Real estate agents are encouraged to take a leading role in providing EHB information to buyers in RMZs, where EHB has been found.
EHB infests untreated pinewood, and many homes built since 2000 in WA have been built with untreated pinewood structural timbers.
Accordingly, buyers of homes within RMZs areas should be referred to pest inspectors who have been trained in the identification of EHB infestation. Buyers may also benefit from advice on treatment options for new construction or existing timber structures.
Real estate agents are encouraged to increase their awareness of all EHB issues, including descriptions and signs of infestation.
Agents should be particularly focused on high risk suburbs, such as newer suburbs adjacent to pine plantations and large scale infestations.