Found termites outside? What should you do?
Have you just discovered evidence of termites in your garden? Worried about a brown mud looking nest on your tree? Lifted some loose timbers and seen white looking ants?
Don’t buy into the “Urban Myth” that you should leave them alone and they’ll leave your home alone. If you don’t treat them or reduce the conducive conditions around your home, their nest will just get bigger and bigger until it finds a concealed way into your house!
Well, you should definitely do something about it.
What you should do to treat live termites in your garden?
Don’t disturb them anymore. Termites, by instinct, will immediately flee back to their nest if they feel threatened; it’s a survival mechanism. You might think they’ve gone, but they will be back!
Call Conquer Termites now to arrange for one of our Technicians to apply a non-repellent transfer product called Termidor. Termidor is ideal for this kind of treatment as it is safe and effective in treating termites in loose timbers and in soil.
Panic option - don’t do
Follow the above advice. Don’t pick up all the timber and put it in the wheelie bin and think the problem is solved. Don’t rush off to Bunnings and buy a proprietary product that is unsafe and not the best approach.
Why should you treat the termites in your garden?
It’s normal to have termites foraging in your garden all year round, particularly in South-East Queensland, where we have warm temperatures and ample moisture. Should you do something about it – absolutely. Don’t buy into the “urban myth” that if you leave the termites alone, they’ve politely not visited your home. It’s just not that convenient. Actually, if you don’t kill the termites in your garden, you’ll just be allowing the colonies to build up numbers to the optimal size, so when they do find a concealed point of entry into your home, they will cause maximum damage.
- Never have timber in contact with the ground. Even treated timber eventually becomes susceptible to termites as the protection deteriorates with time.
- Ensure posts are concrete or steel and if they are timber, make sure they are separated from the ground by stirrups.
- Use non-edible material when you landscape – why give the foraging termites a restaurant?
- Get any large tree checked by one of our Technicians.
- Remove tree stumps
- Prevent any excessive and continuous moisture in your garden (leaking tap, broken pipe). Termites need to “gas up” on water before eating timbers.
As mentioned, there will always be termites foraging through your garden, you can’t stop them coming from neighboring properties but you can reduce and even eradicate the nest by installing a baiting program .