Termites, without them we’d be 100 feet deep in dead trees all around the world, they have a significant job to do, and they do it well. However, termites cause more damage, to more homes, every single year than all the wars have done since the beginning of time, it just all spread out so you don’t recognize it. In every country in the world, termites do billions of dollars of damage with their infestations and colonies, that relentlessly eat and burrow in our wood. One of the most effective measures that a homeowner can take against termites, and their damage, is to do periodic inspections of your home for infestations. Let’s go over a few basic, and easy, tasks that the homeowner can do to substantially mitigate their risk to termite damage by Termite Protection Company Brisbane.
Most termite damage is caused by subterranean termites that live in fallen trees, and their roots below ground level, in huge colonies involving millions upon millions of drone workers. These workers work tirelessly from birth to death, 24 hours a day, finding and eating the wood from your house. Termites only eat dead wood, never live wood that has sap in it, but since houses are always built with wood that has been kiln dried it makes a perfect meal for the average termite. Your job, inspecting your house, is to find the termite’s access points and take proactive measures to limit their access and kill as many as possible.
When locating pests of any kind, there are couple of valuable tools that you need have, the first will be a powerful flashlight, a screwdriver, good eyesight, and the diligence to make it happen. So, what you’ll want to do is, start on the corner of your house on the outside perimeter, walking slowly and looking for termite access points and evidence of their damage. When the termite colonies come out of the ground looking for your home, they build mud tubes up the outside of your foundation to the wood, then burrow in. Once they’ve found a good meal, they return to the colony and bring back a steady stream of worker drones that will then continue to consume your home 24 hours a day.
If you have found some mud tubes rising up from the ground along your foundation, you’ll want to immediately knock them down, then you need to soak the ground thoroughly with the appropriate insecticide to prevent their return. You’ll want to saturate the ground at least 10 feet in each direction next to the foundation so that any other termite scouts that come along will die and not reveal the location of your home. The screwdriver that you have so diligently carried so far, is to probe the wood in suspect locations to see if the termites have eaten substantial amounts of your home. Even though they work slowly they are relentless.
As you can see, inspecting your home is fairly easy task that should not be neglected. By repeating the process, both inside and outside of the home, every couple of months you will be able to completely prevent any termite infestation. Maintaining a perimeter blockade of insecticide is also a valuable deterrent.