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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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10 Fun Facts About Termites

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  1. Termites may look similar to Ants but they are actually related to the Cockroach.
  2. In Indonesia & Africa Termites are roasted and eaten as a delicacy.
  3. Like the Cockroach and the Ants, Termites have been around since the dinosaur era.
  4. Termite Kings & Queens live in a colony and their workers bring them food for them to eat.
  5. Termites are nature’s way of bio degrading woods & logs.
  6. Termite workers & soldiers are blind.
  7. Termite queens can produce an egg every 15 to 30 seconds with the queen living up to 25 years.
  8. Termites outweigh humans.
  9. Termites are also known as the silent destroyers as you don’t know they are eating your home until you have a Termite Inspection or when it is too late and your house is falling apart.
  10. Termites pose a great threat than fires, floods and storms.

 

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Pest Control Sydney Frequently Asked Questions!

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Every day Redline Pest Control gets asked a bunch of questions whether it be from email enquiries or over the phone.

 

Redline Pest Control understands that each of our customers have concerns when it comes to pest control on their homes.

 

What areas are treated when having a General Pest Spray and how long does it take?

Depending on the size of your home it can take anywhere from:

 

• Unit: 45 minutes to 60 minutes
• Single storey home and villa: 60 minutes to 90 minutes
• Double storey home and townhouses: 90 minutes 120 minutes

 

Internally:

Skirting boards spray spraying under all furniture dusting of the roof void and 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 or any ornaments on your property close line bins and letterbox dusting of the sub-floor and in the crack in crevice.

 

How long do I need to leave my home for once the pest control has been done?

Redline Pest Control recommends that you leave for one to two hours depending on the weather that way the chemical has time to dry. If you are having a rodent treatment, an outside ant treatment or spider treatment you do not have to leave your home.

 

 

Are the chemicals harmful or toxic?

No, the chemicals we use are not only human and pet safe but it is also eco-friendly.

 

 

Is there an odour or smell once the pest control has been done?

No, there is no odour or smell once we apply the chemical to your home.

 

 

I have kids and pets if they touch a skirting board a few hours later will the chemical harm them?

No, once the chemical dries it will not affect humans or pets what so ever. We use non toxic chemicals.

 

I have pets, what should I do with them?

If you have a dog ask a neighbour or friend to look after it for around one hour or take the dog on a walk for an hour. If you have birds, reptiles or fish put a large damp sheet around their enclosures. If you have a cat the cat will usually go hide somewhere in the neighbours yard, if your cat is an indoor cat you will need to take your cat somewhere for an hour.

 

Do I need to prepare my home for pest control?

Yes, Redline Pest Control ask each of our customers to do the following:

• Do your weekly clean
• Put all plates, cups, utensils and pots and pans away
• Put all food away in appropriate places
• If you could move furniture away from the walls so we have access to your skirting boards, if furniture is to heavy don’t worry about trying to move it as we don’t want you to hurt yourself.
• If you have clothes on the clothesline please remove them
• If you have pet bowls please empty them and put them away
• Close all windows so the treatment will have more of an effect on your property.

 

When will I start seeing results from the pest control?

You will start seeing results almost immediately and will continue to see results up to 6 months. With most pest the initial time period of pest dying is up to 6 weeks after that the chemical acts like a barrier stopping them from entering your home.

 

When is a good time to have pest control on my home and how often should I get pest control?

Redline Pest Control does pest control all year round, we usually say to our customers to have a general pest treatment once a year. Sometimes depending on your location you may need pest control every 6 months or so. A lot of our customers do get pest control done around spring time once it starts to warm up.

 

How often should I have a Termite Inspection done on my home?

Redline Pest Control recommends that every home should have a Termite Inspection done every 12 months and every 6 months if you live in an area which has a lot of trees and bushes.

 

How long does a Termite Inspection take?

