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DAMAGE (April 11, 2007)
|BSA General Manager Ian
Jennings said that termites thrive in Queensland’s warm
climate and virtually every area is susceptible to termite
is always better than costly treatment and home owners should
follow simple steps to minimise the risk of termite infestation
in their home," said Mr Jennings.
The steps are:
•Have your home inspected by a contractor holding
a BSA Termite Management Chemical licence.
•Make sure your home is protected by preventative
measures including physical barriers, chemical barriers,
baiting systems or the use of termite-resistant building
materials. These must be installed by a contractor holding
a BSA Termite Management Chemical licence. Evidence of what
type of system is currently protecting your home can be
found on a sticker located in the meter box.
•Ensure timber pergolas, verandas and steps are not
in contact with the ground.
•Be aware that nests in mature eucalypts, tree stumps
and hardwood sleeper walls are potential sources of building
•Do not leave untreated timber lying around your yard
or against the walls of your house.
•Do not build garden beds beside the walls of your house,
and be extra careful not to have weep holes (small holes between
the bricks near the ground) below soil level.
•If the floor is on stumps or brick piers, inspect the
"ant" caps regularly for breaches, and make sure
no flooring timbers are in contact with the ground.
•Don't buy a new home without a termite report from
a BSA-licensed termite inspector.
•After the initial inspection, remember to have a professional
pest inspection at least once a year. Don’t rely on
an old report – the fact the house was termite-free
last year doesn’t mean it still is.
•Don't rely on luck to protect your home. Even if your
home is built on a concrete slab it still has a 'high' risk
of termite attack.
•Don't assume your home was correctly pre-sprayed for
termites when it was built. It probably wasn't.
Where a building is found to be infested, the infestation
can only be chemically treated by a BSA licensed pest controller.
The pest controller will attempt to locate and treat the source
nest if possible, or install a chemical soil barrier or baiting
vigilant and learn how to check for early signs of termite activity,
which include veins or galleys running up the side of your home
and evidence of disturbance around cracks or gaps in the dwelling.
Always ensure you thoroughly check damp areas around your dwelling.
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SWITCHES & SMOKE ALARMS – IT’S NOW LAW (April
own an investment property in Queensland? "You need to
know about the following changes in Queensland Law affecting
Landlords and Tenants", said Guy Clarke from Morpheus
Legislation has been passed that all rental properties as
from 1 March 2006 must have a Safety Switch installed to the
As from 1st July 2007 all rental homes must have at least
one 9 volt battery Smoke Alarm installed on each level of
the home either on or near the ceiling.
After installation of the smoke alarms the obligations for
maintenance by the Landlord and Tenant commences:
The Landlord must clean and test all smoke alarms within 30
days of the commencement of a tenancy, including the renewal
of an existing lease (the start of a new tenancy).
have an obligation to replace any battery that is flat or
nearly flat during their tenancy as well as report any fault
or non working smoke alarm to the landlord or landlord’s
should always be aware of these and other compliance obligations
of Landlord’s and Tenant’s", said Guy.
The information here is general information only. If you require
specific advice on your particular circumstances we can refer
you to one of our Legal Partners. •
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