DIY Termite Baiting

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Getting rid of those pesky termites is our job but we are always happy to pass on our knowledge and experience to help out people when termites strike. One of the best DIY ways you can deal with termites is by termite baiting. It has a lot of advantages and is considered one of the most fool proof methods for delivering colony control and pest eradication.

Here are a few tips to tackle termites alone. If these don’t work for you or at all seems too much we are always here to help and provide a guaranteed pest removal service.

 

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1 Select the Right Bait

In our years of experience we have discovered that there are termite bait brands that are more reliable than others. When you’re dealing with something as important as the foundations of your home, price should be no deterrent.  Go for the top of the line baiting systems to ensure your termite problem is resolved quickly.  Speak to your local supplier and shop around for a quality product.

A huge part of your success weighs on the bait you choose to buy.

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2 Mixing Bait

Mixing your bait is of great important and is often the reason why DIY termite extermination attempts fail.  Bait must not be too moist or too dry or the termites or “white ants” wont go for it.  Make sure the water of liquid you are using to mix the bait is clean and free from contaminates.  Termites have a keen sense of smell and will avoid bait if it doesn’t seem quite right.

Make sure you follow the instructions to a T when choosing your liquid and mixing your bait to avoid wasting time and money.

3 Bait Placement

Once you have perfected the termite bait mix and are ready to set it around your home.   Firstly check which bait system you have.  Is it above ground? Is it below ground?  Or are you opting for a barrier treatment.  This step is crucial but often missed.  Don’t stress and start putting baits everywhere.  Sometimes less is more.

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In Ground Bait

If you know the route your termites travel along or any high activity areas try to place that baits here.  If you have access to timber that has already been eaten place your baits there.  Termites usually return to areas they have started to destroy.

If you have elected to use bait stations, make sure you don’t use a sealant that will repel the termites.

4 Place with Care

As experienced termite exterminators and inspectors we know to be careful around termites.  Try not to disturb their paths, routes or any insects themselves.  Termites will run if disturbed which may send them deeper under your home, into the walls and furniture and away from the bait.

5 Get Help

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At any point during baiting if you feel unsure, nervous or want to call in the experts make sure you contact us.  We have years of experience in termite baiting, termite inspections and general knowledge of the pests are are able to resolve any issue quickly and efficiently.

Damage to the foundations of your home isn’t something that you can ignore.  As soon as you suspect you have termites call in a professional!

 

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How to deal with Australia’s Most Dangerous Pest.

Australian’s deal with hundreds of dangerous pests every day. In our homes we have red backs spiders and Sydney funnel web spiders, in our yards there are red belly black snakes and brown snakes, in our oceans we have box jelly fish and sharks. We have dealt to live with most of these pests and embrace them as part of our culture. One pest you should never embrace though is Asbestos. Recently there are more and more cases coming to light with homes filled with asbestos or Mr Fluffy. Discovering there is asbestos in your home or office can be daunting and often people fly into a panic. Here’s some information on how to deal with Australia’s most dangerous pest.

 

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Don’t Panic!

When dealing with asbestos it is important to know it is a deadly material put don’t fly into a panic. Chances are it has been there for years and if it hasn’t been touched it might be OK for now. Asbestos only becomes a problem when it is disturbed and the fibres become air born, make sure you never touch asbestos or try to remove it yourself.

Call a Professional!

Without proper testing you can’t be sure that the material you have found is safe or asbestos. Don’t risk the many health issues that are related to asbestos when a qualified asbestos removalist can safely remove and destroy asbestos.  There are professional asbestos removal companies in every state that will be able to safely remove asbestos and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner.

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Where is Asbestos Usually Found?

Asbestos is found in so many homes because it is such a great insulator and electricity conductor. As it was used for insulation in housing it was pumped into the walls, roofing and eaves but also mixed into cement.

Asbestos has been found in:

  • roof sheeting and capping
  • guttering
  • eaves
  • wall sheeting
  • vinyl sheet flooring
  • carpet and tile underlays
  • flexible building boards
  • imitation brick cladding
  • fencing
  • carports and sheds
  • waterproof membrane
  • telecommunications pits
  • window putty
  • expansion joints
  • packing under beams
  • concrete formwork

This seems like a lot of places and it is but don’t fly into a panic just yet. If you have concerns simply call in an expert and they will be able to identify the substance if it is there.

 

How do People Discover Asbestos?

Most people discover they have asbestos during renovation work or during an inspection. If you are undergoing a renovation project and find an unknown substance in your walls chances are it is asbestos. Never touch or try to remove the substance alone as it is very dangerous once air born.

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I think I have Asbestos, HELP!

If you find matter on your property that you suspect is asbestos call a certified asbestos removalist as soon as possible. A lot of rubbish removal and pest control companies won’t go near asbestos but there are a lot that do. Due to the dangerous nature of asbestos it is best to leave your home immediately taking all pets with you. Call a company that is certified to remove asbestos and have them show you all their certificates before removal.

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Why is Asbestos Dangerous?

When inhaled Asbestos can cause a range of health problems. Most fibres are exhaled however some fibres stay launched in the lungs and this is when a problem occurs.

