Termites are considered to be pests that cause a lot of destruction all over the world, and Australia is not a stranger to these depredations. There can be many different types of termites that can cause this damage and Australia is home to more than 300 different species. Of these, only a few are responsible for causing damage to homes, and of this, it is the Coptotermes species that can be considered a public enemy that does require homes in Australia to go in for termite management techniques by The Pest Company a Brisbane and Gold Coast termite barriers expert.

termites crawling over plant matter in a Gold Coast gardenThe risk of any major damage to  Australian homes is not very great but all types of homes can face the risk of a termite attack. This risk can be reduced if proper care is taken in laying down barriers and then constantly inspecting and maintaining them. Termite control is one form of pest control that requires a continuous effort. There are many forms of treatment that can be used to eradicate the infestation of pests,  and also set up barriers to control their entry into homes.

Termite management can include techniques for pest control that can be physical, biological or chemical, besides mechanical means of controlling termites. A start must be made with the materials that are used to build a home, and all of them must be termite proof or treated to resist termites. Wood can be chemically treated, as soft and damp wood makes for food sources for termites and are practically an invitation to pests. If this food source can be limited or properly protected, termites will have no interest in invading a home.

Termite usually travels underground to reach into a home and can even find their way through cracks in concrete floors. Physical termite barriers are best installed in new construction and this is done by a protective layer over which a floor of concrete can be laid. This layer is treated with chemicals, besides forming a physical barrier that termites may find it difficult to get through. A chemical termite barrier in new constructions consists of a liquid chemical that is poured into the soil before foundations are poured. The treatment is repeated after the plinth work is completed to give an additional chemical protection. A system of underground pipes is often installed on the perimeter of homes, that can carry the necessary chemical liquid that acts against termites. The installation of these pipes allows for the chemical to be reapplied at regular intervals as part of the termite management scheme.

Prevention is one of the best techniques to employ in the fight against termite infestation. Avoid the storing of timber material and other items that contain cellulose. Termites thrive in damp conditions and it, therefore, becomes necessary to ensure that dampness is avoided and leaks in water pipes constantly repaired. All subfloor areas and attics must have the right ventilation as then damp conditions can be better avoided. Ensure that any rain runoff is led away from building perimeters and foundations. Keep climbing plants away from walls of the home.

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