Preventing Termite Infestations: Tips for Termite-Proofing Your Property


Preventing Termite Infestations: Tips for Termite-Proofing Your Property

Termites love a bit of warm weather, so you can imagine how much they like Perth with its balmy climate. Unfortunately, their idea of a good time is not sunbaking on the beach but causing silent destruction to your property. By the time their presence is noticed, your home or business may already have suffered costly damage. At Adaptive Pest Control, preparation is the mother of success. With a few of our preventative tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of a termite infestation.  


Termites: A Substantial Threat 

A positive first step in termite-proofing and prevention is understanding your enemy. The most common species in the region are subterranean termites, which build colonies underground and access structures through mud tubes or by travelling through soil. 

Termites feed on cellulose found in wood and other plant materials. They can eat through wooden structures such as beams, joists, and studs, compromising the structural integrity of buildings. Nor do they limit themselves to structural wood. They can also go after your home’s furniture, books, or any other cellulose-based item. 

The cost of repairing termite damage can be substantial. In many cases, the extent of the damage may only be apparent once it has reached an advanced stage, requiring extensive repairs and treatments. So, let’s take some proper precautions and explore practical tips for preventing termite infestations to safeguard your property. 


Termite-Proofing: Top Tips 

Termite prevention measures contribute to early detection and control of infestations. Early intervention is key to minimising their financial impact and ensuring the longevity of a property. 


Make Regular Inspections 


While avoiding a visit from your termite neighbours altogether may not be possible, regular inspections can prevent their quick snack from becoming a destructive feast. It is essential to detect any early signs of termite activity promptly. You can achieve this by conducting a thorough check both indoors and outdoors. Also, since termites are attracted to cellulose-based materials, it may be time to de-clutter and tidy up any piles of unused paper or cardboard you have lying around the house. 

Internally, focus on wooden structures like beams and window frames, checking for hollow sounds by tapping surfaces and carefully inspecting baseboards for markings or mud tubes. Attics and crawl spaces are also common places to find evidence of termites, such as droppings and discarded wings. Where possible, remove any infected or damaged wood once found. 

 Externally, examine your foundation and walls for cracks or gaps, and be on guard for those telltale mud tubes along the property’s exterior. Any gaps should be sealed with materials like foam or caulk to prevent termite access. Wooden fixtures, like fences, decks, and outdoor furniture, are especially vulnerable and should be treated with termite-resistant products. For an even more proactive approach, consider using termite-resistant construction materials 

In addition to DIY inspections, it is highly advisable to schedule termite inspections from professionals like Adaptive Pest Control.  We have the expertise to identify early signs of termites and can advise you on the best action to eradicate them. A vigilant inspection approach can fortify your property against termite threats and ensure a lasting defence. 


Control Moisture  


Termites, like other pests, are naturally drawn to damp environments. If homeowners want to avoid creating a termite paradise, proactive measures are required to mitigate moisture levels. Regularly inspect your property for water leaks, both indoors and outdoors.  

Leaky pipes, faucets, or roofs can create ideal conditions for termite infestations. Quick repairs of your leaks will hinder this and, as a happy addition, contribute to water conservation. Ensuring proper drainage through well-maintained gutters and downspouts will also divert rainwater away from foundations, reducing the risk of water pooling.  

Strategically placing dehumidifiers in areas prone to high humidity, such as basements and crawl spaces, can aid in maintaining optimal moisture levels. As for your gardens, avoid planting vegetation too close to the foundation, as this can contribute to moisture retention. 


Effectively controlling moisture is essential to termite prevention. By diligently managing moisture, you can deter termites and enhance your properties’ overall resilience. 


Consideration Your Landscape  


Since a termite’s first home is in the ground, it is important to consider the landscape of your property as well as its interior. Termites often use vegetation as a bridge to access homes. Regularly maintaining a clear zone around your property by trimming plants and trees will help stop this.   

You can also be strategic in your choice of plants. Planting termite-resistant species such as lavender and rosemary around your borders creates natural deterrents. Since mulch can attract termites, avoid placing it directly against exterior walls or opt for alternative materials like rubber or gravel. Make routine inspections of landscaped areas and promptly remove any deadwood before the little blighters are attracted by it.  

If you’re having trouble figuring out how to defend your landscape, consider seeking professional advice. Experts can provide valuable insights into plant selection and strategies to discourage termite activity. By taking these proactive measures, you can enhance the appeal of your property while protecting it against the persistent threat of infestations. 


Create Barriers 

Your home is your castle. So, like any good King knows, you must create strong barriers to protect it. In medieval times, this meant ramparts and a moat. In Perth, this means physical or chemical termite barriers.  

When installing physical termite barriers, consider materials such as stainless steel mesh. This fine mesh is an effective obstacle, preventing termites from infiltrating the property through tiny gaps, cracks, or vulnerable entry points. Ensure the physical barrier is installed around the entire property, covering all potential access points. This includes the foundation, walls, and areas where structures meet the ground. Thorough coverage is essential for maximum effectiveness.  

Chemical termite barriers involve treating the soil around the property with termiticides. These chemicals create a protective barrier that discourages termites from approaching the structure. For the best results, enlist professional pest control services like APC to apply termiticides. We have the expertise to determine the type and amount of termiticide required for a thorough and effective treatment. 


Adaptive Prevention 

If you want to be proactive about termite protection or think you may already have a termite problem, you need our help.  Adaptive Pest Control can unearth early-stage infestations, allowing for timely intervention and tailored prevention strategies. So get in touch today!