SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!
SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

 

Whether you have just bought your dream home, have an investment property or you’ve been in your home for a lifetime it is important to always have termite’s inspection done on your property. Inspections by Australian Standards is every twelve months or if you are in a bushy area than inspections are every six months.

 

In between inspections there are little inspection routines you can do to reduce the risk of termites making your home their new home.

 

What are steps that you can do in or around your home to reduce the risk factor of termites eating through your biggest investment.

 

  • Do mini inspections and check for any changes in and around your home.
  • Go around your premises and remove any timber landscaping post and sleepers.
  • Remove timbers and other debris that are in your subfloor.
  • Seal any cracks and crevices in and around your home.
  • Fix any leaking pipes in and around your home.
  • Remove any wood chippings in your landscaping area.
  • If you have a section for firewood or untreated timber I highly recommend that the firewood and untreated timber be removed from your premises.
  • Divert any water sources away from your home.
  • Reduce humidity in your subfloor by installing a crossflow ventilation fan.
  • Pruning of bushes and heavy foliage around your home.
  • Get a ladder and check your gutters and remove any debris that maybe in your gutters.
  • Remove any dead tree stumps or old diseased trees from your premises.
  • Make sure that any water overflow pipes and air-conditioning pipes are directed away from your home.
  • Remove any moisture in and around your home, there are special machines such as a dehumidifier that works great.
  • Replace or repair damage shingles, fascia, and soffits.

 

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

Please note that if you have found termites do not disturb them as by disturbing the termites will cause the termites to move underground and pop up in a new location in your home making it harder for the termite technician to ascertain how bad the termite infestation is in your home and possibly won’t be able to get a termite colony.

 

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!
SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

What are some of the signs that you can look out for when It comes to termites in and around your home?

 

  • Mud leads protruding through fibro, gyprock, and other timbres in and around your home.
  • Blistering of paint or plaster from your walls or ceiling.
  • Mud tunnels coming from subfloors up the through cracks and crevices.
  • Floors and ceilings are sagging.
  • Timbers appear to be hollow.
  • Fine dust where there is wood panelling.
  • Power failure.
  • Termite mounds that appear to look like ant mounds.
  • Decaying trees that have been eaten by termites.

 

What does Redline Pest Control do when carrying out a termite inspection on your home?

 

When a Redline Pest Control comes to your home he will spend some time with you asking you questions before he carries out the inspection. Communication is very vital for us as we love to build a report with our clients.

 

A termite inspection is a visual inspection for evidence of wood-destroying insects such as termites or could even be borers.

 

 

Redline Pest Control technician will visually inspect your entire your home including entering any sub-floors, basements and roof voids and external perimeter of your property. 

 

 

How long does a termite inspection take?  

 

The average time it would take to perform a termite inspection is approximately one to two hours depending on the size of your premises.

 

Can termites still active in colder climates?  

 

Yes, termites are still active in cold weather, it does not kill them but it does slow them down.

 

Could there be hidden termite damage to my property? 

 

 

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!
SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

Yes, one of the main characteristics of termites is their ability to avoid bright lights and open air. This means they will stay underground or within wood products as open air and light will kill them.

 

Unfortunately, it is impossible for a Redline Pest Control technician to visually identify or locate any active termites just by looking around your property.

 

Your Redline Pest Control technician will go around your premises with a donger and will tap all timbers, door jams, skirting boards, and architraves to listen out for any hollowness or if it breaks away due to termites. Each time a Redline Pest Control technician taps these surfaces he will hear noises and will be able to ascertain just by sound if there is something behind where he taps.

 

Redline Pest Control will use other devices to ensure that we get the most out of your termite inspection.

 

Moisture meters will determine if there are high levels of moisture behind wall cavities. Unfortunately, when you have termites they will bring moisture to any wood which is behind your walls or windowsills.

 

Termatrac T3i is a machine your technician will use in your home when conducting a termite inspection.

 

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!
SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

Your Redline Pest Control technician pairs the Termatrac T3i with his phone and will place the Termatrac T3i to the surface of walls to ascertain whether there is activity behind the wall. If there is activity behind the wall the Termatrac T3i will indicate this by the increase of heat and humidity in that area. Once the Termatrac T3i has picked up the heat and moisture he will than press a button on his device which will switch over to radar mode which will then show a graph with the level of activity of any termite’s present.

