What You Need To Know About Termite Protection & Treatment

What You Need To Know About Termite Protection & Treatment

Termites can be the most damaging visitors to ever enter your home. Known as the silent destroyers, their main source of food comes from dead or decaying wood – often the building blocks of our homes and businesses. Unfortunately, you may not be aware of the damage they are doing until it is too late, which is why it is important to be proactive and ensure regular termite inspection in Melbourne homes.

Signs of a termite infestation

Termites are brown insects with six legs and a segmented body that live in large colonies. Termites have antennae similar to the ant, but theirs come straight out of the head section while an ants’ feelers bend at a right angle. Perhaps more significantly, ants do not demolish your home.

You will usually see the first sign of a termite infestation when you notice them swarming in the air. The timber in your property will become hollow to the touch, and as the wood in your house warps, doors and window frames will become harder to close. When powder-like termite droppings start to appear around the area of infestation, it’s a sure signal to seek termite treatment in Melbourne.

What termite treatments are available?

There are several effective termite treatments that could be used, which are child and pet friendly too. Professional companies which provide termite control in Melbourne will arrange for one of their experts to discuss what pest infestation you are looking at and survey what is the best method of treatment.

· Soil treatment
Soil treatment is done by treating the soil around the property, which is the area the termites will pass through. There are two kinds of soil treatment: repellent and non-repellent. Both soil treatments apply doses of termiticides.
Repellent soil treatment kills or repels the termites who pass the treated soil. This will not kill the colony. Non-repellent soil treatment, on the other hand, will poison the termites who pass the treated soil and then the whole colony. The non-repellent option is more expensive, but it provides better protection against termites.

· Bait traps
Bait traps contain a solution which acts as a lure to the insects. Once inside, the termites are covered with a chemical that will poison the other inhabitants when they return to the colony. If they have got into very hard to reach areas of the property, sometimes the professionals will use a foam agent to kill the insects. Bait traps are used in and around the areas where the termites are colonising.

How to prevent termites from returning

Termite protection in Melbourne usually includes regular inspections, any required treatment, and follow-ups – plus preventative advice to prevent the termites from returning.

You need to eliminate direct wood to ground contact as much as possible. This can be done by avoiding storing timbers underneath the property. If you do have a wood store, keep it away from the home and raise it off the ground. If you cannot avoid wood touching the ground, consider using treated timbers or termite resistant wood.

Termites like damp conditions, so check that there are no leaking pipes that form pockets of moisture-rich habitats. Regularly clear out gutters or standpipes to prevent overflow onto the ground below and check that your drainage system falls away from the property, not towards it.

Having a regular check and inspection of both the external and internal perimeters of the home is the best way to ensure that you keep termites at bay. So, pick up the phone and book a termite inspection in Melbourne with Positive Pest Solutions today.