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6 Secrets to Fight Termite Infestations
Cairns Pest Control Termites

Written by Peter Muller

Pest Control Cairns

I expect that you’ll be surprised to discover that there are around 360 species of termites in Australia. That’s a lot! However,  you’ll be pleased to know that only 15 or so species of subterranean termites have the reputation of eating timber. Unfortunately for those of us living in Cairns, 10 of those species reside in our great Sunshine State.

Your home is one of the biggest investments most of us will make in our lives, don’t let it all come crumbling down because of an invasive pest that’s only a few millimetres tall! Termite inspections by an expert Cairns pest control company should be an essential part of your home’s ‘insurance’.

35% of all homes sold have some form of dry rot, termite, borer or timber fungus

6 Pest Control Secrets

Here’s a few secrets you may or may not know about to help you control termites around the home.

Remove Timber Stacked Against Buildings

If you have a chemical termite barrier around your home, timber and debris stacked against the house should be removed so the chemical barrier will not be bridged. Chemical termite barriers are very effective, however all it takes is a simple mistake to let the pests into your home.

Remove Climbing Plants on Walls

Climbing plants and/or thick vegetation growing against the house can provide a bridge over the termite barrier. Furthermore, the roots of the plants that may have penetrated any termite barriers could be excavated by termites to gain access into your home.

Stop Leaking Plumbing

Leaking taps, broken service pipes, open ended down pipes and leaking hot water systems create an effective environment for termites to build a nest.

Remove Built Up Gardens

Garden beds with pine bark built up over weep holes will provide termites access over the termite barrier. Weep holes are small openings at the bottom of assemblies, in this case walls, that allows water to drain from within that assembly.

No Tilling of Garden Beds

After a termite barrier is installed around your house, any subsequent creation of garden beds or the tilling (digging,raking) of garden beds will result in a break of the barrier. Also, be mindful that pets digging around the house will result in the same.

Remove Dead Trees and Stumps

Dead trees and stumps are good sites for termite nests, so it’s a good idea to remove them if possible. Larger stumps may require the use of a stump grinder, but it’s worth the extra outlay to reduce the risk of a termite infestation in your home.

One in three homes in Australia will suffer from termite damage in its life

At Eco Pest Management, our customer centred Pest Control Cairns service will:

  • Complete a thorough inspection and analysis of your overall pest problem within your environment
  • Advise you if there are other pests that you should be made aware of and whether these will require any intervention
  • Discuss with you a best-practice pest control solution that will enable you to be in full control of what is happening in your home or workplace
  • Ensure all pest control Cairns recommendations are in line with your specific requirements and budgetary guidelines

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