Termites infest wood work without any immediate signs of damage. They are some of the most destructive pests on earth. While each termite species thrives in different climates and eats different types of food, all termites require four things to survive — food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperature. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide these ideal conditions for termite infestation.
They feed on dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees, including wood and wood in the soil. A termite’s mouth is capable of tearing large pieces of food. They measure approximately one centimeter in length, they cause costly damage to property. Foundations, furniture, shelves, books, carpets and insulation are all feeding sites for termites.
Subterranean termite homes are usually formed in soil. Within these mounds, termites build elaborate tunnel systems and mud tunnels through which they access food above the ground. Drywood termites live within the wood they consume and oftentimes infest walls and furniture.
When a colony has matured, winged, swarming termites can be seen around windows and doors. Winged termites are highly attracted to sources of light and are most active in springtime. After mating, these termites locate a new breeding site and create another colony, spreading infestations throughout multiple locations.
Since termites are a constant threat to your home, here are some things you can do during the year. Start by eliminating moisture conditions and food around your home. Eliminate Moisture Problems, repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and air conditioning units, divert water from foundation, keep gutters and down-spouts clean, remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch, get rid of standing water on roof, keep all vents clear and open, seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes, remove food sources, keep firewood, lumber, or paper away from foundation or crawl space, get rid of stumps near the house, place screens on outside vents also ensure wood at your home doesn’t contact the soil.
On an annual basis check that water is directed away from the foundation even the sprinklers. Wood and other cellulose materials (including mulch) should be kept away from the foundation, if a must use mulch sparingly.Ensure that the foundation is exposed around the entire house and that the basement is dry.
All this at times is not effective especially if you are not experienced and don’t know where to look, if the termites do not go away contact a reputable termite treatment service from companies like http://termiteservicessydney.com.au/about.