If you suspect termite activity in your home, it's best to have a professional termite inspection carried out as soon as possible to determine the appropriate action plan.
Get regular professional pest inspections and follow their advice to reduce your termite risk. It's recommended you have a thorough pest inspection at least once a year, or more often if you live in areas with high termite risk. Refer to the CSIRO map.
Termites operate purely on instinct which makes them quite predictable. They very rarely attack a house that doesn’t contain any conducive conditions. The main 5 conducive conditions we find in a home are below.
Termites are attracted to moisture, we often find termites in bathrooms or laundries that have recently had a water leak. If you do have a water leak within your home, it is recommended you have a termite inspection to asses the risk of termite attack.
High Garden Beds
Having raised garden beds against your home is an ‘open door’ to termites. Ensure garden mulch and soil levels are clear of subfloor vents and weep holes, if your home is on a concrete slab you should be able to see the top inch of the slab.
Termites love moisture and darkness, if your subfloor has inadequate ventilation it could be creating the perfect environment for termites and eventually leading to them be attracted to your home..
Mainly a problem in older homes, builders can leave the timber form work in your subfloor, this gives termites a direct route from the ground into your home, if you have any formwork or loose timbers within your subfloor you should remove them.
Timber within ground contact
Ecosystem recycler alert – the termites’ job in nature is to break down loose timber and leaf litter on the forest floor. Having landscaping timbers or loose timbers in ground contact around your property will attract termites
Jenner Pest Control will advise on any risks
Jenner Pest Control will advise on any risks, and you can also
Fix any moisture problems like poor drainage, leaking pipes or inadequate ventilation.
Check your home's surroundings – shrubs or garden beds should be well clear of building edges and weep holes (the small gaps left between bricks to let water drain out).
Keep areas under your house clear – don't store items that can reduce the ventilation space under the house.
Remove any wood that's in contact with the ground and close to the house.
If you're building a new home, certain construction methods and materials can reduce termite risk considerably.