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Pest Proofing Your Home: Termites

When it comes to termites, it’s always better and smarter to start pest proofing your home even before any kind of termite damage starts to take place. 

Of all common house pests, termites are the most damaging and costly. And since they live underground, you won’t even know they have invaded your home until it’s too late. 

Whether you live in a horizontal or vertical/apartment-type dwelling, termites can spread from your neighbour’s house to yours without any signs. Taking preventive measures to minimize termites in your home is important. Below, we give you 4 tips you can do to minimise termites in your home. 

Pest Proofing Your Home Tip 1:

Repair Leaks- One thing that attracts termites into homes is moisture from stagnant water, leaks, and anything that is damp or wet around the home. As water collects around the source of the leak, the wooden materials near the area start to absorb the excess moisture in the air, and this begin to attract termites on the hunt for food. 

Repairing leaks will help reduce moisture in areas around your home where water accumulate and also prevents water from seeping into your home’s wooden foundation. With less moisture around the wooden foundations of your home, termites will have no choice but to find other places that offer easy access to both water and food which they need to keep their colony alive. 

Pest Proofing Your Home Tip 2:

Minimise Humidity in the House- Humidity is another factor you need to watch out for if you want to minimise termites in your home. Places with high humidity like Singapore are prone to termite activity, most especially subterranean termites that require a lot of moisture to survive. During early mornings and the rainy season, there is an increased level of humidity in the air that could be absorbed by your house’s wooden foundation and even enter your basement, locking humidity in and creating lots of moisture that can damage your wooden materials as well as other items in your home/basement. 

You can easily minimise humidity in your home by circulating the air around your home/basement using a ceiling fan. You could also open windows if it’s not cold or wet outside to let out the excess moisture. You could also buy a dehumidifier or exhaust fans for your basement that you can use during the rainy season, when termites are more active in searching for sources of food. 

Pest Proofing Your Home Tip 3: 

Regularly Inspect Basements and Walls- Taking measures to minimise termites at home won’t be enough if you don’t do regular inspection around the home since termites easily move from one part of the home to another. Termites are really hard to spot since they are hidden within structures, fixtures and underground, or within beams and walls or panels. 

For the untrained eye, termite activity is hard to spot, and most signs of termites in the home appear only when the damage is already bad or the home is already heavily infested. That’s why calling pest control specialists for regular inspection is important. 

Trying to eliminate termites using DIY methods is not good either: without proper tools and knowledge, termites will only scatter to another part of the house which makes control more difficult later on. 

When you do regular inspection, you can easily find termite entry point around your home and repair it before termites find it. This will help prevent them from entering your home and infesting your wooden materials. Check out our termite-inspection tips here

Pest Proofing Your Home Tip 4:

Set up Barriers to Prevent Termite Entry- Setting up barriers around your home before termites even come and attack your home is one of the best ways to prevent them from coming into your home in the first place. Pest control specialists use special chemicals and baits to set up these barriers but doing this using DIY methods could be harmful to you and your loved ones, so we advise against using DIY methods for chemical-based anti-termite barriers. Get the right treatment today. 

When it comes to termites and other pests in general, prevention is better than cure. If you can prevent termites from entering your home, you can relax in your home without having to worry about house falling on top of you. But even if you know how to prevent termites from entering your home, calling a pest control specialist to help ensure the safety of your home is still the best option.