Have you ever wondered why Subterranean Termite Preventative Programmes sometimes fail? I guess we have all heard horror stories from friends and neighbours of termite prevention failures which have led to costly structural repairs requiring thousands of dollars to rebuild.
This is despite an army of Professional Timber Pest Controllers in Brisbane being available and competent to advise on and successfully provide Termite Prevention Measures which, in Australia, meet world best practice methods.
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Expert assessment of a building’s construction faults is the first step of a successful termiticide or termite baiting prevention. For example, the Industry Code of Conduct established by AEPMA, the authoritive voice of member PestCert licenced termite controllers in Brisbane and nationally, recommends a Timber Pest Inspection is an essential pre-requisite to both environmental and conventional Subterranean Termite control or preventative treatment.
The assessment is an expert task requiring many years of termite experience. Items of importance identified during the subterranean termite inspection are included in recommendations for immediate and long term termite mitigation stratagies. Modern termicide barriers depend to a large degree on proper building practices being employed during construction. In Brisbane and surrounding suburbs, termite prevention options for new buildings include reticulation systems such as TermX, Camilleri and Altis which are termiticide delivery pipes installed as part of the construction procedure.
Depending on factors introduced by varying building types and designs, a competent building designer or engineer specifies CodeMark products to mitigate faults in the concrete slab and masonry elements such as cold-joints and expansion joints. Engineers often work together with consultants such as qualified termite experts to identify termite ingress points which may be created due to the design features of the completed building.
Building faults occurring commonly in Brisbane houses in my own experience include “over-looked” termite protection during renovations and additions. When adding, for example, a topping slab to an attached garage to accommodate a change of use to an extra bedroom, a qualified QBCC licensed termite expert should be consulted to assess any termite protection strategy which can be included in an architect design. Failure to observe termite pre-construction guidelines when adding a room, deck, verandah or nib retaining wall to an existing dwelling can cause serious termite and compliance consequences, ultimately costing a lot of dollars and heart-ache.
Subterranean termite interception and baiting systems such as Exterra and Rekon are often useful control options in situations where termite prevention options have been overlooked in situations such as these.
Termite ant capping systems such Homeguard, Kordon and Plasmite can be retro fitted where a certifier rejects insufficient preconstruction procedures. These retro-fit procedures while not cheap can often satisfy QBSA requirements for Class 1a dwellings where DIY projects have created termite hazards created by additional slabs, stairs, wall linings and some cases floor coverings.