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How to protect your home from termite damage

1 Feb 2017

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Termites are one of the more troublesome pests you might find creeping around your Perth home throughout the year. If a termite problem goes unnoticed for too long, the sneaky creepy crawlies can cause serious damage to the structures of your property, threatening both your safety and your wallet! Since house insurance often doesn’t cover termite damage, it’s always better to protect your property before the common pests become a problem. Luckily for Perth home-owners, Perth’s pest control experts are at hand this summer to help you spot the early signs of infestation and prevent long-lasting damage.

Termite Damage

Unfortunately for Perth home-owners, it’s often easier to spot termite damage before you spot the termites themselves. If they make it into your home, termites will chomp through any wooden material they can get their claws on, including timber roofs, floorboards, skirting boards and wooden furniture. This can eventually lead to serious problems like collapsed structures and internal wall damage. Termites will often excavate wood from the inside out, so it’s not always easy to pick up on the problem before the damage is done; however, visible (or audible) signs such as hollow walls and swelling of flooring or ceilings could hint at a potential infestation.

Preventing termite infestations

When termites invade your home, they do so in large numbers. Termite colonies can foster anywhere between 350,000 to over a million termite workers, which is why it’s always better to prevent termite infestations before they become a problem. You can reduce the chances of an infestation in your Perth property by taking some of the following steps:

  • Remove scrap wood and decaying vegetation: Wood and timber are go-to meals for termites. By storing scrap wood away from you’re home, you remove a key food source for the unwelcome creepy crawlies. Removing any decaying branches and tree trunks from your garden will also prevent troublesome termites from setting up home near your house.
  • Fix any leakages—Like most insects, termites can’t survive without water. Fixing any leaking taps in your home will therefore reduce the chances of infestation.
  • Prevent access—Install tight-fitted insect screens to prevent termites from creeping into your property without invitation. Sealing up any cracks in your walls will also make it harder for any bug-sized home-invaders to sneak there way in.
  • Keep an eye out for potential signs—Check your home regularly for signs of possible termite infestations and make sure you catch the critters early!

Time to call the experts

Whilst there are certain measures you can take to protect your home from termite infestations, organising regular termite inspections with a professional pest control service is a sure-fire way of maintaining a termite-free home. At Perth-based Bug Busters, we have years of experience in dealing with pest infestations across the Perth metro area. Our technicians are trained in the use of safe and effective pest control and eradication measures, and can help you spot the early signs of any insect infestation.

Call Bug Busters today on (08) 9493 1313 for any of your termite removal needs.