Every home is different and therefore the time will vary from home to home but we do ask our customers to leave around a 2 hour period for us to perform the Termite Inspection. Larger homes can take up to 3 to 4 hours depending on size.

 

Do I get a report for my Termite Inspection?

Yes, each property that has a Termite Inspection receives a comprehensive report which is either handed on the day or emailed over to you within 48 hours of having the Termite Inspection done.

 

I have had a Rodent Treatment, will I see dead rats or mice in my home?

It is really hard to say as each treatment is different. Around 9 out of 10 rodents do die outside as they go searching for a water source as the bait we use has a thinning agent in it causing the rodents to become dehydrated. There is that 1% that a rodent does die inside, this is due to your home having a water source. If the rodents do die the bait we use coagulates their blood and you may smell an odour for around 24 to 48 hours.

 

Will the bait used for Rodent Treatments affect my kids or pets?

No, we strategically place baits where children and pets cannot get to. For any rodent treatments which are outside or in certain parts of your home where bait needs to be applied we have lockable bait stations which children and pets cannot get into.

 

What if it rains the day of my treatment?

If it is raining the day of your treatment you will receive a call from one of our customer service representatives to advise you that we need to reschedule your appointment. If you are having a rodent treatment or German cockroach treatment only the service will still go ahead. If it rains an hour after we have done the treatment we will organise a time to come out and re spray the external areas of your home. Anything over an hour you need not worry as the chemical has already set it.

 

Do you offer same day Pest Services?

Yes, depending on availability on that day. It is best to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

 

Do you have a warranty on Pest Control?

Yes, we offer a 6 month warranty on most pests and depending on the level of infestation. To get a better idea on warranty speak to one of our customer service representatives.

 

How can we pay you for the Pest Service?

Redline Pest Control takes all major credit cards and cash on the day of treatment.

 

 

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Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites

 

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Termite life cycle

 

Subterranean Termites will be found underground, at base of trees and tree stumps, poles, under patios and in your sub-floor cavities, beneath bathrooms, roof voids and timber between your wall cavities.

 

Arboreal nest are found high up in trees with the queen usually at the top of the nest. Subterranean Termites will build underground tunnels and will also build mud tubes to gain access to their food source.

 

Mud tubes are made up of digested timber excrete.

 

Subterranean Termites will keep their nest in darkness and will have high humidity and moisture to allow them to stay hydrated.

 

If Subterranean Termites are exposed to open air and light it will cause them to dehydrate and cause them to die.

 

The only time Subterranean Termites will be able to see light and be in open air is when it is swarming season usually around late spring to summer.

 

It has been known given that the moisture level is high Subterranean Termites can build nest above ground by using their excrete to build their mud shelter.

 

If you have any leaky pipes and bad plumbing it is recommended to get this fixed ASAP as this provided Subterranean Termites the perfect moisture level to survive and continue eating your home.

 

A Subterranean Termite nest can consist of around one thousand termites if not more and will always have a queen termite, king termite, nymph’s termites, worker termites, soldier termites and alates which are reproductive termites with wings.

 

Coptotermes Acinaciformis

 

You will find Coptotermes Acinaciformis Termites across Australia and will find that this species is the most destructive termite in NSW and will eat through timber both hard wood and soft wood.

 

Coptotermes Acinaciformis will build their nest underground, at base of trees and tree stumps, poles, under patios and in your sub-floor cavities, beneath bathrooms, roof voids and timber between your wall cavities.

 

Coptotermes Frenchi

 

Coptotermes Frenchi is found from Adelaide to Cooktown and roughly 150kms inland and is destructive termites to forests and homes in urban areas. Coptotermes Frenchi will build nest predominantly in trees but will also build mounds if they need to.

 

Coptotermes Frenchi cause a lot of damage especially to homes built with soft wood such as Oregon timber.

 

 

Coptotermes Lacteus

 

Coptotermes Lacteus will be found from Victoria to Bundaberg and roughly 150kms inland.

