Regardless of the system used, regular inspections should be carried out by a QBCC licensed contractor with the appropriate Termite Management licence to ensure termites have not bridged the barrier. It is recommended that inspections be at least every 12 months, or more often in high risk areas.
Most infestations occur at the perimeter of the building and usually result from owners being unfamiliar with “good practice”.
For example, an existing termite management system can be bridged by building garden beds or placing wood chips up to the house, or by attaching unprotected structures such as carports, pergolas and fences to the house.
Method of attack
Attacks on buildings usually originate from a nest below the ground. Termites build mud galleries when they are at risk of being exposed to enable them to travel over piers or walls to attack wood and wood products in buildings.
Usually, the nest is outside the building perimeter but occasionally a nest may be buried in the soil beneath the building. Termites can get inside a
building via wall cavities, cracks in mortar or concrete slabs and voids adjacent to service entry points.
Bill is a Licensed QBCC Termite Inspector – give him a call if you find any areas of concern around your home…