There are a multitude of factors to consider regarding installation-maintenance of a termite management system and a broad range of products on the market. It does take a great deal of experience to fully understand the range of products and their requirements for application.
Termite management systems usually have chemical and physical components applied at progressive stages during the project and some stages require a combination of product types. For example, on a new home we could use a chemical and/or physical product prior to the slab being poured (regarded as part A), then chemical and/or physical products around the perimeter at different stages of construction (regarded as part B).
Throughout the process, we as licensed contractors ensure your termite management system is installed correctly. Building supervisors must also ensure that treatment zones are not compromised by any other aspect during the building process like electrical and plumbing installation.
All termite management installations must be deemed to satisfy Australian Standard 3660.1-2000 before they can be certified and occupants can move in.
At building completion, we provide the builder with certified documentation detailing the management system installed including a sticker for the meter box. The builder provides these to the owner together with information about ongoing maintenance responsibilities and warranties.
DON’T BREACH THE TREATMENT ZONES
Owners and occupants need to be aware they shouldn’t disturb or ‘breach’ termite treatment zones with things like garden beds, air-conditioning units or water tanks. These can bridge a path for termites, giving them access to your home via an unprotected route. Such breaches can void warranties and insurance entitlements. It pays to be informed and aware of all stipulations regarding the validity and maintenance of your termite management system installation.
Pre-construction termite management systems are intended to minimise the risk of termite damage to a building, especially via a concealed route. BUT, owners and occupants need to be aware treatment zones will not necessarily STOP termite activity from occurring on the site.
Owners must ensure they arrange for appropriately licensed and qualified operators to carry out regular inspections on their termite treatment zones at least every 12 months.
ANNUAL INSPECTIONS ARE A MUST
Each termite management system has advantages and disadvantages in terms of cost and environmental impact. No system is perfect. Termites can and do bridge their way around termite treatment zones, so it is extremely important your home is regularly inspected by a licensed, professional pest controller for any evidence of termite activity.
Some systems require regular professional inspections to maintain validity of their warranties so make sure you are informed of any stipulations. Regardless of the system of protection installed, regular professional inspections are the responsibility of the property-owner.
We are often contracted to do ongoing annual inspections, even if we haven’t done the original installation.
To arrange an inspection of your property for an existing or new termite management system, call our office on 6686 8607 or contact Tony Dunn directly on
0435 282 370 or you can email Tony HERE.