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There is a lot of information about pest control in our media.  Here some snippets that may be of interest.

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Termites


Be alert to termite signs this summer

As we enter the peak season for termite activity, local pest experts are warning homeowners to be alert to signs of termite activity around their homes.

During summer months, a combination of warm temperatures and high humidity provides ideal conditions for termites to breed and establish their nests.

Termites pose a threat to building structures as they rely on timber as their primary food source, establishing colonies inside roofs, walls, under ceilings and other cavities enclosed by timber.

Once inside a house termites can cause significant structural damage within a six month period.

Early detection was the most important factor in combating termites.

“As termites breed rapidly, early detection of an infestation is vital to help us limit damage and ultimately eradicate the insects.

“Exterior timber elements of a home such as as support posts, steps and balcony foundations, are most vulnerable to attack and often provide a passage into the home for termites.

To help identify possible termite activity, we advise homeowners to be on the lookout for the following signs:

  1. Mud tubes leading up to and over the edge of concrete slabs, stumps and foundations. These tubes are the diameter of pencil and a strong indicator of the presence of termites.
  2. Dried mud in the joins of doors, architraves and mouldings. Traces of termite activity can be easily spotted in these areas.
  3. Blistering paint on doors and skirting boards. This can result from termite activity on the inside of the wall.
  4. Damp areas or moisture stains on walls.  Termites often leave a trail of moisture when they are gathered together in large numbers.
  5. Bulging floor boards or walls. Over time, moisture build up in timber can cause floor boards to bulge or bow.
  6. Splintering or weak timber foundations. This may not be visible to the eye and should be tested by pressing timber with a screwdriver.
  7. Walls that sound hollow when tapped. This may indicate that part of the wood has been eaten away by termites.
  8. Power failures and a build up of mud around power points. Termite mud trails may interfere with electrical circuitry.
  9. Piles of translucent wings on window sills and doorjambs. These wings may be left by flying subterranean termites, which travel in swarms during summer to start new colonies.
  10. Timber doors, windows and cupboards that no longer close properly .This can be a sign of a termite infestation.


Recognising these signs of activity can help protect your home against a potential infestation and save you a substantial amount of money.

A professional pest control technician can inspect and advise if termites or other timber pests such as borers are present in a property.


Unit dwellers urged not to ignore termite threat

As unit development continues rapidly across Brisbane, pest experts are warning unit owners and Body Corporate Managers to be alert to the dangers of termites as the insects take flight and form new colonies. 

Amalgamated Pest Control Brisbane Domestic Manager Tony Farrell said there is a common misconception that units are not susceptible to termite infestations, leaving many buildings exposed to potential damage. 

"When our technicians talk with people in the field, they frequently report that people believe termites are found only in old timber homes and not in units, however this is a dangerous assumption,” said Tony. 

He explains that termites can quite easily make their way into unit blocks through any external openings that border garden areas. 

"Unfortunately we are often called out to termite jobs when a severe infestation is already present, which makes treatment of a premises much harder.

“This scenario is becoming more common with high density living on the rise throughout Brisbane,” he said.

Tony said that termites can move easily through entire the structure of a building.

“An infestation in a single unit poses a threat all adjoining units dwellings in a complex. 

“Due to this risk of an infestation spreading, all units in a complex should be inspected in the same period.

“This is a very specialised area of pest management and requires a large number team of pest managers and a substantial amount of equipment to undertake effectively,” he said.

Tony advised those concerned about termites not to wait for signs of damage or activity before acting.

“While your unit may be free of damage, you cannot be sure about other units in your complex.

“People concerned about termites should contact their Body Corporate to arrange an inspection of their entire block.

“Early detection is the most important factor in combating termites,” he said.


Spiders


Pool owners warned of potential poolside pests this summer

Amalgamated Pest Control is reminding people to take care around swimming pools this summer, to avoid unwanted encounters with any nasty poolside pests. 

With temperatures rising, home swimming pools can become the summer hangout for many uninvited guests including mosquitoes, wasps and spiders.

It should not be assumed that a spider on a pool bottom has drowned.

“During the summer months many spiders tend to be more common in moist, cool areas and often fall into swimming pools.

“People are inclined to think that a bug at the bottom of the pool must have drowned, when in fact that is not always the case.

“The funnel-web spider has the ability to trap a small bubble of air in hairs around the abdomen which aids breathing and floating – making it possible for them to survive up to 30 hours under water.

“Pools also offer an attractive environment for redbacks, which commonly form webs on the water side of pool edging,

Bees and wasps are other common poolside pests that can interrupt swimming time.

“Bees and wasps are attracted to water which they collect to take back to their nests to control temperatures.

“Things like fruity drinks and sweet poolside treats can attract certain species of wasps, increasing the danger of a poolside encountered sting,

In addition to bees and wasps, Australia is host to over 400 species of mosquitoes*, which breed virtually anywhere that water pools exist.

Poorly serviced swimming pools and surrounding left-over puddles, can provide the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

“Mosquitoes are a serious pest threat, both for their biting nuisance and their ability to spread diseases such as Dengue Fever.

“Carefully monitoring chlorination levels in swimming pools this summer will help keep mozzies at bay.

“Awareness and preparation will help make poolside time much more enjoyable this summer, but there are effective barrier treatments available which can be applied to surrounding pool areas and vegetation for a more long term solution.



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