Can We Keep our Homes Termite Proof?
Termites are pests which live below ground or behind walls in colonies. Two main species that are commonly found are the subterranean and drywood termites. Subterranean termites eat the soft wood between the grains in soil and moist conditions whereas, drywood termites eat across the grain with no patterns in dry wood.
Termites may bring about possible health issues for people who are allergic to termite saliva or droppings. Furthermore, heating or ventilation systems could spread the particles and dust from termite nests, that could trigger potential asthma attacks as well. Another major concern is how it can destroy your home and cause thousands of dollars in property damage that reduces the value of the property.
As such, proper preventive measures should be taken in order to not create spaces suitable for their growth.
Minimise all soil-to-wood contact around your house
Termites need water to survive and a water leakage acts as a trail for termites to find a place to live in. Regular maintenance will help spot any leakages and help you curb the problem early.
You should also be wary of your drainage systems and ensure that it works well. Make sure that all appliances or utilities in your condo lead to a proper drain as water collecting around the house can attract termites.
Regularly inspect wood and other stored products
Anything made of wood is capable of housing termites. Clean them regularly and look out for possible signs of a termite infestation. You can do so by:
- Looking for dead termites, termite wings or termite droppings
- Checking for small holes or sawdust-like matter that could be potential exit holes for the termites
- Noticing bubbled or cracked paint – these are indication of termite tunnels in your wall
- Inspecting your foundation and crawl space
- Knocking on non-hollow walls to check if they’ve been hollowed by termites – termites are capable of breaking down cellulose in wood
Regularly inspect your lawn
For condominiums, there are usually lawn spaces around the building which could attract termites due to its ideal living condition of wood, soil and water. Given that it is a big space, it is crucial to inspect it regularly and ensure there are no breeding nests.
You should also keep all shrubbery near your home trimmed and create a good amount of space with the exterior wall of your home. This opens up damp areas and creates a smoother airflow to dry it out quicker.
Any sprinklers should also be pointed away from the home’s foundation. Subterranean termites like moisture and could lead them into your homes if they find the environment suitable to live in.
Enlist the help of a professional pest exterminator for the ultimate pest protection
While there are potential health issues from termites, they are not as common as the health risks from chemicals that may be used to kill or repel them. Without experience or knowledge of how to apply the chemicals, some homeowners may underestimate how isolated the chemical application site should be from the rest of the home or allow too little time for the chemicals to dissipate before re-entering the home.
As such, you should avoid these risks and hire a pest control expert to make sure that the right chemicals are used and applied safely to prevent any potential damages.
PestBusters has a specialised Termite Management program
This covers all aspects in effectively eradicating a sustained termite infestation. If not dealt with early, termites can put the structural integrity of your property in jeopardy. Therefore, PestBusters tackles the problem with three phases to fully eradicate and prevent termite infestations from occurring:
Termite-proof your property during pre-construction stage
PestBusters will apply premium chemicals (Fipronil, Imidacloprid or Thiamethoxam) onto construction sites to treat the soil and completely eradicate termite colonies. Trithor will also be applied to form a physical barrier in the undersurface of the building, which repels and kills termites at all entry points.
Eradicate termites with termiticidal powder or foaming chemicals
The termites will pick up the toxic powder or chemicals that are strategically planted and bring it back to its colony and contaminate one another, effectively eliminating the entire colony for good.
Inject chemicals into the soil to form a treated zone that provides long-term protection of your property
If the building has already been constructed, you can still inject chemicals into the soil to form an extra layer of protection for your property.
Call +65 6288 2828 or enquire online today to termite-proof your condo or homes and keep it safe from any forms of potential infestation.