Assess The Risk Of A Termite Attack On Your House

HOW SUSCEPTIBLE IS YOUR PROPERTY TO TERMITE ATTACK?

HOW SUSCEPTIBLE IS YOUR PROPERTY TO TERMITE ATTACK?
Answer these 12 questions, tally up your score and check your risk factor below.
1.STORM WATER
Any wastewater not directed well away from the building could attract termites by providing a continuous moisture supply under or next to the building. Termites will follow plumbing pipes into buildings & enter through the concrete floor slab via service penetrations.
Q. Are all sources of wastewater (downpipes etc) directed away from the building?
YES0 points
NO7 points
Not Sure5 points
2.SUBFLOOR VENTILATION
If your structures have suspended floors, subfloor dampness may attract termites. Inadequate ventilation causes moisture build-up, fungus growth, odour & rot. These can all lead to increased termite activity.
Q. Does your building have adequate ventilation in all foundation walls?
YES0 points
NO7 points
Not Sure5 points
3.AIR CONDITIONERS
Condensation from operating units allows water to drip continuously onto the ground. This can sometimes be the only source of moisture for termites during hot, dry weather. It is a proven way to attract termites to a building.
Q. Is water runoff from your air conditioner piped and directed well away from the building?
YES0 points
NO5 points
Not Sure3 points
4.SLAB EDGE EXPOSURE
Termites commonly build mud tunnels that bridge the concrete slab edge/footing. Built up footpaths, paving, rendering, soil, lawns etc. covering the slab edge, can easily enable termites to gain concealed entry.
Q. Is the edge of your concrete slab visible around the entire perimeter of the building?
YES0 points
NO10 points
Not Sure8 points
5.OBSTRUCTIONS
Anything located hard up against the building &/or slab edge can provide concealed termite entry. Examples include a hot water service, air-conditioning ground unit, stacked timber, dog kennels, downpipes etc.
Q. Are there any objects obstructing viewing &/or access to areas around the outside of the building?
YES5 points
NO0 points
Not Sure3 points
6.GARDEN BEDS
Both plants and termites need water. Gardens & watering systems next to buildings provide a continuous moisture source, while beds, plants and vines against a building allow concealed termite entry.
Q. Are there garden beds, plants or tree roots closer than 1 metre to the building?
YES5 points
NO0 points
Not Sure3 points
7.BUILDING LINE ON THE BOUNDARY
Town houses, units etc. can inhibit inspection access, while neighbouring activity may bridge your slab edge & will obstruct visual inspection. Pest professionals would require the neighbours’ written approval to apply Termiticide or monitoring devices.
Q. Are one or more sides of your building located on the property boundary?
YES8 points
NO0 points
Not Sure7 points
8.TIMBER / SOIL CONTACT
Timber walls, fences, pergola posts, decking, house stumps, etc. in contact with the ground provides food for termites & cannot have an effective chemical barrier installed around or beneath it.
Q. Do you have fence/pergola/decking posts, sleepers etc. directly on or in the ground?
YES10points
NO0 points
Not Sure8 points
9.EXTERIOR EVIDENCE
Termite evidence in the yard means the building may also be at risk. Check for damaged timber by using a screwdriver to probe. Check fences, sheds, pergolas, garden stakes, cubby house etc.
Q. Have you discovered any evidence of timber damage in your yard?
YES12 points
NO0 points
Not Sure12 points
10.INTERIOR EVIDENCE
Termite evidence in a building is a serious concern. Look for mud tunnels along timbers. Gently tap timber doorframes, skirtings, floorboards etc. with a screwdriver handle, listening for a dull or hollow sound. Check dark corners of inbuilt cupboards/robes & inspect roofing timbers.
Q. Have you discovered evidence of termite activity anywhere inside the building?
YES25 points
NO0 points
Not Sure25 points
11.TERMITE BARRIER SYSTEM INSTALLED
In most cases, it became compulsory to install a termite barrier complying with AS3660 to Homes built after 1995, Many homes built before 1995 also had termite barrier installed
Q. Does you meter box or cupboard contain a label confirming that a termite treatment zone has been installed/applied?
YES0 points
NO15 points
Not Sure10 points
12.Q. Have you had a professional termite inspection or a termite Treatment carried out for any reason in the last 12 months?
YES0 points
NO15 points

ASSESS YOUR RISK – ADD THE TOTAL SCORE FROM ALL QUESTIONS. TOTAL SCORE    ____________________

Termite Risk: (0 -19) Low; (20-34) Moderate; (35-65) High; (65+) Extreme Risk

In accordance with Australian Standard 3660, we strongly recommend that all buildings should have a professional termite inspection at least every 12 months. If you have assessed your risk as ‘High‘ or ‘Extreme Risk‘,

WE SUGGEST YOU CALL A1 TROJAN PEST CONTROL ON 0425 608 438 TO ORGANISE AN AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS INSPECTION.
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