The team at Top Choice Pest Control wish all their customers and suppliers a very Merry Christmas and Safe and Happy New Year
We recommend carrying out an annual pest control service at your home to maintain an acceptable level of control of the unwanted cockroaches, silverfish and spiders. During our service we carry out a full crack and crevice dusting treatment, a liquid skirting treatment, an application of insect growth regulating gel where appropriate, apply dust to the roof void areas and a spray to external areas. Our treatments are thorough and we offer a warranty with our service; if the pests come back between our scheduled visits so do we! All the products we use for your Pest Management Program are to Australian Standards and Specifications and have been rigorously tested and approved by the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority. The products we use have a low toxicity making them family and pet safe. We take care and pride in our quality and workmanship.
We have recommended and installed the Exterra Baiting & Monitoring system to many homes on the Sunshine Coast. The Termite Management System works by installing monitoring stations around the building at 3 meter intervals, this creates a complete termite interception zone. We place timbers and focus inside each station which attracts foraging termites if they are nearby. The stations are monitored on a regular cycle and if we find termites in the stations we then replace the timbers with Requiem bait. The termites find this Requiem bait extremely palatable. Termites take the Requiem bait back to the nest and feed it throughout the colony. The bait contains a chitin inhibitor – when termites moult they require chitin to harden their exoskeleton; without the exoskeleton the termites die. Once we find no more termites feeding in the station we can declare colony elimination!!! We remove the bait from the stations and replace it with the timbers and continue the monitoring of the stations.
In summary this management system is known as an ‘Interception System’ because if termites are in the vicinity of your home they will be attracted into the stations to feed on the timbers rather than your home.
This system is also very effective if we find active termites inside your home. We are able to place a station and bait the termites inside the home, continually feeding the termites the Requiem bait until we have total colony control ie. no more termites feeding on your home. Below is a recent photo of a baiting station that is very active with the termites aggressively feeding on the Requiem Bait
As the weather is cooling we find the rodent activity is increasing as the mice and rats are making their way into our homes and offices in search of warmth. People are hearing scratching and scuttling sounds in their ceilings and some are even seeing evidence of droppings. Rodents can cause extensive damage if they eat through wires not to mention from a hygiene perspective they can contaminate food and other materials through their droppings. Rodents reproduce rapidly so it is very important to get rid of them as soon as you hear or see them. We have had customers who thought the odd mouse or baby rat looked cute until they realised how quickly they multiply. If you are worried you have rats or mice give us a call and our friendly team can best advise on how to treat.
We regularly talk about protecting you home from termite attack on our blog; click on the link below to watch the latest from Seven News
Seven News Brisbane’s Facebook page comments that ‘Queenslanders are dealing with an influx of termites in the wake of Cyclone Debbie and flooding in the South East’
Termites are known as silent destroyers as they attack the timbers in your home without you even knowing. Termites are subterranean you cannot see them as they live and travel underground. Termites can enter your home in various ways through; unprotected plumbing and electrical penetrations, ground level built up over weepholes and termite protected areas, cracks in slabs, unprotected home extensions/slabs to name a few. They will work in the wall voids eating away at the timbers leaving the exterior looking in tact however very soft and brittle to the touch, which is one of the ways people notice them when the timber gives way. In some cases extensive damage has happened by then! If you suspect or notice termite activity or termite damage it is best not to disturb them and call a termite manager to investigate as if you break a termite lead the termites go straight back to ground and pop up elsewhere at a later stage, whereas if they are in the lead and active you have a higher success rate in treating and getting rid of the termites. The termites can either be treated chemically or by baiting. Either treatment is very effective and the termite manager will recommend the treatment he feels best suited for the situation.
Below is a picture of an inactive nest we pulled apart out of a roof void after successfully baiting termites we found.
Termites are a huge threat to homes in Australia and an even higher risk in Queensland with our climate. Statistics show that 1 in 5 buildings will be attacked by termites. The Australian Standards recommend a minimum of one termite inspection a year be carried out and at more frequent intervals if deemed necessary by the termite manager. There are many tips we can offer to help prevent termite attack; and this is done by reducing the conducive conditions in and around your home;
- ensure any aircon or hot water overflows are plumbed into drains; we often find the overflows draining to the base of the building which creates a possible moisture source for termites
- ensure that you do not have vegetation built up against the building edges
- remove any stored items from against the building edge
- remove any debris and timber from sub-floor areas
- ensure any leaking taps are repaired
- ensure any broken or damaged down pipes are repaired
- ensure that weepholes are all clear and ground level is cleared away to approximately 50-75mm below weepholes
The above are a few housekeeping tips which could help you in not attracting termites to your home.
If you do think you have found termites it is best NOT TO DISTURB them as if you break a lead the termites go back to ground which makes if harder and sometimes impossible to treat.
Contact us if you would like to discuss protecting your home against termites, all our advice is obligation free.
The team at Top Choice Pest Control would like to wish all their Customers and Suppliers a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!
We look forward to working with you all in 2017!
I posted a blog back in March discussing the fact that the since the 1960’s the State Government has paid for the treatment of timber infested by the West Indian drywood termites and Bio Security Queensland was in the process of reviewing whether it is the Governments responsibility to continue to manage the pest.
The State Government has decided to continue with the existing program of finding and exterminating the West Indian drywood termite. The West Indian drywood termite is considered to be the most destructive drywood termite and has caused considerable damage in Maryborough; it has also been found and caused damage in Bundaberg, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Townsville.
Below is a link to a recent article published in the Bundaberg News Mail;
I think home owners will be very happy knowing that the State Government will continue to organise and pay for all surveillance and treatment for the notorious West Indian drywood termite ~ the tiny pest that is a threat to Queensland!
We service the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane treating for cockroaches, silverfish, webbing spiders, ants, bees, wasps, rodents ~ rats & mice, fleas, bedbugs, bird lice, sand flies, termites and we are also licensed to trap and relocate possums. We treat residential homes as well as service commercial customers. All our treatments are carried out to suit the pests we are targeting. Care is always taken when we apply products and the products we use are to Australian Standards and have been tested and approved by the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority. As the weather is warming and you are tackling your housekeeping obligations let us know if you would like us to carry out a pest control service. Please remember to ensure your termite inspections are up to date. If we have recently carried out a termite inspection for you please check your report for any recommendations we made to reduce the conducive conditions in and around your home against termite attack.
Our friendly staff are always happy to assist with any questions you may have. Our quotes and advice are obligation free. Our business has grown by word of mouth as we pride ourselves on offering good service and knowing our customers have peace of mind with the knowledge that we will look after their pest management needs.