Asbestos health risks:

  • Asbestosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Benign pleural diseases

Affects from asbestos can take up to 50years to show themselves and at this point there is no treatment. Don’t wait to feel sick before you check for asbestos. If you have even the smallest concern, call a professional now.

 

Organic Pest Control: The Man Made Materials

As talked about in the previous post, there is a whole world of organic solutions to pest control, of course we are talking about specific garden variety pests, nonetheless there are a lot options. Yes, pesticides, powders and sprays are among the organic solutions, and usually people become nicely attached to these non-toxic mixtures.  Sometimes we can’t eradicate every pest and egg with the use of sprays or powders, instead we need to resort to some more stealthy options, more calculated and creative.

Lets look at some ways that organic pest control can be used through materials, you’ll be very interested in how they work. It may also leave you wondering who on this earth came up with such designs, but you will be thankful they did.

Floating Row Covers

-Well this one is very common and many people already know how this works.  You most likely see them draped around large crop areas, as farmers readily use this material.

– If you haven’t clicked on what exactly a floating row cover is, then it’s simply a mesh type material, that you can buy in large, very large lengths. It has holes for breathing, it’s white usually, and it allows light to get to the plants. Additionally it allows for you to water without hassle.

-It can come in different weights, to ensure it is suited to the climate and area.

-You can also get plastic row covers, which are obviously hardier, but need to be watched more carefully, as they can collect heat.

-Sometimes people can find themselves tangled in row covers if they attempt to place them down on a breezy day, it’s more a a two person job. If its only a small surface area then you can manage it yourself, but it still is somewhat tricky. In order to keep row covers in place you need a weight to hold it down on all sides, this is so it doesn’t blow away, or allow small insects through.

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Pheromone Traps

– Phermone traps are quite impressive creations, using sex attraction against the bug species. Pheromone is a scent that bugs let off in order to attract the opposite sex for mating, but scientists have been able to replicate this smell, and use it against the poor bugs.

-Mostly adult males are attracted to the scent, which in some instances doesn’t do much if you are having a wide scale insect problem. Instead these sort of traps are best used in enclosed or small spaces, as it won’t help much for large scale eradication.

-Successfully used in cases of the gypsy moth

-It is very sensitive to all pests, so you may get some extra unwanted pests caught up in the traps.

-There are specific lures for each pest kind, not all are available, scientists keep working on collecting the pheromones.

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 Sticky Traps

-As the name suggests, these traps are based on using stickiness to catch the nasty pests. Who would have thought pest control could be so easy? There’s heaps of sticky products that can used to create a sticky trap, and with this you can very creative.

-You can also buy sticky traps pre- packaged, for those who don’t find pest control that exciting.

-It also plays on the attraction certain bugs have to colour, each species being attracted to different colour pigments. Blue sticky traps can attract thrips or leaf miners. Or bright yellow colours can attract aphids, moths, leaf hoppers.

-In order to get them effectively working you will need them hanging very close to plants, if not on the plants themselves.

-They won’t look pretty once they start working, like bug zappers, they get stuck all over the surface, and it’s quite visually disgusting. If they work, then it’s likely you won’t care too much about that.

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Those are some of the man made traps and solutions to the organic world of pest control, of course, you may still be wary.

 

Do you need a pre-purchase building inspection?

So you’ve found your dream home or work place and are all ready to move in.   The excitement of investing in a new property is often unrivaled which is why it is easy to forget to check for pests. This eagerness and excitement is why it is so  mortifying to discover an underlying pest problem after you’ve moved in.  Luckily for Australians pest control companies reside in every town ready to deal with pests that affect that area.  If you live or work in Tweed Heads Coastline Pest Control are the team for you!

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Often the tell tale signs that there are pests such as mice, termites, silverfish or spiders in a building can not be seen to the naked, untrained eye.   Often by the time you know there is a pest problem it can be too late.  Termites in the foundations or mice in the walls can easily be hidden during a property walk through and even during the moving in process.  But after a few weeks, once you’ve settled in, you will start to see signs.  It might be droppings on the counter or cobwebs on the ceiling.  Slowly but surely the pest problem will reveal itself and then you will be in real strife!

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The always present chance of pests is why it is crucial to have a professional perform a building inspection before you move in, to avoid any heartbreak and mounting costs, moving home or office is pricey enough.  Commercial and home properties are both at risk of pest infestations  and living in Australia we have a lot of pests!

Real estate agents and previous building owners wont tell you if there is a pest problem, but a pest service will.

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Pre-purchase pest inspections will save you from any nasty surprises and ballooning costs.  You need to insure that you have a trained and qualified pest control service that can tell you of any infestations before you buy.  If you are lucky and there are no pests you will still receive sound advice of how to prevent infestations in the future and what the warning signs are for your property.  So there is no losing when you hire pest control experts.  Don’t let termites or wasps ruin your buying experience, before you buy a property ask yourself, do i need a pre-purchase building inspection?  The answer is always yes.

Dream home, or pest home?

Dream home, or pest home?