Although fall has officially started, this year it is a much warmer season than we are used to! With the milder temperatures, termite season has lasted longer than expected. Last week we discussed the signs of termite infestation. This week we are talking about what home owners can do when cleaning up for autumn:
1. Minimize Wood Debris
Outside in your yard, wood debris should be minimized as much as possible. The debris needs to be removed to a minimum depth of 300 mm under the building. There should also be a minimum clearance of 450 mm between any structural wood pieces and the ground under them.
2. Termite-Proof Insulation
You should also understand the foundation of your home or the house you are interested in purchasing. If the foundation is insulated, there should be a plastic or metal barrier between the insulation and finished materials. This helps prevent the termites from passing through the insulation.
3. Pressure-Treated Wood
Any structural wood which is supported by anything directly touching soil needs to be pressure-treated with a toxic chemical to termites. For any wood elements that have a vertical clearance of less than 150 mm from the ground, these need to be pressure-treated with a decay-resistant preservative.
The same steps are necessary for any wood that is exposed to precipitation and is likely to retain moisture. This helps prevent the wood from softening which is what termites need to create pathways and nests.This softened wood is delicious to termites! They will actually feed on any cellulose-based material, including books, boxes, furniture and drywall.
Termite colonies are hard workers, working non-stop 24 hours a day. This means they can actually do a lot of damage in a short amount of time.
Pictured above is an example of termite wood damage. Keep on the lookout for similar signs and for any questions call your termite experts at Advantage Pest Control at 1-877-504-BUGS!