Termites are nasty little blighters with the ability to destroy entire homes beyond the point of repair. Read on to discover the extent of destruction that they are capable of, and why it is so important to have regular pest inspections.
Do you live in a rental? Perhaps an old Queenslander with plenty of charm but no means of keeping those buzzing insects out? Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to eat without flies swarming around your bangers and mash!
Everyone gets the odd cockroach or two in their home, so you might think “should I really bother with cockroach control?”. We say yes because in summer these creepy crawly housemates can multiply rapidly.
Kids these days tend to be glued to their electronic devices. Given the chance, most children could easily spend a solid two-week school holiday chasing Pokemon, battling for a diamond-ranking in League of Legends, or making Musical.ly videos.
Here in Australia, we have many different species of ants, so we’re used to seeing them in our homes and gardens. But while the odd ant (or three) in your sugar bowl is a nuisance, large amounts of ants trailing in and out of your home is a more serious problem if left untreated, here’s why.
For most of us, mosquito bites and midges are simply just an unavoidable part of the Australian lifestyle. So, apart from not scratching yourself to the point of bleeding — which, let’s face it is pretty darn hard not to do — what is the most effective way to cure a bug bite?
When it comes to the Saturniidae Caterpillar, Mother Nature really went to town. With spectacular bristles, stubby hot pink legs, and awesome rocker hair, the Saturniidae is definitely one of the coolest party animals we’ve ever seen!
In this article, we take a look at what makes this incredible rainbow bug so unique and how they evolve from a single egg to a fully-grown adult moth.
We all know kids love to play in the dirt, but as a parent, you can harness this into something more educational, namely gardening. Gardening teaches kids about the cycle of life and makes them environmentally aware. After all, the future of our planet is in the hands of the next generation.
Although it’s hard to resist feeding our four-legged friends whatever they want, there is a point at which you need to say no. In fact, there are a number of foods which dogs should not consume at all. Some seemingly innocent foods can cause anything from vomiting to irregular heartbeats and even death.
The safety of your family pet is incredibly important. But getting rid of pests is also necessary for a healthy home. So how do you balance the two and is pest control harmful to your pets? We take a look at the impact of pest control on your pets:
Australia is known across the world as a country where the wildlife is out to get you. While this may be true of some animals in Australia, it certainly doesn’t ring true for all of them. We’ve collected a list of some fascinating insects and animals that are native to Australia. You’ll be surprised to know they’re not all as deadly as they seem!
There are certain skills that we as humans take for granted. One of those skills is navigation. Even with this ability we have extra tools which aid us in our adventures- we have cars, maps and GPS. But have you ever stopped to think how insects find their way?
A warm, moist environment, like we have in Queensland, makes perfect growing conditions for mould. A type of fungi, mould, can be fast growing with patches appearing after a day of rain in bathrooms, cupboards, ceilings, household items and clothes. Keeping on top mould is a good idea because as well as triggering asthma and allergies, it’s not particularly healthy to have it in your home.
Our family cats are intriguing characters and their daily habits are usually a topic of interest for all. One of the main habits of our furry friends is stretching. But why do they need to constantly stretch?
There is a perception that pest occurrence slows down in the cooler months. However, this is not the case, many pests simply stick around all year round whilst others come and go during the seasons. So what are the pests you need to look out for during winter and how do you prepare for them?
If you’re a keen gardener or have small children that like to run around in the backyard, then chances are you, or one of them will get a bee sting at some point. As well as being immediately painful, the area can remain sore and tender for days if not treated immediately. Luckily there are lots of natural remedies you can apply to a sting to relieve the pain, and many of them are common household ingredients.
Our dogs are part of the family so why leave them out of a fun holiday? Now, with plenty of pet-friendly hotels to choose from across Australia, you don’t have to. Knowing that your accommodation caters for dogs means you don’t have to worry about the expense of a kennel or the hassle of organising a pet-sitter. You’ll also know they won’t be at home pining for you.
Whether it’s their sting or their bite, despite their small size, these following creatures can be even more deadly than a large predator with very sharp teeth! The scariest thing about them is that because they’re so small, they can catch you unawares and then it’s too late.
