It’s no secret that termites are rife on the Mid North Coast. Our tropical climate provides the perfect breeding ground for the wood munching, subterranean termites (otherwise known as white ants) that happily make their nest in the ground and dine out on anything from house frames, to carpets to your electrical wiring. There are several protection methods you can employ to protect your biggest investment from termite damage. The most effective is to install a Physical Barrier. The purpose of physical barriers is to separate your home from the ground where termites nest. For termites to enter your home they would have to come out of the ground and crawl over the physical barrier which means they would be exposed and likely to be seen. With this solution, it’s important that your house is inspected for termites regularly – every 12 months is ideal. We use a system called The WhiteAntCo Protectant. This industrial bonding is affixed to the slab and joints and is not affected by water or moisture. It has 50+ years of durability and is safe to use as well as being environmentally friendly. Most importantly, it has a proven effectiveness against the most destructive termites in Australia. Other methods that will assist in protecting your home are: Chemical Barriers – New Builds Chemical treatments such as Chlorpyrifos and Bifenthrin are most frequently used with concrete SLAB-ONGROUND construction. The chemical is applied to the ground, under the entire slab and around the perimeter of the building. These chemicals however, will only last between 5-10 years depending on soil type and general conditions. So it is necessary to allow for re-treatments. The most effective way to re-treat is to install a reticulation system which sits underneath the slab. Termite Resistant Materials Using termite resistant materials such as some Australian timbers will not stop termite activity completely and therefore can’t be used as a complete termite solution. A full list of termite resistant timbers can be found listed in Australian Standard AS 3660.1. Landscaping Considerations You can make it harder for termites to enter your home via your garden by not using things like wood chips against your home or planting trees whose roots will interfere with termite barriers. We also don’t recommend planting gardens right next to your house. If you do, make sure they don’t conceal weep holes or vents or the exposed edge to a concrete slab. Have you ever found termites alive and well in your house?