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Alternative termite control methods now fall into four broad categories - physical barriers, chemical barriers, resistant materials and design for early detection.
A combination of these methods may be used according to the particular circumstances of the home.
This list is by no means comprehensive and the alternatives may not all be appropriate for your home. Each option is subject to individual assessment and approval by the building surveyor from your local council.
Some of the above methods are designed to minimise the risk of termite infestation, while others are intended to make early detection easier.
Preventative measures offered by the builder extend only to protecting structural components and will not necessarily protect furniture or non-structural elements, such as skirting boards, door frames and cupboards. This reinforces the need for regular inspections.
The selected option or combination of control methods should be determined before a building contract is signed and before the builder applies for a building licence.