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Keep your New Home Safe

When building your dream home, there are a number of factors that come to the fore. You probably chose the location very carefully – how safe the suburb is, whether it is near to amenities, etc. The last thing on your mind is likely to be the possibility of pest infestation. After all, pest infestation is not necessarily something one associates with new homes.

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You do need to be very careful, especially when it comes to destructive pests such as termites, for example. You should try to find out if there have been termite problems in the area. You could be asking for a lot of trouble further down the line if you do not take steps to protect against termite damage.

Even if construction is complete or even quite far advanced, you will still be able to make arrangements to protect your home from termite damage. There are several steps that you can take in order to protect your home from termite damage. You can erect physical termite barriers or you can make do with chemical barriers.

To begin with, it is important to understand a little bit about termites. As a species, termites are very social and tend to work together as a group. They have a society with a strictly defined caste system. At the top of this system is the queen – responsible for laying eggs and thus the propagation of the colony. These eggs hatch into nymphs and these nymphs, when grown, will slot into one of the different castes – workers, soldiers, etc. The ones that we most need to worry about are the worker termites – they are responsible for feeding the colony and they do this by breaking down and feeding on wooden structures and wooden homes. You thus need to be especially careful to protect your house from these industrious little worker termites – according to pest control experts.

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A chemical barrier will most likely be some form of insecticide. In this instance, a layer of chemicals is sprayed all around your home’s foundations and literally makes the soil toxic to the termites. As a non-toxic alternative to the chemical route, you can choose to use a physical barrier in the form of sandbags or metal screens. Whichever route you decide to take, it is an important part of keeping your home safe from termites and termite damage and is very important if you want to be able to enjoy your home for years to come.