TERMITE PREVENTION PLAN
- Inspect your termite detection barrier monthly
- Always leave the barrier exposed
- Never stack anything against the outside walls of your home
- Keep garden beds away from barrier
- Engage a professional to conduct 12 monthly termite checks on your home
Your home has been constructed with an exposed slab edge around its perimeter as a termite protection zone. The slab edge runs either 75mm horizontally out from the bottom of the brickwork and/or Hebel or 75mm vertically for light weight cladding. This is a tried and tested termite prevention method, and is designed to force termites out of the ground so they have to build a mud trail over a physical barrier before they enter your home. As a result, you will clearly be able to see if termites are trying to enter your home and you can take action accordingly.
You can take control in preventing termites from entering your home by conducting regular checks around the perimeter of your home for the tell-tale signs of termite entry. In most cases, monthly inspections should be adequate, however if you live in more susceptible areas, such as close to bushland, you should do the inspections more frequently.
For the system to work, the edge of your slab, or mowing strip, should always be left exposed. Always position garden plants away from your external walls, and never stack anything against the wall, as this only serves to hide termite entry. You will notice the bottom of each of your downpipes is designed for you to easily see behind them. If the edge of your slab is covered in any way, such as when laying turf or installing garden beds, you should always clear it as soon as you can to avoid hiding entry points.
There are chemical termite prevention products available which are designed to prevent termites entering your home from points out of sight, such as between the concrete slab and your driveway. You should plan to install this when you design your driveway or do any other concreting around the house. Even with regular checks, you should get a professional to examine your home every 12 months just to be safe. If evidence of termites is found, they can help you rectify the problem.
For more information on termite prevention, refer to the QBCC publication Termite Management Systems - advisory notes for builders and homeowners.