 

Once your termite inspection has been completed your technician will advise you of any termites found or what you could do to reduce the risk of termites in and around your home. Your technician will come back to the office and prepare your report with any quotes to either eradicate termites or by installing a termite prevention barrier to your premises.

 

Further Reading:

What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home

Eradicate Pests And Termites With Pest And Termite Control Service Parramatta

Is your home protected from Termites?

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

 

commercial pest control sydney cockroach

Commercial pest control Sydney cockroach

 

commercial pest control sydney cockroach
commercial pest control sydney cockroach

 

Did you know that cockroaches are one of the most common pests found in commercial premises whether it be the common cockroach or the pesky German cockroaches.

 

Unfortunately for us cockroaches have been around since the dinosaur era and will continue to be one of pest controllers worst nightmares.

 

Whether you own a hotel, restaurant, factory, warehouse, or café you will at least come into contact one time with these bacteria, germ infested critters.

 

Redline Pest Control understands how important it is the get a hold of the breeding cycle of all species of cockroaches, we first inspect, identify, and then treat your commercial premises.

 

Redline Pest Control will take any precautions as we know that health and safety is the number one goal when obtaining effective pest control.

 

Fortunately for our clients there is no odour when we carry out pest treatments internally and a very low odour for completing pest control externally.

 

Here at Redline Pest Control we alternate between products so cockroaches don’t build up an immunity and will we be able to effectively reduce the population and breeding cycle of the cockroach.

 

What are some signs that could lead to an infestation of cockroaches?

 

  • Live active cockroaches running around especially in the day time as they are nocturnal.
  • Droppings/smearing marks around electrical appliances, walls, cupboards and behind furniture in your premises.
  • Egg casings whether they have eggs or not.
  • A distinctive smell in the affected areas.
  • Cockroach carcass when they molt.
  • Damage to electrical appliances as they chew through wiring.

 

What could happen if you don’t get the cockroach issue at hand?

 

If you are in the food sector you really must read this part as this is vital to know especially if you are new to the food industry.

 

Cockroaches carry a bacteria that can be harmful to not only yourself but to your potential clients. Cockroach droppings contain the Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and streptococcus virus.

 

  • Loss of business when a customer sees cockroaches in your premises?
  • If council comes in you could get a fine and be placed on the NSW food registry.
  • May need to change electrical appliances as the cockroaches have chewed through them.

 

What are some things you can do before we get to your commercial premises?

 

  • Go around and seal all cracks and crevices as pests can enter even the smallest of gaps.
  • Prevent harbourage spaces. Remove any clutter, boxes, and any other items where pest can hide.
  • Inspect all stock that comes into your commercial premises for any pests as often German cockroaches and other pests are bought in from an outside source.
  • Empty all bins to the outside council bin once full and at the end of the night.
  • At the end of the night make sure that you do a full clean of all cooking equipment, utensils, benches, tables, chairs, bar area and any other area that is in your commercial premises.
  • For bar flies, midges, drain flies and any other flying insect that lives around the drains put draino or bleach down the drains to kill off any eggs which have been laid in there.
  • Put all food stock away in appropriate places such as a pantry and fridges/freezers.
  • Check all incoming boxes for cockroaches and their eggs

 

What we do when we get to your commercial premises?

 

  1. Inspection – Your technician from Redline Pest Control will go around your premises and inspect all areas even those areas which have no issues with pests.
  2. Identification – Redline Pest Control technician will identify any pest which they have found in or around your premises.
  3. Threshold of pest – Your Redline Pest Control technician will determine the threshold level of pests which are residing in or around your premises.
  4. Control measures – To control and manage all levels of infestations of pests which are in or around your premises.
  5. Evaluation – Your Redline Pest Control Technicians will evaluate the effectiveness of each service which is carried out and will eliminate any pests in or around your premises.

 

 

Further Reading:

Pest Control for all commercial food industries 

Pest Control Sydney Commercial

Commercial Pest Control Sydney and what you can do to prevent pests from entering your place of business.

commercial pest control Sydney cockroach

pest control sydney – What are bed bugs?

Pest Control Sydney – What are Bed bugs?

 

pest control sydney - What are bed bugs?
pest control sydney – What are bed bugs?

 

Growing up my mother always use to kiss me goodnight and say to me “goodnight don’t let the bedbugs bit” now back then I truly thought bed bugs were these mythical bugs that climb into bed if we were being naughty.

