Why Termite Inspections Are A Must

Before purchasing a home, there are a number of things to consider, from the size to the location.

Many people are too focused on the features of the home that they don’t realise the importance of having a place that’s been inspected for possible termites. These small, annoying creatures can cause an abundance of trouble on all types of properties.

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Receiving regular termite inspections will allow for your property to be thoroughly checked and for technicians to pick up on a problem before it gets any worse.

Termites are wood destroying structural pests and can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage in homes, offices and other areas that contain wood. Termites love eating cellulose, a chain of sugar molecules that gives wood its strength, these pests eat this substance for nutritional purposes.

Termites don’t digest the wood immediately, it’s the protozoa that live in their guts and breaks down the wood, making it easier for them to absorb. Termites don’t discriminate when it comes to wood; they love it all, which is why it’s so important to get your home checked regularly.

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Termites reside in areas where there is moisture, such as basements and tiny spaces, where those small creatures can begin to cause trouble. As soon as termites enter your home, they can infest any part of it.

DIY Termite Baiting

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Getting rid of those pesky termites is our job but we are always happy to pass on our knowledge and experience to help out people when termites strike. One of the best DIY ways you can deal with termites is by termite baiting. It has a lot of advantages and is considered one of the most fool proof methods for delivering colony control and pest eradication.

Here are a few tips to tackle termites alone. If these don’t work for you or at all seems too much we are always here to help and provide a guaranteed pest removal service.

 

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1 Select the Right Bait

In our years of experience we have discovered that there are termite bait brands that are more reliable than others. When you’re dealing with something as important as the foundations of your home, price should be no deterrent.  Go for the top of the line baiting systems to ensure your termite problem is resolved quickly.  Speak to your local supplier and shop around for a quality product.

A huge part of your success weighs on the bait you choose to buy.

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2 Mixing Bait

Mixing your bait is of great important and is often the reason why DIY termite extermination attempts fail.  Bait must not be too moist or too dry or the termites or “white ants” wont go for it.  Make sure the water of liquid you are using to mix the bait is clean and free from contaminates.  Termites have a keen sense of smell and will avoid bait if it doesn’t seem quite right.

Make sure you follow the instructions to a T when choosing your liquid and mixing your bait to avoid wasting time and money.

3 Bait Placement

Once you have perfected the termite bait mix and are ready to set it around your home.   Firstly check which bait system you have.  Is it above ground? Is it below ground?  Or are you opting for a barrier treatment.  This step is crucial but often missed.  Don’t stress and start putting baits everywhere.  Sometimes less is more.

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In Ground Bait

If you know the route your termites travel along or any high activity areas try to place that baits here.  If you have access to timber that has already been eaten place your baits there.  Termites usually return to areas they have started to destroy.

If you have elected to use bait stations, make sure you don’t use a sealant that will repel the termites.

4 Place with Care

As experienced termite exterminators and inspectors we know to be careful around termites.  Try not to disturb their paths, routes or any insects themselves.  Termites will run if disturbed which may send them deeper under your home, into the walls and furniture and away from the bait.

5 Get Help

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At any point during baiting if you feel unsure, nervous or want to call in the experts make sure you contact us.  We have years of experience in termite baiting, termite inspections and general knowledge of the pests are are able to resolve any issue quickly and efficiently.

Damage to the foundations of your home isn’t something that you can ignore.  As soon as you suspect you have termites call in a professional!

 

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