Hi my name is Shane O’Donnell & in this series of Blog Posts I will be highlighting common issues or conditions around homes that attract termites or increase the risk of attracting termites. Many of these conditions can be easily corrected and often for very little cost.
Check the perimeter of your home (& under your sub-floor / decks, if you have them) for any area where there is timber in contact with the ground.
Common areas are:
Timber piers in contact with the ground
- DIY | Dig soil away and expose steel stirrups – there should be at least 75mm between base of timber pier and finished ground level.
- Employ the services of a professional builder to redesign the piers.
DIY | Self treat piers in ground contact with termite chemical| See article we wrote a few years ago. Really good article.
Shadow walls (Timber palings that cover the sub-floor opening)
- DIY | Take time to redesign the original installation to ensure that no timber – Even if it is treated timber – is in ground contact.
- You can employ the services of professional home maintenance service like Phill at Under 1 Roof Home Services
Timber in ground contact
Timber stored against the external wall or in my sub-floor
Timber retaining walls in ground an home contact
If you have any questions give our office a call on 07 5472 0141
My wife and I have been working with the Cooroy Termite & Pest Control team for 10 years now. We have been providing termite solutions for our Noosa & Hinterland Districts communities.
Many of the termite jobs we go to could have been prevented had the home owner had a better understanding of termite behavior and what increases the risk of attracting them to a home. Termite damage to homes across Australia cost home owners hundreds of millions in repair work every year.
Shane O’Donnell – Termite Technician
Cooroy Termite & Pest Control