Termites. The mere mention of the word can cause homeowner hysteria. These pesky insects silently invade your home and can leave you with a staggering repair bill. Unfortunately we do a lot of things that can attract termites to our homes. Here are a few tips to stave off a full blown attack.

Keep wood off the ground

Piles of firewood, tree stumps, latticework and structural wood should be cleared from the property or be raised at least 15cm off the ground. Any wood that is at soil level is especially appetising for termites.

Keep subfloor ventilated

Termites love moist, damp and poorly ventilated areas. The best way to deter them is by installing adequate ventilation like high flow vents or solar powered fans in crawl spaces and sub floor areas.

Keep moisture away from foundations

Moisture and humidity attract termites so it’s essential to keep dampness away from your foundation. Replace ineffective drainage, damaged and leaking pipes and make sure your gutters and drainpipes are unblocked and working.

Use mulch sparingly

Mulch can make your gardens look fantastic but using it excessively can trap a lot of moisture. A layer of about 5 – 7cm provides adequate coverage for most gardens. Be sure to keep mulch away from any wood framing, stairs or siding.

Regular pest inspection

The best way to protect your home from termite attack is by carrying out regular pest inspections. Get a reputable pest controller to check the conditions of the sub floor, roof void, interior timbers and slab for the presence of termites at least every three to six months.

Some home owners are complacent when it comes to the threat of termites because of misconceptions about building materials. Just remember, brick and steel framed homes are just as susceptible to termite attack as wooden framed houses so be vigilant and keep your eyes peeled for any signs of attack.

Have you had termite problems in the past? What was the outcome? Leave a comment below.

Photo credit:: Algon Pest

About the Author

Peter Fletcher

Peter began his real estate career in 1985 selling tin shacks and red dirt in Kalgoorlie. Moving to Perth in 1989 he quickly moved into agency ownership. By 2006, Peter had built a thriving agency managing over 600 rental properties. He then sold the business, taking time out of the industry to complete Honours in a Bachelor of Arts. Peter is now the Managing Director of Residential Settlements in Burswood and an active Army reservist. Peter has had just one hot shower since the 10th of May 2008.