Luckily for humans highly venomous spiders such as the Redback Spider (Australian) and Black Widow Spider (US) have antivenoms but unsuspecting insects may not be so fortunate. A recent study by Duke University in North Carolina has discovered these toxic spiders are able to fool some animals simply because their red- and-black telltale markings can’t be detected.
Anyone who’s tried to eat lunch in an urban park will be well aware of how bold city birds are when it comes to sneaking a bite, but now new research has confirmed it – living in the city can make you smarter and stronger, if you’re a bird anyway. The research undertaken by McGill University found that city birds have a bigger advantage over their country cousins regarding cognition, behaviour and physiology.
Termites are common all over Australia, but in some parts they are more prevalent than others. We take a look at the most common types of environments for termites and where they are mostly found in Australia.
Autumn is here and with it the increased chance of pests entering your home to escape the cooler weather. Such pests you may encounter include mice, rats, ants, cockroaches, fleas, possums and birds. We take a look at some of the areas of your home that pests target and how you can prevent these uninvited guests.
Snake season is well under way in Brisbane and a warmer than average winter meant snakes were on the move as early as spring. Since the chances of coming across a snake are much higher in summer, keep reading to find out how to keep snake safe!
Traditional predators such as grizzly bears, lions and sharks certainly inspire fear in us. But the number of people killed each year by these wild animals pales in comparison to the deadliest killer of all, the humble mosquito, responsible for around 725,000 deaths annually. Here are some more of the world’s deadliest animals, a few of which may surprise you.
More than just honey makers, bees are vital for pollinating agricultural crops. Without them, we wouldn’t have fresh fruit and veggies. End of story. Bees pollinate around 70 percent of the world’s crops, which is why the declining population of honey bees around the world in the last ten years is a major problem.
It’s important that you keep your gutters clean so they can do the job they’re meant to do, namely, guide rainwater off your roof and down the drain. A lot of the time gutters are forgotten about, however, neglecting them can cause structural damage and a lot of costly repair bills.
Australia’s beautiful summer is upon us, however sometimes the heat can become a little unbearable for the best of us. Even worse, when we’re busy keeping ourselves cool we can sometimes forget that our beloved pets feel the heat as well.
It’s a well-known fact that droppings of feral pigeons not only cause damage to commercial and residential properties, as well as machinery and cars, they also pose a serious health risk to anyone who comes into contact with it.
When it comes to Christmas, there are certain people in your life that are a bit more tricky to buy for than others. Teachers, neighbours and pets always fall into this list. So what is the perfect gift for them? Check out our list of presents for those people who are tricky to buy for.
Birds and their droppings can carry more than 50 diseases. The most important are: Aspergillosis – is an air borne disease caused by a fungus which breeds in bird faeces. Breathing the fungal spores may affect people that are under stress from other conditions.
Getting rid of pests is our business and something we take pride in being able to do well with the best methods available on the market. But there are always people who think they know better. Here we take a look at some of the most common myths about pests and attempt to set the record straight.
Now the weather’s warmer it’s the perfect time to get stuck into doing all those little tasks you’ve put off over the winter. Routine home maintenance is also a good way to prevent problems in the future and save yourself some money. We’ve put together a checklist of the things you can do around the house this weekend to save you trouble down the road.
Ultrasonic sound devices have saturated our stores, claiming that by one simple flick of a switch your home will be protected from nasty pests like rodents, cockroaches and mosquitos. A fantastic invention, but do they actually work?
Mosquitoes are clever little suckers that, much like vampires, don’t like bright sunlight and only come out at dusk to feast on human blood. They are a bane of the sunset BBQ and, if you don’t take precautions, you can find yourself a mosquito magnet and getting bitten all over.
Nothing ruins a summer BBQ faster than an army of ants crawling all over your steak and mozzies feasting on your flesh. Here are some tips for keeping BBQ pests under control so you can enjoy dining outside in summer with friends and family.
