Termites are a serious problem in Queensland, and they can cause serious damage to your home. So it’s no surprise that homeowners across the state want to know one thing: how to get rid of termites. Luckily, your options are far from limited! Of course, the best way to get rid of termites is with an expert pest inspection and targeted treatments. But there are other things you can do as well. To find out more about what these are, ready on!
Before you work out how to get rid of termites, you need to find out if they are around
Different termite prevention measures suit different types of infestation. For example, an infestation in an old tree in the garden will have a different solution to an infestation inside your home. That’s why the first step in getting rid of termites is to identify them. The best way to do this is with a pest inspection. But you can also try a wet cardboard trap. If you suspect that there’s a termite colony around your home, place wet, corrugated cardboard in a shaded and cool area. Check it periodically, and if you see termites, spring into action!
Contact a specialist to set a chemical termite barrier
When it comes to getting rid of termites, it’s hard to go past pesticides. They might be a bit intimating, but in the hands of an expert they are effective on termites, and harmless to you. The most common application for pesticides is the chemical barrier. This basically involves digging a trench around your property and applying the right pesticide to the exposed soil. Of course, you shouldn’t do this by yourself; pesticides are potentially harmful without the right tools and expertise. That’s why you should always get in touch with a pest control specialist.
Timber termite treatments
Another great way to avoid termite damage in your home is with timber treatments. By treating the timber structures in your home, you can make them unpalatable for termites. However, this is only a pre-emptive treatment – if the termites have already settled in your home, then you’ll need to work with a pest control expert to get rid of them.
If you have termites in timber furniture, take it outside into direct sunlight and contact an expert
Termites go after more than our homes. They also go after timber furniture. If you have some old antiques in the garage or shed, they may be at risk of termite damage. If you suspect that termites are tucking into your beautiful timber furniture, we suggest placing it in direct sunlight, well away from your house. Keep a close eye on it, and you should be able to see termites making their exodus from the timber and it heats up. Termites cannot stand sunlight, and in a lot of cases it actually kills them. If you see them fleeing your timber furniture, it might be time to call in an expert.
Taking some preventative steps like removing mulch
So far, these steps have covered how to get rid of termites. But what about ways to prevent them? This tip is one of our favourites, because you can go out and do it this weekend! Simply by moving mulch and dead timber well away from your home, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of a termite infestation. Timber products like woodchip and mulch are termite heaven. And if they’re too close to your house, termites can make the transition easily. Try and keep a dead-timber free zone directly around your house, where possible.
For more great tips and effective termite eradication services, get in touch with Evict-A-Bug today!