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TERMITE BAIT STATIONS DO THEY WORK?

Termite monitoring and baiting systems come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Do they work? Yes Termite baiting systems do work with the following provisos. 1.The termite stations need to be checked by a qualified technician [knows what he is looking for]. 2.The termite bait stations need to be checked every 6 to 10 weeks. 3.Once termites are found in the stations, termite bait needs to be added. 4.Termite baited stations need to be checked every 2-3 weeks until the colony is eradicated. No termite preventative systems are perfect, but termite monitoring and baiting systems are excellent in the following conditions 1.People with chemical sensitivity. 2.House on stumps with no access underneath. 3.A building that has been extended [join in the concrete]. 4.Split level house. You can find further information on the termites page when clicking on the logos it will take you to the appropriate website or contact us directly.

SPIDERS ARE ON THE MARCH!

IMG_0029_edited-1Now is the time to treat spiders. A spider treatment done early in the season will help keep the little pests at bay for most of the summer. Once a treatment is done it is best only to brush down the spider cobwebs.  The average cost to treat the outside of a house and the roof void [ insect dust ] plus small sheds is between $120-150. Included is also treating the fence capping. We service  Bunbury, Australind, Eaton, Capel, Boyanup, Donnybrook, Harvey, Collie  and everywhere in-between.

Is a double brick house safe from Termites?

During my experience over the last 16 years treating termites, I have noticed that people in general are of  the opinion that a brick and tile house is safe from termite attack. But is that the case? The simple answer is no! Most double brick homes have timber roof trusses, vanity units, kitchen cupboards, door frames not to mention skirting. As termites are attracted to wet areas bathroom vanity units and kitchen cupboards are at risk. Also termites can travel up the wall cavities undetected to attack the roof timbers. But I hear you say the house was treated when it was built! That may be true but as soon as you disturb the soil next to the house [installing paving bricks, garden beds etc.] any termite treatment has been compromised. Already in newly established suburbs around Bunbury people are finding that termites are gaining entry into their garages [generally the garage is not treated when the house is built]. If the house has been poorly constructed this can also cause problems [see pictures…hole in concrete floor allowed termites access  to destroy the skirting]

WP_20140220_002What should you do? A minimum is to have an annual termite inspection. For greater security and peace of mind a termite management program should be put in place.

That could be a liquid chemical treatment to the perimeter of the house or a termite monitoring and baiting systems.WP_20140220_003

Spiders, treat them now!

Spiders are on the march – now is the time to start thinking about having your house treated for spiders. Treating the roof void with a permethrin dust and the perimeter of the house with a safe insecticide will greatly reduce the infestations of spiders in your house. Tip: Once the house has been treated it is a good idea to go around the inside of the house with a vacuum cleaner to remove any live spiders from the inside [these ones will not have been affected by the treatment]. Also about 2-3 weeks after the treatment you can remove the cobwebs from the outside of the house.

Termite Nests

Have you ever wondered why your Pest Controller says he can’t find a termite nest? Especially when many of us have seen the brown termite nests next to a farmers’ fence. The answer is simple…not all termites have the same type of nest.                                                                                                                                                                                

      As can be seen from the photos a termite nest can be hidden in the root crown of a tree. There was no visible signs that a termite nest was being established in this tree. During recent storms the tree split and the nest became visible. When the property had it’s annual inspection, approximately 4 weeks after the tree was split, the termite nest was still active, the nest was subsequently treated successfully.