By far the most important means of Termite Prevention as Australian Standards AS 3660.2 recommends, are regular termite inspections, at least annually but more regularly when previous termite activity has been recorded, high risk conditions exist or building or landscaping alterations have occurred.
TERMITE PREVENTION IN PORT MACQUARIE
Good under floor clearance and crawl space are essential to help protect your home from termites. A general guideline is that under floor clearance should be greater than 400mm under the floor bearer which allows access for a physical inspection and treatment .
Ducted floor heating should be well insulated and the ducts not touching the ground.
All slab penetrations are protected with termite collars or other termite prevention treatment. A penetration is where plumbing and electrical and communication pipes go through the concrete slab under the Bath, Shower, Vanity etc. Particular areas to watch are those under the shower base or bath. These are often hidden termite entry points. Any moisture from water seepage or leaking tiles attract foraging termites.
Garden sleepers and inground timber should be well away from the house or removed entirely. Timber sleeper retaining walls should be replaced with non susceptible products, like masonary or treated pine.
A well ventilated subfloor under the property should be maintained or created. Old Terra Cotta vents should be replaced with more efficient brass mesh vents or fans. Moisture is the number one attractant for termites, as having a reliable source of moisture is imperative for termite survival. Improve under floor ventilation to maximize protection.
Soil and Paving levels should be below the slab edge and not covering the weep holes in the brick work.
Soil Levels around homes with timber suspended floors should also be kept well below the floor level allowing adequate air flow to the subfloor.
Timber offcuts, Building material and other items should all be removed from under the home. Termites eat any item containing Cellulose (Cardboard, Paper, Timber, etc).
Gutters, down pipes and drainage should all be in good repair and working efficiently. Hot Water Pressure Release outlets and Air Conditioning Overflows should be plumbed to stormwater or at minimum away from home. Ag pipes and extra drainage may be needed for damp areas around the home.
All timber form work used during the building process should be removed and leave no consealed timbers hidden under soil.