These days I now know that bed bugs are not mythical but a true bug that feeds on the human blood.

Bed bugs known by scientific name Cimex Lectularius need a human host to feed on otherwise they won’t survive.

Bedbugs are a brownish red colour and are roughly four to six mm long, adults will have wing pads but does not have the ability to fly, the wing pads help them jump from place to place. Bedbugs mouthparts are designed to pierce the skin and feed on their host, they have long antennae, with six legs and clawed feet for them to easily climb over objects.

 

The life cycle for a bedbug!

 

For every female bed bug, you have she can lay up to 12 eggs a day, that is up to 500 eggs per her lifetime.

Eggs are the shape and size of a tiny grain of white rice but being translucent makes it hard to see the eggs.

The female bed bug will burrow her eggs in the cracks and crevices she can find so they will survive.

Once the eggs have been deposited in the cracks and crevices they will hatch roughly 10 days later, once this happen they will be now known as Nymphs.

With nymph bed bugs, they will have five stages they go through which are called instars.

The first instar is translucent then will turn in to a creamy colour then as they progress they will turn into a more darkish colour.

The nymph bed bug  cycle can take up to eight weeks and will develop their wing pads around the last month or so.

Adult bed bugs can live to around six months in the perfect environment and here is something even scarier bed bugs can live to around two months without feeding on a host.

Unfortunately, bed bugs do not discriminate and will go to the cleanest of homes as their only source of food is a blood meal from a host.

 

But how do we get bed bugs?

 

Usually when you travel or pick up second hand furniture or clothes they can hitchhike a ride and set up residency in your home.

They start off in the room that you place the items you have bought home then over time with the bed bugs jumping from place to place other rooms can then also be affected.

 

Here are some signs of infestation!

 

• excrement – blood or faecal spotting on mattresses and linen.
• live or dead bed bugs and cast skins in surrounding areas and on mattresses and linen.
• bed bug eggs on mattresses and linen. Also in cracks and crevices.
• distinctive odour in the rooms affected.

 

What are some hints for me to do before a pest controller comes out?

 

• Grab a flashlight and go around and check along the mattress seams, cracks, and crevices in and around the bed, skirting boards, behind dressers, paintings, windowsills, and any other furniture you may have in that room.
• You will need to vacuum all areas of the affected room including the mattress. Once finished empty the vacuum bag into a plastic bag and dispose of it in your outside bin ( this is vital). You need to vacuum several times over the next few days or so.
• Do a good clean on your room and remove any clutter that bed bugs may hide in.
• Clean out your wardrobe, dresser and bedside tables as bed bugs love to hide in furniture too. With the clothes that you have removed from this furniture wash those in hot water with eucalyptus oil than put these clothes in a tumble dryer to dry. If you don’t have a tumble dryer you can put them on the clothesline. Once dry put in large plastic bags and put in a sunny spot or you can even freeze these items for 20 minutes to an hour.
• Grab bedding and curtains and wash them with eucalyptus oil.
• If you have a steam cleaner please steam all cracks and crevices around the affected room as this will help moisten the eggs from being stuck to the fibres.
• If you can put your mattress outside in the sun for 2 – 4 hours. (it must be a 30 degree plus day for this to be effective)
• Wipe down all surfaces in the affected room with eucalyptus oil diluted with water, we have also found that lavender and tea tree oil also works a treat.

 

Further Reading:

Bed Bugs and what you can do!

Bed bugs and how to avoid bed bugs hitchhiking their way back to your home.

Bed Bugs and how to get rid of them!

pest control sydney – What are bed bugs?

Pest Control for all commercial food industries 

Pest Control for all commercial food industries

 

Pest Control for all commercial food industries 
Pest Control for all commercial food industries

 

Did you know that pests in commercial food industries not only will lose clients but also breach health and safety regulations here in NSW.

 

Eradicating pests is a high priority for commercial food industries. Unfortunately, we are hearing and seeing more and more clients who have had pest control by another pest company who have not provided an effective treatment and when the client calls the pest company will only provide a service if they pay yet again (even ineffective treatments)

 

Biggest Pest Problem

 

German cockroaches are the most common pest problem when it comes to the food sector.

 

Normal common cockroaches will breed every six weeks and will usually have between five to 12 baby cockroaches wherefore the German cockroach will breed every six weeks and will have between 40 to 50 baby cockroaches, so you can imagine for every female German cockroach you have an infestation very quickly.

