The way a home is built might affect its vulnerability to termite infestations. Termite infestations in completed houses can be difficult to detect due to certain home building materials and architectural designs. Certain construction methods offer entry points for termites as well. Termites consume the cellulose found in a home’s structural timbers, but that does not mean homes and structures built of brick, concrete and other cellulose-free materials are immune.
Termite treatments in Tweed Heads are the best way to fully guarantee your home is protected. Hamma Pest Solutions examines what makes your home more susceptible to termite infestation.
Risk Factors For Termite Infestation
There is a common misperception that termites may only infest timber structures. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. Termites can find a way to infest brick, concrete, stucco and stone houses as well. Several risk factors increase your chances of infestation.
Timber In Contact With Soil
Even if your home is not made of timber, certain structures like siding, decks, porches and fence posts pose an infestation risk ‒ especially any timber in contact with the soil. This can even include the vegetation on your property.
- Keep firewood off the ground and away from your property.
- Inspect for decaying logs or stumps and remove them.
- Keep trees pruned and maintained to avoid branches coming into contact with your home.
When it comes to the outside of residential buildings, landscaping timbers, stumps, and fences are common areas termites will attack.
Moisture / Leaks
Subterranean termites, in particular, are drawn to moisture, particularly in soil. Termites are more likely to invade a property if standing water is on the ground or excess moisture is affecting the building structure.
- Inspect and repair leaks, damaged sprinkler systems, drains and clogged gutters.
- Ensure you air out your home, particularly after heavy rains.
Termites will target structural flaws in your house; they are tenacious little creatures with billions of mouths to feed. Termites can effortlessly construct mud tubes over cracks, fractures and holes in your property’s structure.
- Inspect regularly for cracks and holes as well as tell tale signs of termite mud tubes and make repairs as required.
The age of a property is the most striking indicator of its susceptibility to termite damage. According to one study, properties 30 years or younger had the lowest rates of termite attack, whereas those over 70 years old had the greatest rates of termite invasion.
It’s Hamma Time! Accredited Termite Baiting And Treatment Solutions
If you have identified any of these vulnerabilities in your home’s structure or suspect you might have a termite infestation, Hamma Pest Solutions can help! We are accredited installers of the industry-leading termite baiting/monitoring system Trelona. Trelona picks up foraging termites before they get into your house. Once termites are feeding on the pre-loaded bait cartridges they are then transferring the bait bait back to the colony and over the time colony elimination is achieved.
For our termite treatments, we are accredited to use Termidor products. Termidor is undetectable by termites, unlike older chemicals. When termites detect treatments in the soil, they simply avoid the area and carry on finding alternative routes into your home to infest. But with Termidor, they come into contact with treated areas and it quickly spreads throughout the colony, rapidly eliminating the infestation. For effective termite treatment in Tweed Heads, get in touch with Hamma Pest Solutions today.