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Termites in Australia!

Termites in Australia!

 

Termites in Australia!
Termites in Australia!

 

There are five family groups of termites that is represented in Australia:

 

• Rhinotermitidar – 30 species
• Termitidae – 266 species
• Kalotermitidae – 46 species
• Mastotermitidae – 1 species
• Termopsidae – 5 species

 

There are three groups that classify termites.

 

• Subterranean – will usually build their colony underground, under patios and base of trees. Will build mud leads and underground tunnels.
• Dampwood – will usually build their colonies in timber landscaping, damp subfloors or damp wood.
• Drywood – will usually be found in tropical climates, will nest in drywood and does not need ground contact.

 

Description of termites!

 

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Did you know that termites are one of the most social insects that live on this planet, termites work and live together in groups. Each colony contains several types (castes). The castes are separated into three groups:

 

• Workers
• Soldiers
• Reproductives

 

Different species prefer different habitats such as Subterranean termites like soil and ground contact. They tend to build their nests underground. Subterranean termites can also create termite mounds that go above ground level. Mature colonies may reach up to two million individual termites and the queens are capable of laying 2000 eggs per day. Termite colonies can exist up to 50 years.

 

Termites in Australia!
Termites in Australia!

 

Behaviour of termites!

 

The Worker termite will dominate the colony population as their primary role is to build the nest, tend the eggs and young, and gather the food for the colony.

Worker termites are wingless, sterile, and blind.

 

The Soldier Termite is also wingless, sterile, and blind. There are two types of termites, Mandibulated with prominent jaws and the Nasute with a pronounced snout. Their primary function is to defend the colony.

 

The Reproductive termite has a functional reproductive system complete with wings and eyes. Termites will usually swarm around spring to early summer or late summer to early autumn. After swarming the termites will seek out a suitable place to form a new colony. The king shape really doesn’t differ but the queen’s abdomen becomes enormously distended with eggs.

 

Risks of termites!

 

Termites in Australia!
Termites in Australia!

 

termites also known as the silent destroyer, they can cause serious structural damage to your home or business. Termites can conceal themselves provides the perfect amount of time to cause considerable damage before they are discovered.

 

Termites in Australia!
Termites in Australia!

 

 

Further Reading:

Termites Castle HIll

Termites In Kellyville

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

Termites in Australia 

Ticks Sydney Pest Control

Ticks Sydney Pest Control

 

Ticks Sydney Pest Control
Ticks Sydney Pest Control

 

With Ticks in Sydney and around the world, ticks are blood sucking parasites which feed on the blood of humans and pets.

 

With over 800 species worldwide and with roughly 70 species here in Australia it is reported that this summer ticks in Sydney are on the rise and breeding rapidly.

 

Ticks have four pairs of legs, their head, body and thorax are fused together and is an orangey browny colour. Nymphs have only three pairs of legs.

 

With the male ticks they have a plate which covers their entire body and the female only has half a plate covering their body.

 

With the lifecycle of a tick there are four development stages it will go through, egg, larvae, nymph and adult.

 

In order for a female tick to survive she must have a host to feed on as this is fundamental in passing from stage to stage in their life and to produce eggs.

 

Tick eggs will only be laid in moist surroundings and with a single female she can produce over 3000 eggs which will hatch between 40 to 60 days.

 

Once the eggs have hatch they then become into larvae and will be referred to as seed ticks and is anywhere from 1 – 2 mm long. Once the larvae mature a little bit their skin will harden and will be able to start climbing onto things that will give them the opportunity to attach themselves to a native host which is an animal. (this is only for the larvae stage of life)

 

Larvae usually will feed anywhere from 4 to 6 days on their host after their feed they will then detach themselves from their host and will transform into a nymph.

 

Nymphs will spend time in a moist environment for up to 40 days before finding a new host to feed on.

 

Nymphs are roughly between 2 to 5 mm and will feed for up to 7 days on their new host until they detach themselves where they will moult for a final time before it becomes an adult.

 

Once the nymph has matured in to an adult tick they will usually be around 5 to 6 mm in length and will reattach themselves on to their host for a feed and once they have engorged for up to 20 days the tick will become globular and will reach up to 10mm in length.

 

There are two classifications of ticks which are soft ticks and hard ticks.

 

Soft ticks are from the family order of Argasidae are not that common and will rarely come in contacts with humans. They have a leathery winkled appearance.

 

Hard ticks are from the family order of Xodidae and are very common in attaching themselves to humans. They have short elongated mouth pieces with a row of teeth which points backwards, they have a hard-flat body.

 

What are signs of a tick bite?

 

If you have been bitten by a tick, symptoms usually start to appear within 3-7 days.

 

  • Death may be caused by respiratory failure or heart failure.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Pupils become dilated and look sick.
  • Discharge from your eyes.
  • Vomiting, grunting and wheezing can be present.
  • Become paralysed.

 

 

How can you reduce the risk of ticks around your home in Sydney?