 

Unfortunately, commercial food industries are a favourite place for German cockroaches as they provide an adequate source of food. With the high moisture and warm electrical appliance this makes German cockroaches thrive.

 

Pest Control for commercial food industries

 

There are three things that must be done to ensure commercial food industries remains German cockroach free.

 

Firstly, ensure that all food is to be kept in airtight containers and put away in the appropriate places.

 

Next, at the end of each day make sure that you have a cleaning check list in place for both yourself and your employees.

 

  • Encourage all employees to Clean their Workstation and surrounding areas
  • Remove any water sources at the end of each day
  • At the end of the day clean any food scraps, work stations, sweep and mop the floors
  • Keep all garbage in a sealed dumpster which should be away from entry points of your premises
  • Clean outdoor eating areas daily and be sure to remove any crumbs and leftovers that will attract pests.

 

Finally, always be on time for your pest service as you don’t want an outbreak of pests in your commercial food industries as this will deter any potential customers and the power of social media these days could ruin your business.

 

Further Reading For Pest Control Commercial:

Commercial Pest Control Sydney

Commercial Pest Control Sydney and what you can do to prevent pests from entering your place of business.

Commercial Pest Control & What Redline Pest Control Can Do For You!!!

Good Pest Control For Your Commercial Business!

 

Pest Control for all commercial food industries

HOW TO WIN THE WAR ON ANTS IN YOUR HOME!

How to win the war against ants!

 

HOW TO WIN THE WAR ON ANTS IN YOUR HOME!
HOW TO WIN THE WAR ON ANTS IN YOUR HOME!

 

Did you know that ants are one of the most common pest, and in fact they can be a real nuisance once they decide that your home is now their home.

Unfortunately for us ants can sniff out any good source of food which then leads to an infestation of these tiny little critters.

All you need is one ant in your home before they signal other ants that your home has a good food source.

It has been proven that ants will go along the same scent trail when they forage for food when they leave their nest.

Here is an interesting fact, did you know that ants can carry up to 10 times their body weight.

 

Firstly you need to Identify what type of ants you have?

 

HOW TO WIN THE WAR ON ANTS IN YOUR HOME!

 

The first thing you need to do is to identify which type of ants you have. You may not know this but worldwide there are over 15,000 different species of ants.

 

The most common species of ants here in Sydney are the following:

 

Black ants – loves their food source to be sweet, usually found in your kitchen/dining areas.

Bull ants – feeds on sweet food sources but mainly feeds off animal carcasses.

Carpenter ants – will feast on animal carcasses, plant fibres and sweet substances, usually sets nest in dead or dampwood.

Argentine ants – travels a long way from their nest to source of sweet food sources but have been known to also feast on animal carcasses and insects.

Coastal brown ant – will be found near pathways in and around your garden, prefers dry areas and will feast on greasy foods, fruit, sweet substances and animal carcasses.

 

HOW TO WIN THE WAR ON ANTS IN YOUR HOME!

Ants will nest outside your home in rockeries, sheds, kid’s equipment, under pathways, subfloors or patios but Inside, their nests can be found in wall cavities, basements and roof voids.

 

Keep your home clean!

 

The first line of defence against ants in or around your home is to first make sure that you keep your home clean. Food scraps and crumbs are very attractive to these pesky ants as they are scavengers by nature and the only way to source food is to go foraging for food. Sweep up crumbs, make sure food is securely stored in airtight containers, put your pets bowel away after each meal, clean up sticky messes as the sugar attracts them.

 

Call in the professionals to avoid ants getting out of control!

 

There are many ways that a reputable pest control company can deal with ants. Here at Redline Pest Control we feel that by providing a chemical barrier in and around your premises will leave you with lasting results. We have a proven method that works first by reducing the ants then a colony elimination, you ask how could that be, well first of all the chemical we use is a slow release chemical which allows the ants to take the chemical back to the nest, once the queen digest the chemical and passes over the other ants will no longer know what to do as they queen ant is the one that gives out the signals to the workers and soldiers. If there are no signals the ants do not know how to forage so therefore they will also die.

 

Further Reading:

Natural ways to keep ants out of your kitchen.

Tips to keep Ants out of your home!

Ant Control Sydney

The good the bad and the ugly of pests

HOW TO WIN THE WAR ON ANTS IN YOUR HOME!