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How To Get Rid Of Termites - The Answer Depends on the Type of Termite

October 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 193

If you live in Sydney, Australia the buildings or wood structures on your property are targets for termites.  You have property insurance to protect your investment so you can recover from a fire or natural disaster such as damage caused by wind, snow and rain. However, that insurance does nothing to protect you from the damages termites cause.  If your home is already showing termite damage, no doubt you are wondering how to get rid of termites quickly and safely.

Termite infestations are occurring all over Sydney.  It doesn't matter where you live, if your property isn't protected from termites you are gambling with a losing hand.  The very nature of how termites feed, by eating the cellulose fiber in wood, means that buildings with wooden frames, window casings, doors, trim, steps or decks are delicacies for termites.  There's no argument that an existing infestation should be treated immediately, but the best advice is to protect your home and out buildings before the termites turn them into their food.  

There are do-it-yourself methods, but when you choose to get rid of termites yourself, you really aren't equipped with the tools to determine if the termites are totally eliminated.  Whether you perform DIY termite extermination or hire a professional, you need to understand that there are different species impacting the method for how to get rid of termites.

You need to know what kind of termite you have, before you can choose the right Termite Eradication methods.  In fact, you may be dealing with more than a single species. There are three categories of termites in Australia: dampwood, drywood and subterranean. If you have a lot of landscaping around your home using wood or bark chips as mulch, you put the mulch there for weed and moisture control.  Unfortunately, the dampwood termite loves damp rotting logs or piles of rotting wood chips.

Drywood termites prefer a dryer environment than the dampwood species and are able to get all the water they need from the wood they live in.  They don't even want to go near the soil. However, another species, the subterranean termite, prefers to live in the ground and lives off the moisture in the soil.  These termites are usually the pests that do damage to wood which is stabilized in the ground or in contact with soil such as building frames, decks, and wooden fences.

Once you know the type of pest you have, you can now make a decision on how to get rid of termites. There are not any reliable solutions available at hardware stores; in fact the termite products that come with a guarantee are those that are available only to professional termite inspectors and exterminators. Make sure the product you purchase addresses the needs of your specific type of termite.

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