Now that the warmer days of spring are here you may notice that there are more ticks jumping around in your garden or in the bush if you’re out walking. In general, most ticks don’t cause problems for humans, but if bitten by a Paralysis Tick then there is a chance of mild to severe allergic reactions, and perhaps paralysis in young children, but bites are rarely fatal with the advent of modern antitoxins. Pets can also suffer, especially dogs and cats, if they are bitten by the Paralysis Tick.
If today’s movies, music and toys are anything to go by then it’s a given that most kids love animals. Having a pet when you’re a child not only teaches responsibility it encourages youngsters to feel empathy and compassion, something that we’re sorely lacking in today’s technology driven world. Here are some more pros for pet ownership.
Storm season in Queensland is here, and it’s important to be prepared so you can protect your home for when extreme weather hits. Lasting from October through to February / March, storm season is the period when our sub-tropical climate throws some nasty thunderstorms and cyclones our way.
The kitchen is the hub of the home, so it deserves a little TLC now winter’s over. Not only will a spring clean leave your kitchen feeling fresher and looking amazing, but it will also be a more hygienic and healthy place for your family to hang out in and cook meals.
Co-existing with spiders is part and parcel of living in Australia. With around 10,000 species of spiders calling this country home, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter one at some point. Most of the spiders in Australia are harmless but there are a few that should be given a wide berth, we take a look at some of the more dangerous ones.
Don’t ignore small bald patches at the edges or corners of your carpets, it could be that you have an infestation of carpet moths. This is a problem that won’t go away and will only get worse so it’s best to get it sorted straight away.
Thumps and bumps in the attic at night or the pitter patter of tiny feet overhead could mean you have uninvited guests in your roof. Attics and ceiling cavities are common places for mice, rats and possums to make their temporary homes, especially in the colder months. But if left unchecked you could be looking at providing accommodation for the whole family, and their mates! Potential issues with rodents and wildlife in your roof can run to damaged items, gnawed electrical cables causing fire, plus the spread of disease and fleas.
Compost is ‘black gold’ to gardeners and is the best way to add nutrients to your soil and encourage strong and healthy plant growth. If you’re thinking of starting your own garden composting but don’t know what you can do with it, here are some ideas.
As well as sharpening and conditioning claws, scratching helps cats to stretch and tone muscles, relieve stress and mark their territory. Unfortunately, this means they will make a beeline for your furniture as it makes an ideal scratching post. While you can’t stop cats scratching altogether, there are a few ways you can modify their behaviour and help protect your table legs at the same time.
Did you know that a single flea could mean your home is infested with hundreds more?
A flea problem can quickly get out of control. Just 10 female fleas can multiply to 250,000 in a month if left unchecked. And they can get into all parts of your house, including your rugs, carpet, furniture, bedding and even infest your backyard.
Winter is the time when mice are most likely to infest your home. In winter, food and shelter become high priorities for mice and your house is a warm, tempting shelter from the elements with an on-tap food source. You may not even know you have uninvited house guests either until you spot the evidence:
Some dog owners like to feed their dogs fruits and vegetables to up the nutrition level of their diet. While dogs are omnivores and don’t mind eating fruit and veggies there are some that are off limits for dogs, even though you might think they’re healthy.
You probably don’t want to spend your time thinking about cockroaches and want to spend even less time thinking about cane toads. But with one of these pests officially classed as a feral threat to our native wildlife and the other as vermin, it’s helpful to know exactly what you’re dealing with if you have a close encounter with either.
Need a building inspection? Before you jump online and book the first one you see, it pays to know the difference between a building inspection and a proper building & pest inspection. You could save yourself a lot of time and money by knowing exactly what’s involved in each before you purchase a house.
Using pest repellent plants in your garden is known as companion planting, and it’s an eco-friendly way to control pests and keep bugs at bay. It can also make your garden healthier and encourage biodiversity.
All it takes is a little know-how about what are the best plants to grow for the type of pests you want to deter. Getting the right balance is essential too, so you attract the beneficial pollinating insects.
If you’re looking to update your backyard space to get some enjoyment out of the beautiful Australian weather, you probably think you’re going to need to spend a fortune to buy great outdoor furniture. If you go with standard, new store-bought outdoor furniture – you’re probably right. An alternative to spending a fortune is to get the power tools out of the back shed and get into the pallet furniture trend. If you can find a local store that discards them, the materials are mostly free and with a little bit of TLC, you can create an enviable outdoor space to entertain the neighbourhood.