 

Coptotermes Lacteus will attack dead trees, stumps and other timber structures which have died.

 

Coptotermes Lacteus is not really considered a pest unless the timber that they attack is in direct contact with the ground.

 

Coptotermes Lacteus will build above mounds which are constantly hard and can reach up to 2 meters high.

 

Nasutitermes Exitiosus

 

Nasutitermes Exitiosus will be found on the lower half of Australia from Carnarvon Western Australia across to Bundaberg Queensland.

 

Nasutitermes Exitiosus can be very difficult to find, often their nest will give their presence away.

 

Nasutitermes Exitiosus will build its domed nest and will usually be broader in diameter than in height.

 

These domed nests will be built from underground and will be built just over half a meter above ground.

 

Nasutitermes Exitiosus are hard to find and usually the top of their mounds will give them away.

 

Nasutitermes Exitiosus are quite destructive and will attack wood debris, power poles and structural wood found in buildings.

 

 

Nasutitermes Walkeri

 

Nasutitermes Walkeri is found from Wollongong to Cairns and roughly 150kms inland they build their arboreal nest on the main trunk of a tree or in the fork of the tree.

 

Nasutitermes Walkeri builds a hidden nest usually inside the tree trunk which is connected to the visible nest that you would see outside on the trunk or fork of the branches. Nasutitermes Walkeri will attack fallen or decaying timbers.

 

Nasutitermes Walkeri can pose a serious threat to your subfloor as with poor ventilation it can result in fungal growth or wood rot.

 

Schedorhinotermes

 

Now there are few species of the Schedorhinotermes which are:

 

  • Schedorhinotermes SPP – all over mainland of Australia
  • Schedorhinotermes Intermedius – Nowra to Bundaberg
  • Schedorhinotermes Actuosus – Tropic of Capricorn
  • Schedorhinotermes Breinli – Gladstone QLD to NT-WA boarder
  • Schedorhinotermes Derosus – North western WA to western QLD
  • Schedorhinotermes Seclusus – Coastal Cairns QLD to Taree NSW

 

Schedorhinotermes SPP and Schedorhinotermes Intermedius is the one to look out for in NSW and will build their nest in tree stumps and other timbers which have direct contact with the ground such as dead and living trees and timbers, fence lines, patio posts and wooden piers.

 

Schedorhinotermes will attack structural timbers and considered a very destructive termite when it comes to termites.

 

Schedorhinotermes have two soldiers in their colony a major soldier and a minor soldier.

 

The minor soldier will appear first and once the colony is well under way then the major soldier will come in to the nest.

 

If the major soldier is sighted than that is a very clear indication that you will have a large infestation of these Schedorhinotermes which could results in severe damages to structural timbers, timber post, fence lines and patios.

 

Microcerotermes

 

Like the Schedorhinotermes there is a few species of the Microcerotermes which are:

 

  • Microcerotermes SPP – Townsville to Port Stephens and roughly 100km inland
  • Microcerotermes Serratus – Northern SA, WA,NT,QLD and western NSW
  • Distinctus – WA,SA, inland VIC and NSW
  • Microcerotermes Implacidus Inland VIC and NSW

 

Microcerotermes Distinctus and Implacidus are the ones that affect NSW and will usually be found to build their arboreal nest high up on timber post, poles, and trees, Microcerotermes will also build small mounds. Microcerotermes will attack structural timbers if they are old or weathered. Look for damage on fence lines, post, wooden piers and wooden poles.

 

Heterotermes

 

There are two species of the Heterotermes which are:

 

  • Heterotermes SPP – found in NT and QLD
  • Heterotermes Ferox – found in most parts of Australia

 

Heterotermes Ferox builds their small nest around decaying wood sources, logs and other decaying timbers with direct contact to the ground.  Heterotermes Ferox in found in throughout forest and urban Australia and will attack decaying and damp timber debris, structures, fence lines, decking, patios, post and poles.

 

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