Termites are everywhere in Australia. CSIRO estimate that 80% of all homes are within 25 m of a termite nest. So, it’s important to have a termite management plan in place to protect your property. Without one, it’s a question of when, not if, you will suffer a termite attack – very expensive and very emotional!
A termite management plan consists of two key elements:
- A termite management system to protect the building from termite attack
- Regular professional termite inspections
A termite management system consists of a range of physical and chemical elements to prevent termites gaining concealed access to the building. The building will have a number of physical features that block the concealed entry of termites. Weak points in the construction should be protected with additional physical or chemical termite protection products. The idea is that an integrated termite management system will ensure there are no entry points where termites can get into the building without being noticed.
Let’s look at the two most common construction types in Australia, homes built on brick piers and homes built on concrete slabs.
Termite inspections are a must
It is important to understand that all termite protection measures are designed to prevent CONCEALED TERMITE ENTRY. Even with a well-constructed building with integrated termite protection measures, termites can still get into the building. Termites can build their mud tubes on the outside of brick piers and indeed on the outside of the perimeter walls.
Obviously, when this happens the termite activity can be easily spotted… as long as you are looking. But when was the last time you inspected the perimeter of your home or ventured into the sub-floor? It’s for this reason the annual professional termite inspections are highly recommended.