Termites can be a serous problem for homeowners. They are not just an annoying pest; they can be very dangerous. Termites are attracted to damp conditions and wood, and they can burrow into the wood that forms the structural part of our home, and then cause serious damage, weakening the whole structure.
If you notice an infestation early and are willing to try to control it yourself, then you could use liquid pest control treatments or bait to try to get rid of the termites. However, if you are going to do this, you need to be systematic about it and make sure that you get the whole infestation. If you leave some, they could continue doing damage to an area of the property that you missed.
For this reason, if you think you have a termite infestation, perform a thorough inspection of the whole of the property looking for signs of termites. Be careful when identifying creatures – a lot of people confuse termites for winged ants because they do look quite similar. Look for termites anywhere that have exposed wood, and look at any plasterboard areas too because sometimes they can burrow through those as well. They like to make feeding galleys in wood and line them with soil.
Treat the area where the infestation is, and treat areas where the termites could get into the property, or where they could be attracted from. They like soil and standing water, and they like damp conditions as well.
Identifying those areas is a skilled job. The best thing to do if you think you have a termite infestation is to leave the termites alone – do not disturb them! – then call out a local pest management professional who service the Gold Coast region, to determine the extent of the problem. You have no idea how much damage the termites could have done and whether home renovations will be required. They will eradicate the infestation, and give you advice on problem areas.
Once the infestation is gone, there are a few things that you can do to stop them coming back. Clear out your garden and make sure that you don’t have leaves and waste piled up against the side of the house. Try to avoid standing water in buckets, puddles or containers lying around near your home. Treat the soil around the property to discourage termites from getting back in.
Perform regular inspections after the treatment is finished so that you know that the termites are well and truly gone. Be aware of the potential for them to come back if there was any left at all or if even a small area of the property was left untreated. This doesn’t mean that the pest control company did a bad job – it just means that the termites were very persistent and that something got missed. It could well take multiple treatments to completely get rid of them. Be prepared to accept that fact.