Termites are a huge problem in Australia, and particularly along the hot, wet coastal areas of Queensland. They are so common that CSIRO predicts that one in every three homes will have termite problems at some point.
Many homeowners have taken the important step of getting a termite barrier to protect their homes. These barriers, either physical, chemical, or a combination of both are an excellent way to lower the risk of termite damage. But did you know that carelessness or just lack of knowledge about how to protect these barriers can lead to termites being able to enter your home?
A breach is any time that a break in the barrier occurs that allows termites to enter. It could be because of moving around soil that was treated, damage to your home that creates entry points, or perhaps attaching new structures to your home. Bridging is a particular kind of breach where a pathway (bridge) is created across a termite barrier allowing the termites to go from untreated ground to your home. Bridges are usually created by way of mud tubes so that the termites are not exposed to the elements or predators.
Common Ways Your Termite Barrier Can Be Breached
Termite breaches and bridges can happen for a number of reasons that you may never have even thought of. According to the QBCC (Queensland Building and Construction Commission), here are some of the common things that unsuspecting homeowners do that will increase their risk of termites, even though they have a termite barrier.
- Remove soil that was treated
- Remove or damage a physical barrier, like an ant cap
- Attach a fence, carport, garage, or other structure to your home without re-treating around the new addition
- Build a pergola or add a water tank that spans the barrier
- Put bark, garden beds, turf, etc. against the wall of the house
- Leave wood, bricks, tiles, or other items stacked against the house
- Install services that require underground connections (e.g. pay television)
How to Protect Your Termite Barrier
The above things might seem totally harmless, but in actuality, they are creating chinks in your termite barrier. Protect your home from termites by:
- Getting an annual termite inspection. If you are at high risk for termites, more frequent inspections may be necessary.
- Keep your eyes open for signs of termites between professional inspections so you can take care of the problem quickly.
- Anytime you do work in the soil around your home, consider if you will need to reapply a chemical barrier.
- When you are building freestanding structures near your house, remember to leave a clearance so that termite inspections can be conducted.
- Repair leaky faucets and pipes to prevent excess moisture.
- Make sure that weep holes and vents are not blocked so that moisture can escape.
- Don’t put any plants, bushes, or trees against your structures.
- Ensure new soil or disturbed soil is treated.
Sunshine Coast Pest Control
As mentioned previously, one of the most important things you can do to protect your home is to have it inspected at least annually. Radar Pest Control can help keep your home safe and termite free. Whether you need Buderim pest control, Nambour Pest Control, or anywhere in between, Radar Pest Control is your best bet. Contact us today for more information