 

  • Like possums bandicoots are a protective species and if you have bandicoots you will need to get someone who will be able to catch and release the bandicoot to an alternate location.
  • Go around your home and do a total lawn care makeover, mow lawns regularly, prune trees, bushes and foliage.
  • Scan you pets every few days to make sure that they haven’t picked up any ticks. (if you do find ticks on your pets please take them to the vet as sometimes when pulling them out you can break them off causing the poison to be still in your pet.
  • Call a trusted pest control company in Sydney where they will blanket spray not only your lawn but hedges, garden beds, shrubs, bushy areas on your premises for ticks in Sydney.

 

Further Reading on pests:

Ground Dwelling Spider Treatments Sydney

Three things Rodents love about your home

What is bird lice and how do we get bird lice?

Ticks Sydney Pest Control

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

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

What is an Alate?

 

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.

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

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.

 

Map supplied by CSIRO Australia.
Map supplied by CSIRO Australia.

 

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

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

  • 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 For Termites:

Is your home protected from termites

Subterranean termites

Drywood Termites

Dampwood Termites

Termites in Kellyville

Termites Castle Hill

Is it important to  have a termite inspection

Termite Services

 

Termites Sydney

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney
Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

Congratulations you made the first step on purchasing that dream home or investment property. But what do you need to do to make sure that you are protected when it comes to purchasing that property?

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney
Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney
Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

 

What is the first step that buyers must do?

 

First step that buyers must do is a pre-purchase inspection. This inspection is a must if you want to avoid buying a house riddled with termites, wood rot and many other issues.

 

So what Does Redline Pest Control have to offer when it comes to your Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney?

 

  • Fully licensed and insured with public liability.
  • 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
  • Technicians who are highly trained to pick up the smallest inconsistencies on or around your property.
  • A service which is not only of the highest standard but a professional approach to speak to you in a way that you will understand.
  • Competitive prices.

 

What are you looking for in a Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney?

 

Redline Pest Control technician conducts a pre-purchase inspection he is looking for any termites, termite workings, borers, borer’s damage, wood rot, ventilation issues, poor drainage, high risk areas for termites and structural damage.

 

How do you conduct a Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney?

 

  • Inspect interior walls, skirtings and staircases.
  • Inspect roof void, subfloor, outbuilding and external areas.
  • Tapping of timbers and use of a moisture meter to see if there is any internal areas that look out of the norm.

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney
Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

 

Once the inspection has been done what do I get so I know the inspection has been carried out?

 

  • Full inspection report outlining any issues that we may of found.
  • Report includes high definition photos of any issues.
  • Free no obligation quote to fix any issues regarding termites or if you need a termite prevention barrier.
  • Advise you of things which need to be removed from the property such a sleepers, timbers, logs, wood chippings and various other items as it very well could attract termites.

 

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney
Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

 

Further Reading:

Man warns others to get a pre-purchase inspection (courtesy of channel 9

Termite Inspections

Termite Treatments

Is Your Home Protected By Termites?

Types of Termites

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

 

Why is it so important to have a termite inspection on your home?

 

 

For anyone who has either just bought their home or that has owned their home for a while now needs to know just how important a termite inspection is on your home.

 

 

First and foremost, when is a good time to have a termite inspection done on your home?

 

 

I always advise our clients that by Australian standards if you are in an area that is bushy or that is well known to have termites have an inspection every 6 to 12 months. If your area is not bushy you can have an inspection every 12 months.

 

 

What can happen if I don’t have a termite inspection?

 

 

A lot can happen such as extensive termite damage that can lead into the thousands or even worse your home will have to be demolished. Unfortunately no insurance companies cover the cost for termite damage and unless you have very deep pockets I would highly recommend that an inspection is vital for your home.

 

 

What can I do to reduce the risk of termites coming and setting up home at my house?

 

 

There are a number of things you can do to help reduce the risk of termites.

 

 

  • Keep a well ventilated subfloor and roof void as termites love moisture and humidity.
  • Fix leaking pipes and taps as you don’t want a water source for the termites.
  • Remove any wood debris such as wood chippings, sleepers, tree stumps etc.
  • Do mini inspections on your home to see if there is anything out of the ordinary.
  • Have regular termite inspections.

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

What are some signs that I have termites?

 

 

  • Mud particles protruding through the gyprock fibro or any other timbers in or around your home. Mud tunnels are created by termite faeces.
  • When your timbers have a warp or hollow shape to it.
  • When your walls or ceilings paint start to blister.
  • When your floors or ceilings start to sag.
  • If you have power outage due to termites eating through the electrical cables.

 

 

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Redline Pest Control

 

 

What should you do if you find active termites on your premises?

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

Please under no circumstances do not disturb them. Disturbing them only moves them from where you found them making it hard for any pest technician to pinpoint where they have moved to.

 

You see you may have found termites on one section of your premises but in reality that could be a sub nest and that the actual nest that the queen ls in could be on a neighbouring property.  Now if you have disturbed them how are we going to treat the termites if we can’t see the termites? Yes sure we can treat that area that you saw the termites but that would not fix the issue that you have.

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
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