DIY | Prepare my home for termite season | Timber in contact with the ground & my home.

DIY | Prepare my home for termite season

  • Conditions that attract termites
  • Timber in contact with the ground & my home.

 

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

  1. DIY | Dig soil away and expose steel stirrups – there should be at least 75mm between base of timber pier and finished ground level.
  2. Employ the services of a professional builder to redesign the piers.

Timber pier in ground contact | Termites can enter buildings through the center of the pier

 

Maintain debris away from base of timber pier

 

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)

  1. DIY | Take time to redesign the original installation to ensure that no timber – Even if it is treated timber – is in ground contact.
  2. You can employ the services of professional home maintenance service like Phill at Under 1 Roof Home Services
Shadow wall' providing conditions conducive to concealed termite entry to this home

“Shadow wall’ providing conditions conducive to concealed termite entry to this home

 

Shadow wall

Timber in ground contact

 

Timber stored against the external wall or in my sub-floor

This stored timber could act as a bridge for termites to get access week points in the mortar

This stored timber could act as a bridge for termites to get access week points in the mortar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stored timber against your home will not only attract termites but help them conceal their entry as well

Stored timber against your home will not only attract termites but help them conceal their entry as well

 

Timber retaining walls in ground an home contact

Termites could access the home with no visible evidence from behind the retaining wall.

Termites could access the home with no visible evidence from behind the retaining wall.

 

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

 

 

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