Tips for Termite Control
Did You Know: Termites are able to gain access to your home through the soil and foundations? Termites are also able to get through crevices and concrete foundations.
Pest Works employ numerous techniques to assist in protecting your property or home against termites. Our service includes:
- Monitoring and evaluation involves using termite bait boxes, carefully positioned in strategic areas around your home to observe and monitor termite activity. Your Pest Works termite experts will regularly evaluate these traps for termite activity.
- This technique can be employed at any stage of the building’s life.
- We recommend using a chemical termite barrier which involves applying recommended chemicals to the ground, either under the tiling or wood panels or around the entire stand of the property.
How to get rid of Termites
- Remove any wood that is stored on your property, including debris and from beneath, in and around the building as well as underneath the property: If you store wood against or beneath your house or building on a sub-floor, this provides great food source and burrowing site for these type of termites. This can also guise evidence termites gaining access to your property. We recommend removing any wood as well as debris which include dry leaves or branches away from your home.
- Fix taps and pipes that are leaking: It is important to fix leaking taps, pipes as well as geyser overflow piping underneath or around your house. To irradicate a termite infestation, you will need to fix any broken pipes to fix moisture levels, which will attract underground termites to your house.
- Ensure that air vents in flooring are unblocked: Blocked ventilation under the flooring areas of your house could result in increased humidity and moisture in your home. Adequate ventilation and extraction fans are recommended to reduce the risk from underground termites.
- If possible move all hot water pipes and air-con pipes away from the side of the property: Also make sure stormwater drains are properly connected and runoff is correctly diverted.
- Only use wood that is termite treated in garden beds, walls structures or fence polls: Ensure that you get rid of termites at the first point of call before they become troublesome. always use treated woods to create garden beds or walling, as these structures could attract termites to your property.
- Build wood fences and supporting polls with a 50mm clearance between the wood and ground: Ensure an adequate clearance underneath the wood fence polls any beams to the soil surface. This will help with monitoring and evaluation. Galvanised polling shoes that raise the wood off the ground can be purchased from any decent hardware store.
- Be careful of climbing plants or luscious bushes to grow against the house walls: plants that climbing against the side of your property allow termites to enter undetected. Some plants have roots that can get into the foundations of your home and allow termites to gain access undetected. We recommend a 30cm clearance. Always remember to never plant trees which send roots under concrete or the structure close to the property.
- Take out any dead trees and stumps: these are perfect places for termites to burrow in. Take out these or have them treated by our team to reduce the risk to your home.
- Make sure that termite shielding is not compromised or broken: Such metal strips or ant caps in and around the structure of your property don’t prevent termite access but force termites out into the open where they can be monitored with a frequent termite evaluation from our team.
- Watch out for home alterations or construction that can negatively affect the previous termite protection solution: Adding a new addition to the home such a veranda, new windows, tiling extensions, or even new piping or cabling can give termites a new route of entry into the home across the termite protection solution that was previously actioned on the property.
- Where a property is on a slab of concrete on ground construction, we recommend leaving a minimum of 75mm of the edge of the slab exposed: holes in between brick, which is found just above the concrete, should also be left exposed. If you build or landscape gardens, allow the ground to be placed above the corner of the slab, or raised above the paving over the slab itself, otherwise, termites may get access to your house undetected and get through the previously applied termite eradication solution.
- Make sure that all the wood from construction is removed on completion: Termites can often destroy and burrow in the formwork and gain access into your property this way.
The initial step in dealing wit ha termites infestation is to arrange a thorough evaluation of your house to confirm where they are gaining access to the property and the extent of the infestation.
What is a Chemical termite barrier
When termites are first noticed, it is more than likely too late to implement prevention tactics. Termite infestations are not too obvious and may cause a lot of damange to a home. We always recommend preventative measures and can offer a “safety bubble” for your home.
- What is a Chemical Termite Barrier? This involves adding a liquid chemical to the ground, either under the wooden flooring as well as around the perimeter of your property’s structure. Pest Works have skilled termite control experts that are qualified to clean up and provide a solution to your house or commercial property, assuring we deploy an effective barricade with the minimum disruption to your property and the environment.
- Is the Chemical Termite Barrier suited to everyone? The chemical barrier is recommended for homes or business wanting to deal with termite infestations and implement a sustainable solution against the infestation. This is one of the best solutions and can be implemented across seasons.
- Best Types of Chemical Barriers: We work with various types of chemical barriers to eradicate termites; each chemical we have thoroughly tested. We approach every termite issue differently and we will give a bespoke solution suited to your property.
- Our pesticides are used in line with SABS: Our chemicals used by Pest Works are registered and tested by the SABS (South African Bureau of Standards) and are carefully used to not impact the environment or cause any damage.