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Ways to Minimise the Risk of
Termites in Your Garden
In Australia there are 350 termite species, of which 30 are regarded as pests.
Your house is your biggest asset and repairing termite damage can be very expensive. Our related article The Cost of Termite Damage will put these figures into a very discomforting perspective. Early detection of a termite infestation is very important in order to protect your home.
Termites are not only found in the wooden structures of your home, they commonly build nests underground within the soil in your garden. Their nests can also be found under paving slabs and garden sheds. Safeguarding your home against termites means also minimising them within your garden.
Concrete slabs for example pose a major risk as termite nests can remain completely undetected for indefinite periods as these slabs are usually permanent features within your garden. These slabs provide a safe location for termite nests, and an easy path directly to your home. When a site inspection is conducted by Cure All’s trained professionals, it is not only the house that is checked. A termite infestation within your home will often trace back to a well-established nest within your garden.
So how can you minimise the potential risk of termites in your garden?
- Fix leaking pipes. Termites like moist areas and will thrive in soil that is near leaking taps or pipes or overflowing gutters. Make sure that all damp areas are eliminated throughout your garden. Irrigation systems should have a good drainage system without any water being allowed to pool between paving slabs.
- Check paving. Existing paving slabs should be treated by a professional annually or bi-annually to rid the area of any established nests. If you are laying new paving or concrete stepping stones, ensure that you prime the area with heavy-duty plastic before laying the slabs.
- Raise sheds. Not only will this eliminate any potential water damage during the rainy season, but it will also prevent a perfect breeding ground for termites. Raise all garden structures such as sheds and cubby houses at least 25mm from the ground.
- Remove firewood. Termites will eat any products such as firewood, paper, cardboard, mulch, and bark. Do not stack these items near the outer walls of your home. They provide a moist, sheltered nesting area with easy access into your home.
- Protect your deck. It is best to use treated timber for all outdoor decks and patios and the treated timber must be maintained with suitable sealants to ensure that termites do not enter these structures.
These are just a few first steps to minimise the risk of termites in your garden and to ultimately protect your home. Our team of Cure All experts are always ready to provide you with detailed information and assist you every step of the way. Contact Cure All’s White Ant Man today for any termite queries you may have.