An extensive AUSTRALIAN STANDARD (As3660 Protection of buildings from subterranean termites) deals with protecting homes from termite attack. This standard provides minimum guidelines for home owners, builders and pest controllers on termite control and protection. The Building Code of Australia which is administered by local government authorities, requires various measures be taken when your home is built.
Termites may still gain entry though if you don’t take basic steps to help maintain the defences to your home that have been put in place by your Termite Engineer.
If you intend to make changes that may affect the protection of your home, as mentioned above, then ensure you contact your Termite Engineer first.
You can greatly enhance the security of your home by constructing a one wide concrete path, around the entire perimeter of your home. If installed correctly, termites will have to build a mud tube across the pathway to gain entry and can then be easily dealt with.
The path, however, must be protected first. This is done through the installation of a soil barrier by your Termite Engineer.
The Australian Standard and the Australian Building Standards Advisory Council recommend inspections at least every 12 months. Your Termite Engineer will perform this inspection for you.
He will perform a thorough survey of your property, including the garden area and trees where termite nests may be found, and provide you with a full written report detailing the results of his inspection. Appropriate recommendations on treatment and measures you should take to help ensure the security of your home will be outlined.
If you find any evidence of termites, damaged timbers, mud workings, then immediately contact your licensed Termite Engineer.
Do not disturb the workings in any way. Left undisturbed your Termite Engineer will be better able to tailor an eradication program to suit your home.
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