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5 DIY tips for keeping out termites

At Dedant, we have written extensively about the dangers of termites. Given the dangers of these pests, we are sharing our DIY tips for keeping out termites.

1)     Fix leaky plumbing and gutters

Termites rely on moist soil to survive and thrive. A leaky pipe that can cause water to pool up under and around your house.

Termites build colonies in the moist soil near your house and then begin to eat the wooden fixtures of your homes. Get a plumber to ensure your pipes do not leak.

Even if you’re not a handyman yourself, keeping your gutters clean and free of leaves will also prevent moisture from building. This will also stop mold from occurring.

2)     Store excess wood away from your property

If you have a building project involving wood, it is not unusual to have excess planks of wood lying around afterward.

Do not leave piles of wood near your house. Termites will seek these out and then move from the wood pile to the external walls of your home.

Store your excess wood in a shed or under a tarp away from the external walls of your home.

3)     Tend to your gardens

Keep your garden clean, tidy and free of rotting tree stumps. Termites are attracted to wood rot.

You should also regularly clean your garden to make sure there are no dead or rotting plant matter on the ground.

A backyard full of loose, rotting plans matter gives termites a moist environment to thrive in. Cleaning your garden is a job you can do yourself.

 

signs of termites

Your backyard is the most common place for termite colonies to form. Keep it as clean as possible. Inspect regularly.

4)     Avoid cardboard

Cardboard attracts termites. As such you should seek to avoid using cardboard as much as possible.

Most of the cardboard we use is in storage containers and folders. Use plastic or metal containers and folders for storage instead.

5)     Keep good air circulation

Keeping good air circulation is vital to prevent termite infestations. With poor air circulation, condensation can build up and seep into the wood, creating a perfect environment for termites.

Opening windows and running ceiling/exhaust fans is an easy way to keep air circulation going and prevent the build-up of moisture.

an open window to improve ventilation

An open window increases air circulation and makes your home less habitable to termites

Always consult an expert

While these tips for keeping out termites are useful for prevention, if you see or suspect a termite infestation your first point of contact should be to an expert.

Dedant offers affordable, quality termite inspections and treatments.

Call now on 07 3807 0122.

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