Pre-construction termite management – the best thing you can do to protect your home from the termites
Termite Management for New Houses in the Sunshine Coast
Australia’s Building Regulations decree that all new houses, and this includes any extensions, have some form of termite management solution and a new building must have its structural members protected against the concealed entry of subterranean termites before the local council can qualify the property for a Certificate of Occupancy upon completion.
Building code requirements for termite treatment in new constructions explain control methods in areas where subterranean termite infestations are common.
Wood-to-soil contact should always be limited by supporting wood with a concrete base, and there should be no cellulose materials or termite food sources like wood on the building site, including underneath front porches. Soil should slope away from the foundation to create proper drainage, and there should be sufficient ventilation to limit any moisture build-up. A particle barrier made from sand or basaltic rock will reduce access. Stainless steel mesh barriers or termite shields around the foundation and utility openings help to block entry points.
Although termite control and management systems should last from six to 13 years, an annual inspection of the house is not only well advised but often a requirement to maintain any kind of warranty.
Pre-Construction Termite Inspections & Treatment in the Sunshine Coast
This pre-construction treatment, when carried out thoroughly, should last from two to five years, which means it is already an effective treatment, however careful routine inspections should still be conducted to make sure that no termites have been able to cross the barriers. The application of chemicals to the soil adjacent to and under a building form a lethal or repellent chemical barrier against termites.
Although you cannot get rid of termites permanently, you can certainly prevent them from taking up residence in your home and control any active colonies in the vicinity.
Termite treatments can be the most complex of any household pest management issue. Unfortunately termites do not limit themselves to old or rotten wood, and are equally happy to consume brand new wooden studs or foundations, which means they may return, especially if a building is already vulnerable.
A new home must be fitted with a termite management system or be built with termite resistant structural materials. Termite bait and monitoring systems allow checks for activity.
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