Is your home protected from Termites?

 

Is your home protected from Termites

 

Is your home protected from Termites
Is your home protected from Termites

 

Is your home protected from Termites?

 

 

We all know that our homes are our biggest investment and finding out that our humble abode has termites would shake anybody to the core.

 

Unfortunately your insurance company will not pay you out if you have termite damage to your home or even worse if your home falls downs due to termite damage.

 

What do Termites Look like?

 

People often confuse Termites and Ants as being the same but they are nowhere remotely similar. Did you know that Termites are actually related to cockroaches yep that’s right they are related.

 

Subterranean Termites:

 

• Queen Termite: pale yellow-brown to black, queen will live up to 25 years and is solely confined to one place as she reproduces for the colony.
• Alates: darkish brown to black in colour with two long wings that are equal in length, roughly half an inch.
• Workers: creamish whitish colour with no wings and less than half an inch.
• Soldiers: creamish whitish colour with a brownish colour head, no wings, large jaws, they are the colony defender.

 

Drywood Termites:

 

• Queen Termite: brownish to creamish colour, queen will live up to 45 years and is solely confined to one place as she reproduces for the colony.
• Alates: darkish brown to black in colour with two long wings that are equal in length, roughly half an inch.
• Workers: creamish whitish colour with no wings and less than half an inch.
• Soldiers: creamish whitish colour with a brownish colour head, no wings, large jaws, they are the colony defender.

 

Dampwood Termites:

 

• A Pair of Winged Termites will find a nice damp chamber and will reproduce a few eggs the first year and is known for their small colonies. In some cases Dampwood Termites can build larger colonies if the conditions are right.
• There is no king or queen in Dampwood Termites.
• There are no Dampwood Termite workers only soldiers and alates.
• Nymph Termites do all the work that would have been done by worker.
• Brownish creamish in colour with a large head with pincers protruding from it.

 

What are the signs of Termites?

 

For many home owners unfortunately we all are unaware that our homes has Termites until they we have a Termite Inspection or before we start to see damage on our home. How can we be more proactive in saving our home from the devastating damage which Termites leave behind?

 

Signs of Termites

 

Most homeowners with termites don’t even realise they have termites until they start seeing the damage.
What can you do is little inspections around your property and look for any irregular signs and if something doesn’t look the same whether is warped out of shape or there is mud like substances. Here are a few signs that will help with your mini inspections:

 

• Mud looking material on wooden surfaces. When termites eat a hole through an exterior wall what they will do is patch it up with their faeces and dirt. This is called mud-leads and will have the appearance of mud like substance.
• Look out for any winged termites or discarded long wings. When Termites swarm this means that they are looking for a new home for the king and queen to mate. This usually happens in warmer months after it has rained as the humidity in the air makes it ideal for Termites to mate.
• When doing your inspection look out for mud leads around the exterior of your home and in sub-floors. Any timbers which have warped, breaks when lightly poked and any saw dust like substances.
• If you have found Termites or their workings please do not spray or disturb them as by doing this will only cause the termites to move to a new location making it harder to find.
• Check moist, dark places in your home by looking for powder that looks like sawdust, Holes in wood’s surface, Paint bubbles, Holes in wood’s surface, Hollow-sounding wood and visible Termites.

 

What do I do if I found Termites?

 

• Do not attempt to get rid of them by spraying, burning or any other method of treatment which is not done by a qualified pest controller as by disturbing the Termites will only make it hard for the technician to find the Termite nest where the Queen is.
• Call a professional pest controller, make sure he is fully licensed and that he is qualified to eradicate Termites as there is a lot of people out there that is not licensed or qualified.
• Get a few quotes from different pest controllers. Remember going on the cheap side could end up costing you thousands and even your home if the treatment is not done correctly.
• Make sure the pest controller provides you with paperwork that he has done the treatment and if a full barrier has been put in to place than a durable notice in the meter box.

 

Is your home protected from Termites

 

Here are some pictures below that shows you different termites and the their habitat.

 

 

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Mosquitoes in Sydney at its worse this summer

 

Mosquitoes in Sydney

 

Mosquitoes in Sydney
Mosquitoes Sydney

 

Mosquitoes in Sydney

 

You’ve heard of the expression slip slop slap which is usually referred to the good old Aussie sun but with the buzzing, biting and scratching which seems to be the norm with Sydneysiders experiencing the worse mosquito outbreak this summer it looks as though we need to take to the expression of that famous Aussie lingo and apply it so we reduce the risk of being bitten alive by those pesky Mosquitoes.

 

With Sydney having a very warm spring and summer starting off with a lot of rain makes it ideal for mosquitoes to breed.

 

Even though Mosquitoes often bite at dawn to night they are known to also sink their Proboscis (mouthpiece almost like an elongated snout) in to our skin for feeding.

 

We often don’t feel the actual bite itself but rather the itching and localised swelling afterwards.

 

Unfortunately Mosquitoes can carry a range of human viruses and diseases such as Dengue fever, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Murray Valley Encephalitis, Ross River Virus, Kunjin Virus, Barmah Forest Virus and many more.

 

With over 30 species of Mosquitoes here in Sydney it is vital for us to try an eliminate water sources which is around our home.

 

If you have areas where there is stagnant water such as pets drinking bowels, pot plant saucers, non-draining gutters, tarps, bird baths etc you will need to tip the water out on a daily basis and refill as when the mosquitoes lay their eggs in these areas and it will take roughly about 10 days for the larvae to hatch and turn into adult Mosquitoes.

 

Mosquitoes are around 3-6mm long and have 3 basic body parts which consist of the following:

 

1. Head – The head is where the Mosquitoes sensory system is located. The Mosquito eyes are compounded, antennae’s and the Mosquitoes proboscis which is their elongated snout which is used for biting into flesh.
2. Thorax – The thorax is the segment where the mosquito’s heart, legs and wings are attached to.
3. Abdomen – This segment is where the excretory organs and digestive system lie.

 

Here is 10 ways you can prevent Mosquitoes in Sydney from entering your premises.

 

1. Make sure that all windows have fly screens.
2. Any doors have fly screens and kept closed.
3. Burning citronella has its benefits as the strong smell mask any attractions the Mosquito has in finding you.
4. Plant marigolds, horsemint, ageratum, lavender, basil, lemon thyme and catnip as they have a potent smell which repels Mosquitoes.
5. Buy repellent sprays or roll ons from any good camping or supermarket stores.
6. In an oil burner put oil of lemon eucalyptus as this will ward of Mosquitoes.
7. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark and bright colours, try wearing colours which are softer or dull colours.
8. Put a Mosquito net over your bed when you sleep at night draw the net around you.
9. Eliminate any water source in and around your home as this will attract the Mosquitoes.
10. Garlic oil diluted with water, spray on your grass after you have had rain, spray around any fountains you have on your property and you can even spray yourself if you don’t mind the smell.

 

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