Shoalhaven Homeowner Pest Protection Tips
Around the garden
Remove all untreated timber from around the property such as untreated fences, timber garden sleepers, decks, stairs and timber structures. Untreated timbers where possible should be replaced with termite resistant materials.
Timber post of pergolas, carports etc should be erected on steel stirrups to break timber contact with ground areas.
Termites are attracted to moisture therefore, it is important to rectify any plumbing leaks. Majority of hot water systems, water tanks and air conditioning units release water alongside or near external walls. Overflow pipes should be diverted into suitable drains or at least place a container underneath overflow.
Connect downpipes and gutters to storm water drains to prevent water and moisture build up to ground areas.
Around your home
If you own a home constructed on a complete slab ensure concrete slab edges to the perimeter of your home or outbuildings remain visible for inspection purposes. Raised external soil areas, gardens or stored goods against external walls covering the slab edge inspection zone can lead to undetected termite entry.
If you own a home constructed on bearers and joists it is important to remove any scrap timber or timber formwork from the subfloor area. The subfloor area must be well ventilated to allow the cross flow of air. There are ways to improve subfloor ventilation such as using common mesh vents and replacing subfloor access doors with steel frame and mesh doors. Subfloor fans can also be installed to assist with ventilation.