. “Mud tunnels” are tiny tunnels made up of mud and dirt which are about as thick as a pen.
If you find a termite nest nearby it is a definite sign that you need to check for an infestation.
Insects which are swarming near windowsills or on lights. Even if there aren’t any insects present, the sight of fallen off wings in these areas can give away their presence.
Wood which appears damaged or emits a dull thudding sound when tapped.
If you think you might have a termite infestation at your house or on your property it is important that you get into contact with a pest inspector ASAP. A professional inspection will assist in determining whether there is an infestation and if there is, how severe it might be. Your pest controller will also be able to recommend the most effective method of treatment to follow. This will likely consist of a few treatments used in conjunction to completely exterminate the termites.
Fumigation costs are much less than the costs a severe termite infestation can rack up. If you would like a quote or you’re looking to arrange an inspection call Bruce Gow on 0417 251 911, or contact him via email at bruce@a1pestcontrol.com.au.