HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM TERMITE ATTACK...
We recommend placing your Termicure Termite Baits around the entire perimeter of your home approximately every 3 metres to effectively reduce the risk of termite attack.
Termicure Termite Baits can also be placed in higher risk locations around your home such as:
- Between You and Your Neighbours
- Air-Conditioining Unit
- Hot Water System
- Damp Areas
- Leaking Taps
- Garden Beds Against Your Home
- Retaining Walls
- Old Tree Stumps
- Back Shed
- Termite Traps
- Stored Timber
- Fence Posts
- Concrete Slabs
You may require more termite baits to effectively cover all areas around your home, however this simple guide will help you to identify some of the key areas which can create conducive conditions for termite activity.
1. Between You and Your Neighbours:
You probably get on well with your neighbours but what if they were unaware they had a termite infestation, and those termites were marching into your property? Termites can and regularly travel hundreds of meters underground.
OUR TIP: Install a Termicure Termite Bait between you and your neighbours property.
2. Air-Conditioning Unit:
Check out your air-conditioning unit overflow pipe. Does this deposit against your home?
OUR TIP: We recommend extending the overflow line with some extra pipe or hose so the water runs into a drain or down pipe and away from your home and install a Termicure Termite Bait close by.. (This would cost around $3-$5 and would take less than 5 minutes to attach).
3. Hot Water System:
The humble hot water system is responsible for creating ideal moist conditions suitable for termite attack. The overflow line often runs directly onto the ground adjacent to the unit.
OUR TIP: We recommend extending the overflow line using a piece of hose or flexible pipe allowing the excessive water to run into a drain or down pipe and away from your home and install a Termicure Termite Bait close by.
4. Damp Areas:
Broken downpipes, or even faulty internal plumbing can attract termites.
OUR TIP: Have all plumbing inspected for leaks and faulty fittings and install a Termicure Termite Bait close by.
5. Leaking Taps:
A drip now and then, can turn into a major termite infestation if neglected.
OUR TIP: Replace washers or external tap fittings to keep your taps from leaking and install a Termicure Termite Bait close by. This will also help you to conserve water, saving you money!
6. Garden Beds Against Your Home:
Garden beds against your home are a classic. They look great but can create enough cover to assist the undetected entry of termites into your home. A Termicure Termite Bait in this area will help to defeat a hungry termite colony.
OUR TIP: Plan your garden away from your home, or if you must, use plants which will not obstruct your view of the building, nor grow to contact the structure and install a Termicure Termite Bait close by.
7. Retaining Walls:
Virtually every timber retaining wall will be infested with termites at some point.
OUR TIP: It's not always a viable option, but when replacing timber retaining walls, always try to use masonry materials, or at least products which are not susceptible to termite attack and install a Termicure Termite Bait close by.
8. Old Tree Stumps:
Tree stumps are one of THE major harbourage areas for significant termite breeding and nesting. Many tree stumps will house central nests which will go undetected until extensive activity is located within the area, and even then, it may not be detected, being below the surface of the ground.
OUR TIP: Remove all tree stumps.
9. The Back Shed:
Often, the back shed is used to store timber items, cardboard or paper based products, which can fall victim to termites either tracking into the shed through flooring materials, or over the slab edge.
OUR TIP: Lift all stored items off the ground with the use of simple props such as bricks or pavers. Termites can still get into stored items, although this just makes it that much more difficult.
10: Stored Timber:
That pile of firewood, or spare timber building materials you have stored about the place are also items often attacked by termites.
OUR TIP: Create some ground clearance to prevent timber and ground contact, or remove it altogether.
11. Fence Posts:
A damaged fence post is often the first warning that termites are on your property. Often, with timber fencing, palings will be treated pine, and the posts and rails will be hardwood, and due to the density of hardwood, treatment products are not easily absorbed to protect the timbers and this is part of the reason that your fenceposts will be attacked by termites, often before other treated timber items.
OUR TIP: Keep debris away from fence posts and regularly check for termite damage and install a Termicure Termite Bait close by.
12. Concrete Slabs:
Many homes are built on concrete foundations, however keeping the perimeter of the building free of obstruction is not always possible, depending on construction methods and other external factors.
OUR TIP: Installing Termicure Termite Baiting Stations about the perimeter of your home, will assist in detection of an active termite colony, before destruction of your home begins!
OTHER METHODS APART FROM BAITING TO PROTECT YOUR HOME...
Other remedial methods of termite protection outlined by The Australian Standards AS3660 are Chemical Barriers or Reticulation Systems.
Chemical Barriers or Reticulation Systems can only be installed by professional termite technicians, and cost between $3000-$4000 based on an average size home. Chemical Barriers involve treating the soil around the footings and slab with a recommended termiticide. Reticulation Systems involve laying a 'pipe' around the perimeter of your home close to the footings and slab and the injected termiticide slowly releases into the soil. Once installed the Chemical Barrier or Reticulation System is active 24hrs per day for up to 8 years in ideal soil conditions*, and requires no other maintenance other than your annual termite inspection.
*Up to 8 Years - Depending on the termiticide used, and in ideal soil conditions.
Here at Termicure, we agree Chemical Barriers or Reticulation Systems are an EXCELLENT method of protecting your property from termite infestation, however, the initial outlay may be financially out of reach, at least in the short term. Many people simply cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars, often going without, leading to disaster. Also, some properties are not suitable for a chemical barrier. Large amounts of soil, or retaining walls against a house may be too expensive to treat effectively, in which case the Termicure Termite Baiting System is an ideal solution.
Termicure offers you an affordable alternative with the best features to ensure the best possible outcome.