PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE TO REDUCE THE RISK OF SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE INFESTATION.
TIMBER STACKED AGAINST BUILDING,
Timber and/or debris stacked against the house should be removed so the chemical barrier will not be bridged.
CLIMBING PLANTS ON WALLS,
Climbing plants and/or thick vegetation growing against the house can provide a bridge over the termite barrier, also the roots of the plants could be excavated by termites and penetrate the termite barrier.
Leaking taps, broken service pipes, open ended down pipes, leaking hot water systems can result in termites using the moisture to start a nest.
BUILT UP GARDENS,
Garden beds with pine bark built up over weep-holes will provide termites access over the termite barrier.
TILLING OF GARDEN BEDS,
After a termite barrier is installed around your house the making of garden beds and or the tilling of garden beds will result in a break of the barrier. Pets digging around the house will result in the same.
DEAD TREES AND STUMPS,
Dead trees and stumps are good sites for termite nests.
“A COMPETENT INSPECTOR SHOULD BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ON BUILDING PRACTICE AND THE BIOLOGY OF TERMITES AND HAVE SUFFICIENT FIELD EXPERIENCE TO DETERMINE IF THERE IS AN INFESTATION IN THE BUILDING. IN GENERAL THE INSPECTOR SHOULD KNOW THE HABITS OF TERMITES, THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY WORK, THE PLACES WHERE THEY ARE LIKELY TO BE FOUND AND THE SIGNS WHICH SHOW THEY ARE PRESENT.”
FREQUENCY OF INSPECTIONS “REGULAR COMPETENT INSPECTIONS AT A MAXIMUM INTERVALS OF 12 MONTHS ARE RECOMMENDED, WITH MORE FREQUENT INSPECTIONS AT INTERVALS OF 3 MONTHS OR 6 MONTHS WHERE LOCAL TERMITE RISK IS HIGH. FURTHER INSPECTION IS RECOMMENDED WHEN BRIDGING OR BREACHING OF A BARRIER HAS OCCURRED, E.G. HOME ADDITIONS OR EARTHWORKS SUCH AS GARDENING ADJACENT TO THE BUILDING. REFER TO A PEST CONTROLLER OR CONSULTANT FOR ADVICE.”
Australian ants are a large and diverse group of insects that are an important part of our natural environment.
Ants cause problems primarily when they forage in buildings for food or water and when they construct nests in buildings and gardens.
When searching for food, they can be attracted to a wide range of products with different species preferring sweets, meats, fats or oils. They will also search indoors for water during dry periods.
Ant nesting activity outdoors can result in excavated soil being deposited in gardens and on brickwork. In most cases this causes little property damage but some species can form large numbers of chambers close to the surface. These chambers can cause soil to become soft and uneven, causing serious problems. Some species of ants pose health threats to people who are sensitive to their stings.