All The Places Pests Get Into Your Home
There are a surprising number of pests who will seek a more pleasant living environment in the cooler months. Ants, roaches, spiders, wasps and the most damaging pest for homeowners in Victoria, termites (white ants).
What are the most common entry points?
As a professional pest inspection team, BMC Building & Pest Inspections are qualified and experienced at finding all the places pests will use to enter your home. We know where to look and how to seal any breaches. We can put a protective barrier in place to deter pests from even reaching your home. Every home is different but the sorts of spaces we cover includes sidings, roof vents, passages, crawl spaces, exterior foundations, fans, dryer vents and windows. We check roof fixtures too – chimneys, panels, etc – for signs of breach or gaps.
Sometimes these points are hiding in plain sight
The doors to your house and garage are commonly used by pests to access your home unnoticed. With time, frames can become worn. Regularly check for cracks and if you see light showing through, that’s a sign that pests will also see it as a good access point. You might consider placing door sweeps at the bottom of your doors as well to act as a deterrent.
Are you putting the welcome mat out for termites?
Here in Victoria termites, or white ants, are probably the largest threat to your home as we do love our timber frame and heritage houses. While it’s difficult to avoid pests living in the soil surrounding your home (outside the barrier your pest inspection service puts down), there are a few simple steps to remember when laying garden beds next to it. Keep at least 50mm between the house and any ground level soil. When put against the exterior of the house, especially if it’s higher than the foundations, soil can create a termite highway. Same with mulch and shrubbery. Any plant that can be scaled gives white ants access to your home.
How to identify termite damage
If you are good with the upkeep of your home maintenance remember to regularly check all wood panelling for signs of pest damage. There are some visual signs that you may come across, some of which we discussed in a previous article on identifying termite damage here.
At BMC Pest Inspections we use thermal detection. It’s still the most advanced and reliable method of detecting termites. Using thermal imaging and Thermatrack equipment we can visually identify and confirm a termite presence and the exact location of the nest, making it an easier, time saving method.
BMC Building & Pest Inspection services all areas of greater Melbourne and regional Victoria.