Termite Protection: Keeping Away Termites From Your Compound

Termites are very common insects that feed on mostly wood, rubber and plastic.  The insects are known to leave mud trails on the ground and walk in troops. The insects are dreaded by every household owner since they can cause havoc on wood products in the house causing a lot of damage that can make you dig deeper into your pocket to rectify the mess created by these insects.

However the thought of this insect should not scare you as a home owner since with the right remedies and control mechanisms you will not have to dig deeper into your pocket to control this insect.  They say protection is better than cure and there are several methods you can use to protect yourself from termites.

The most common household rules to protect yourself from termite infestation are:

  1. Keep stored timber, cellulose materials and debris away from your compound. Timber is the most common food source for termites. Timber also provides an attractive breeding area for the insects since they can build their mud trails on the timber and move onto the next point once they have finished eating the timber. Timber also acts as a hiding spot for the termites. Keeping timber and debris away from your compound helps keep away termites since they only settle on a place they have found an attractive source of food.
  2. Leaking pipes and taps should be repaired. High moisture levels attract termites since they use moisture to construct their mud shelters and trails. Repair of leaking pipes and taps will help keep off termites from your house.
  3. Use termite treated timber when constructing any household shed. Always use termite treated timber when constructing timber sheds around your house. If termite treated timber is a bit expensive treatment of timber using grease and tar is a better option.
  4. Keep off climbing plants and bushy plants from your compound climbing plants can be a good hiding place for termites. Should the plants climb across your fence termites will have access to your compound and can sneak unnoticed? Always ensure no climbing plants are growing close to your house. Also, some plant roots can penetrate your compound from underground, hence importing the termites into your compound.
  5. Uproot and burn dead stumps and shrubs, dead stumps are a rich source of food for termites. Always ensure that all stumps and shrubs around your compound are uprooted and burnt. Termites  will only settle where there is a source of food.
  6. Ensure subfloor areas of your house are properly ventilated. Lack of proper ventilation to subfloor areas of your house causes high humidity and moisture levels. Proper ventilation is presence of fans will result in a reduction of moisture, hence creating an unfriendly breeding place for the termites.
  7. Use of termite protection options when during construction. There are several options available that can help you a great deal in the control of termites. These methods include Chemical barriers, Physical barriers, use of termite resistant materials, and Landscaping considerations. These methods depend on the physical location and the building materials one is using to construct. Construction companies always advise their clients on the best termite control options that will effectively work for them.