Alates? Termite control sydney

Alates? Termite control Sydney
Alates? Termite control sydney

 

What are Alates?

 

The word Alate refers to pest that is of a form of a social insect.

 

These can refer to Termite, Ants, Thrips and Aphids.

 

Females are often referred to queens or Gynes and the males are often referred to kings or drones.

 

In the past few days Termite Alates have taken flight across Sydney.  This happens when there has been abundance of rain and then high humidity and heat. Alates are poor flyers with their wings being very fragile and often breaking away from their body. A female Alate will attempt to attract a male Alate when they have settled from their flight in order to make their own colony and will reproduce.

 

So what does that mean for homeowners across Sydney?

 

Sydneysiders are now at risk of termites potentially setting up house in their place of home or business.

 

No one wants to think that their home or business could be damaged by termites and let alone these days with the economy rising who can afford all the repairs that come with termites and the damage that they can cause.

 

So what can you do to prepare for termites?

 

By Australian standards it is recommended that each premises has a prevention barrier and regular termite inspections. For homes in really bushy areas the CSIRO recommends that you have 6 monthly termite inspections and for areas that are not so busy every 12 months.

 

Below is something you can do to reduce the risk of termites attacking your premises.

 

  • Remove all debris from your subfloor and external areas
  • Remove bark and wood chippings
  • Remove any logs and sleepers
  • Replace of wooden fences that have wood rot in them
  • Hot water tank overflow pipe will need to be drained further away from your premises
  • Ventilation system will need to be put in place for those who have subfloors with high humidity as dark, damp and moist environments are a dream come true for termites
  • Do mini inspections on your premises, go around check to see if anything looks abnormal like timbers warping, paint bubbling or blistering, saw dust like material, changes in the colour of paint, cracks that may appear, water leaks and mud particles or mud leads.

 

Unfortunately Sydney homeowners are often unaware of termites chewing through their premises until it is either too late as their house has significant damage or their premises collapsed to the ground.

 

I know that I am always saying in my blogs, across social media or even to our clients on the phone how vital it is to have regular termite inspections done and a prevention barrier put into place as your homeowners insurance company will not pay you out if termites attack your premises if this has not been done.

 

I often say that homeowners and investors get the raw end of the banana as not only do they have to worry about mortgage repayments, day to day living and if you have kids their activities but you also have to worry about protecting your biggest investment you will ever have against termites.

 

Further Reading on Termites:

Termites Protect your home from termites

Termite what you can do around your home?

Alates? Termite control sydney

Buyer beware Pest Control Sydney

Buyer beware Pest Control Sydney

 

Buyer beware Pest Control Sydney
Buyer beware Pest Control Sydney

 

As the weather has started warming up, bugs have started invading homes across Sydney causing quite a stir.

 

What does that mean for those who have pest’s issues?

 

Unfortunately, the pest control industry isn’t regulated and there are a lot of flyby pesties who come out of the woodwork for the busy season.

 

Now I know that everyone is on a budget but looking for that cheap quote where these flyby pesties promise you the world by treating all pests and providing up to 12 months warranty for $99 to $150.

 

Unfortunately flyby pesties either don’t read the manufacturer’s label or they are promising what they know to be false advertising as the chemical manufacture only has a six month warranty on their label.

 

While group buying websites are all the rage today you have to be careful of the fine print in the terms and conditions.

 

Let’s have a look at Gumtree as that is a directory of just about anyone who has access to their website. This is where a lot of flyby pesties advertise their work and can get away with ripping off the average joe blow. Now don’t get me wrong there are also good pest controllers on Gumtree.

 

In reality this actually can come at cost in so many ways.

 

Do you want your family sick?

 

Looking for another pest controller and outlaying more money as the previous pest controller didn’t fix your issue.

 

What happens when the pest come back, and you call that pest controller to come back as you have 12 months warranty, do you get the run around? Their phone is no longer connected? They say oh that is not covered under warranty?

 

What are you paying for?

 

For us here at Redline Pest Control we offer a premium service to each and every client.

 

What do you need to look out for when choosing the right pest controller?

 

Do your research on that company, google them, look for reviews good and bad, check their website out, does it have information that is suited to your needs?

 

By reading reviews you are getting a feel for that company and what they offer.

 

General Pest Control should be on or around the $220 mark and should come with a six month guarantee with spiders having a 1 month guarantee as you need to spray spiders directly as they go from web to web and have oil glands at the end of their legs that don’t soak up the chemical if they do happen to walk over the barrier.

 

A general pest treatment will vary depending on the size of your property.

 

Units: around 40 minutes give or take

 

Single storey home: around 1 hour give or take

 

Double storey home: around 1.5 hours give or take

 

General pest control should cover the following pests:

 

  • Large cockroaches
  • Webbing spiders
  • Silverfish
  • Creamy colour crickets
  • Wasps

 

What is involved in a general pest treatment:

 

Firstly, the technician will chat to you about your concerns with pests and then the pest technician will do a mini inspection to ascertain the level of infestation of each pests.

 

Internally: Skirting boards spray Spraying under all furniture dusting of the roof void, and spraying any cracks and crevices.

Externally: Perimeter spray around your property, around door frames and window frames, Gutters and fascia boards, fence-line, Garden beds, scrubs, bushes, any ornaments on your property, close-line, bins, letterbox, dusting of the sub-floor and in cracks and crevices.

 

Further Reading:

The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.

What should you look for when hiring a pest control company?

Buyer beware Pest Control Sydney