Recently we were called out to a property at Eight Mile Plains that we treated back in 2000. The previous owners never carried out any further inspections and the new owners that moved in wanted us to install a termite barrier and treat some active termites inside a window frame.
The ideal accompaniment to that perfect home you just bought or renovated is a thoughtful garden. Your parents and grandparents probably had an enviable array of flowers, greenery and even an organic herb and vegetable patch. But what if you want the beautiful, big garden that your folks always had but have no idea where to start?
For all of those pet lovers out there who understand the battle of flea control on your family pooch, I’ll bet you have tried just about every product on the market to find a balance of natural and sensitive products that will also get rid of fleas. But have you ever looked at the packaging of these products? The list of ingredients can be as gruesome as high-grade pesticides.
In Australia there are 350 termite species, of which 30 are regarded as pests.
Your house is your biggest asset and repairing termite damage can be very expensive. Our related article The Cost of Termite Damage will put these figures into a very discomforting perspective. Early detection of a termite infestation is very important in order to protect your home.
Our beloved pets are part of our family, so why not ensure that their meals are as nutritious as ours? Processed pet food contains many preservatives and fillers. It also quite simply does not contain the same amount of vitamins and minerals as fresh food, and very often is not the correct constitution for our pets’ digestive track.
After a long, tiring week at work, the last thing you feel like doing is household chores that consume every hour of your precious weekend relaxation time. And yet, disregarding the chores will leave your house feeling cluttered and dirty. Luckily, we have some handy tips for smashing out the most dreary cleaning chores so that there is more time to spend doing the fun things that you love.
Both rats and mice are considered serious pests due to their eating and contaminating food, damaging property, and spreading diseases. So how do you distinguish between them and know whether it is a mouse or a rat? It is difficult to identify them by colour as both rats and mice can vary from white and grey to brown or black.
A notifiable disease is any contagious disease that is required by law to be reported to the national health department. In Australia, The National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) was established in 1990. All diseases classified on this database must be notified to the Australian Department of Health.
This fluffy little rodent looks adorable right? Maybe, but it’s not so cute when it’s devouring the contents of your pantry. There are several common pests that can effortlessly infiltrate your pantry; not only do they spoil and contaminate food products, but they also place your family at risk of contracting various illnesses.
Pests are a natural part of our ecosystem. However, that does not mean that they have to be allowed to hitch a ride into our homes via school bags. Here is a list of the 5 most common back-to-school pests and tips on preventing them in your home.
Borers are organisms that tunnel into wood and cause damage. The word “borers” applies to all wood-boring insects, including moths, beetles, sawflies, horntails and flies. Most of the damage is done when they are in the larval stage.
Plant pests can have a detrimental effect on both residential and commercial horticulture. Crop infestations can significantly impact our agricultural market. Here are just a few of the most common Australian plant pests that have a noteworthy or major impact on a broad range of plants.
Every year between September and November, the Bogong moth (Agrotis infusa) migrates to the Bogong High Plains. The Bogong High Plains form part of the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range. They are located in the Alpine National Park in the Australian state of Victoria and are situated south of Mount Bogong.
Every year 180,000 Australian homes are attacked by termites. This equals an alarming $1.3billion of repair costs each year. CSIRO reported that 32% of homes in Australia had a termite presence. This means that your home has a 1 in 3 chance of being the victim of termite damage. There is also an 80% chance that your home is within 25 metres of a termite colony. These statistics are very unsettling for home owners who have invested a lot of money into buying their dream home.
Rest assured, we are always just a phone call away whenever you might need help with an infestation of household pests. But what happens when you encounter a smaller quantity of unwelcome garden pests? While they’re not posing a detrimental hazard to your inside living area, they are still causing havoc in the garden – and quite frankly, you’d just prefer to not have them around. So what do you do?
Now is the ideal time to give your home a dramatic clean. Clear out all the unused clutter, donate old clothes to charity and make sure that your home is free from stored dust, old spider webs and unwanted pests.